Anecdote Based Policy

Who needs evidence of a systemic problem to justify government intervention?  An analysis of whether the benefit (if any) of government intervention will exceed the costs?  Ha.  That’s for suckers.

Government is for action, for fairness and for social justice.  Adverse outcomes from government intervention don’t exist.  When government intervenes, there are never adverse outcomes.  Just look at electricity and internet where Australia is world class in both.

Who needs evidence or analysis when you have NSW Labor.  Having listened to Betty from Balgowlah and Peter from Peakhurst, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has proposed that, should NSW Labor return to Government in NSW:

Renters will no longer be subject to unfair evictions under a Foley Labor Government.

Now NSW Labor is the organisation that gifted citizens with Eddie Obied and Ian Macdonald, but hey.

Under the Foley plan, a Foley-Labor Government will:

  • End no-fault evictions, specifying a list of grounds for the landlord to terminate a lease
  • Introduce tenancies for up to 5 years in length in consultation with the industry
  • Stipulate 12 month tenancies as a minimum
  • Limit rent reviews to once a year

A Foley Labor-Government will also:

monitor new technologies including rent bidding Apps and intervene if there is clear evidence they are putting upward pressure on rents

Gee.  I wonder how landlords might respond to such proposals?  Hmm.  Might they price in the risk of making it difficult to evict tenants?  Possibly.  Could they undertake “extreme vetting” of applicants to make it harder for people to enter the rental market?  Maybe.  Might they just withdraw their properties from the long term rental market and offer them in the short term (AirBNB) market?  Conceivably?

What might be the net impact?  To make renting more expensive and harder for Betty and Peter.  But hey, members of a Foley Labor-Government will feel good about themselves.  For progressives, Government is about intentions and not outcomes.  Outcomes are for suckers.

But hang on.  NSW Labor also proposes to tax properties that have been left vacant for more than six months.  That’s right.  if NSW Labor does not like what you are doing with your property, you must be taxed!  Economic freedom?  Property rights?  Not in NSW under a Foley Labor-Government.

Such reforms might also open a fascinating interplay between a NSW Labor Government and NSW Local governments; the planning approval authorities that could not approve a light bulb replacement in less than 12 months.

Maybe Mr Foley is just angling for a tax payer funded junket to New York to take in the wisdom of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who in a recent interview said:

I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse.

Central planning with Government running the show.  You know it makes sense.

God help Mr Tooth Fairy should he fail to leave a fair amount under the pillow of a child under a Foley Fairness government.  I just can’t wait to read the Foley Labor-Government proposals to legislate for intergalactic peace.  Paid for by NSW citizens of course.

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18 Responses to Anecdote Based Policy

  1. stackja

    In December 1932 the Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1932. (N.S.W.) came into force.

  2. lotocoti

    So, if I’m, say, selling here and buying there, but there’s a one month, 3 month, 6 month gap between here and there, what do I do?
    Go on the lam?

  3. Up The Workers!

    “And by 1990, no Australian child will be living in poverty!”

    (Or has that one already been done?)

    Australian LIARS Party.
    You can really TRUST them.
    Bull Shitten guarantees it!

  4. 2dogs

    I’m calling a strike.

    As a landlord of a property in NSW, can I make a pact with all other NSW landlords on this site.

    If these laws ever pass a house of parliament, we will immediately terminate the leases of our tenants, before they get royal assent and we are stopped by them.

    The prospect of millions of Sydneysiders left instantly homeless will make Foley wake up to consequences of these laws.

  5. Bela Bartok

    Hi 2dogs
    As a landlord in Sydney, I found out you cannot terminate a lease, even if you’re selling the property.
    This just gives renters security from being evicted for trashing a place, late payments etc.
    It’s socialist sh1te.

  6. benaud

    I always thought it was obvious that easy eviction = easy rental.

    Its seems that the ALP policies are designed to benefit the middle class and do over struggle street.

  7. By the sounds of it, the next step will be that the government will set the (maximum) value of houses. That will ensure that everyone can afford a house.

  8. True Aussie

    I found out you cannot terminate a lease, even if you’re selling the property.

    Bullshit. I know people who have been evicted.

    Stipulate 12 month tenancies as a minimum

    Foley is an idiot. The people who benefit from short term leases are those with unstable work.

  9. True Aussie

    If all you poor landlords don’t want to rent then sell your houses and let the market determine the outcome.

  10. NB

    ‘in consultation with the industry’
    Who is ‘the industry’? Not property owners I suspect.

  11. Natural Instinct

    End no-fault evictions, specifying a list of grounds for the landlord to terminate a lease

    There is always fault – you just don’t say so, because if you do that just leads down a rabbit hole where you find lawyers having a picnic. Rational response to irrational regulations.

  12. 2dogs

    I generally arrange for my tenants to go on a continuation after the initial lease, which under current law, can be terminated with 60 days notice, no fault.

    It is this style of termination that is at risk.

    If I were to move back to Sydney under this proposed law, I would not be able to move back into my own place.

  13. GerardO

    2dogs
    That’s a top-tier dummy spit. Comedy gold.
    ——————————————————
    This can be solved pretty easily: abolish private property.

  14. Tel

    Its seems that the ALP policies are designed to benefit the middle class and do over struggle street.

    Thinking on the margin.

    The ALP can take the “struggle street” vote for granted, tossing them some welfare bones and sending out fake SMS telling them some entitlements will be taken away. Don’t mention that minimum wage is what keeps them down perpetually, tell them they will be better off with a higher minimum wage (let me seeeee, I work zero hours and at a higher rate I would earn a bigger zero… hooooo yeah).

  15. Hydra

    When I was renting I was crying out for a 6 month rental term several times but couldn’t get one. Pain in the ass.

  16. Marcus

    And yet, if I were a NSW voter I would still give my first preference to Labor if that means purging the Photios Coalition Team from office.

    A solid win to Foley with the Conservatives holding the balance of power in the Upper House – seems like the best outcome to me.

  17. iain russell

    Orkopolous, Wright, Dick Face, D’Arcy, Merri Rose, Nutgall, Finnigan the list goes on and on. Add in suicide by sole occupant motor vehicle crash and there is enough meat in there to force even the most rusted on member of The Filth to wonder about who their people are. And the Member for the Mob got away with it and even has a statue in his dishonour.

  18. Rabz

    The prospect of millions of Sydneysiders left instantly homeless will make Foley wake up to consequences of these laws.

    I’d envision Foley attempting to persecute landlords even more, were such action to be taken.

    Thank goodness I’m no longer a landlord.

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