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Govt's pet plan peeves some renter advocates | TVNZ Breakfast

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A renters advocacy group argues the Government's pet bond plan will result in more regulation for potential renters while leaving the power balance between landlords and tenants "untouched".

The pet bond will change the Residential Tenancies Act to allow landlords to charge an additional bond of up to two weeks' rent — on top of the standard bond which is up to four weeks' rent — if a tenant wishes to have a pet in a property.

Housing Minister Chris Bishop said it will give tenants with pets greater choice when looking for rental properties.

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