Landlords need incentives. Photo / File A_RDP0558444498.JPG
The very best way to increase the supply of houses to rent (which will help to steady rent increases) is to make it easier for landlords to be landlords, offer them incentives to be so and remove what in my view is all the hateful Soviet-style attacks and laws which is driving some away.
In reply to Jim Adams (Letters, September 8), being a landlord is a business and when a business becomes pilloried and abused and hunted down, then the business owner will walk away and look for more pleasant investment opportunities.
It really is that simple.
More rental houses mean lower rents and greater choice for potential tenants, which is the exact opposite to the outgoing Labour coalition's impact.
Action on drugs needed now
With the debate on methamphetamine, it is important to remember that many young people smoke cannabis already.
It is through ignorance of the consequences this happens, not realising cannabis hinders their ability to learn; can cause serious mental health problems, while we spend thousands getting rid of smoking, and now we know that dealers lace cannabis with methamphetamine in order to hook drug addicts.
I am grateful that One Party's proposed policy of helping addicts get off their addiction would be welcomed, but we need to come down much harder on those that benefit from plying their dope trade.
All the assets, not some, should be stripped from dealers found guilty, and the funds put into the health system to help cure the misery the dealers have created.
Neglect of our children and the rotten amount of domestic violence is shameful and we know methamphetamine is too often the cause.
We need to see change and getting rid of cannabis and methamphetamine with a good education programme starting with our children and parents so society understands fully that this health issue if not tackled holistically will lead to more tragedies and positive action is required now not later.
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