A “bad tenant database” where landlords can rate and review would be renters online, is receiving a mixed response among tenant advocates and rental-owners.

Manawatu Tenants Union co-ordinator Kevin Reilly acknowledged there were bad tenants but there was also the danger a renter, who had suffered bad luck or a personality clash with a landlord, could find themselves blacklisted and unable to find a home.

“I’m really sad to hear about it, because we’ve always suspected this kind of thing was going on. [But] we do have laws and systems to sort those kinds of disputes out.”

Tenancy Information New Zealand, a private group that runs the database, argued it was just another tool to weed-out bad tenants from good.

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