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A renters union has demanded the Government treat Kiwis renting property throughout the coronavirus pandemic with the same financial stability and care as that given to homeowners earlier this week.

Yesterday, the Government announced a six-month mortgage holiday for homeowners to ensure Kiwis keep their properties while finances are strained by the lockdown and other issues surrounding Covid-19.

Now, Robert Whitaker, an organiser for Renters United, wants the same security for those renting during the pandemic.

“Yesterday, the Prime Minister assured homeowners that ‘no-one would lose their home’ due to Covid-19. The one-third of New Zealanders who rent need this same certainty, both during the lockdown and beyond,” Mr Whitaker said in a statement.

“Renters, like all New Zealanders, will unite to fight Covid-19 but to do so we need a secure and stable home from which we can play our part. Renters United is calling for the Government to take urgent action to make this a reality.”

As such, Renters United is urging the Government to tackle multiple aspects of renting life.