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PHOTO: VIRGINIA WOOLF/STUFF A renters’ advocacy group says it is “appalled” by Property Brokers’ discouraging landlords from offering rent holidays.

A nationwide property management company has changed the wording of its advice to landlords wanting to offer rent holidays to tenants struggling during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Property Brokers had been suggesting on its website that landlords offer grocery vouchers or help paying power bills as an alternative to rent holidays.

Chief executive Bill Highnet said in hindsight the advice had been poorly worded.

“We accept that our phrasing was inartful and that our intent was not clear. We apologise for the confusion this has caused and we have rephrased this content on our website.”