Property rights


PHOTO: CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Housing Minister Phil Twyford received a warning from officials last year about the potential downside of his proposed housing ‘super-agency’. (File photo)

Officials have warned Housing Minister Phil Twyford that property rights could be eroded by the all-powerful land agency he wants to create.

Land owners whose land is deemed necessary for housing could be forced into exchanging their property for shares or money by the proposed new Housing and Urban Development Authority (UDA).

Property Institute chief executive Ashley Church said he had received documents that showed Twyford’s own housing officials had advised him last year that giving the new agency land acquisition powers could undermine property rights across the board.