with Dan Lusy
of Tauranga Rentals Ltd
The most important document which governs how Landlords and Tenants must act is The Residential Tenancies Act 1986, which was revised in 2010. I have listed some of those rights below:
The Act states all bonds paid by a tenant to a landlord must be lodged with The Department of Building and Housing within 23 days of receiving it.
The landlord must give the tenant 60 days notice of any rent increase and must not increase it within 180 days of the last increase.
The tenant is entitled to quiet enjoyment of the premises without interruption from the landlord or people acting for them.
The landlord must provide the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness and a reasonable state of repair.
The landlord must give the tenant a minimum of 48 hours notice and not longer than 14 days notice to inspect the premises.
The landlord must give a minimum of 24 hours notice for the purpose of carrying out necessary repairs or maintenance to the premises.
The landlord must give the tenant 42 days notice to vacate if they or one of their family is to move in, 42 days notice to vacate if the property has sold unconditionally or 90 days notice for any other reason.
This Act is 183 pages long so I have not covered anywhere near all of the rights tenants have and I will cover some of the landlord’s rights next month.
For any questions relating to this article, contact Dan Lusby, principal of Tauranga Rentals Ltd, a property management company that rents out houses.