Fast­Track for ten­ancy rows

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ten­ancy dis­putes will be re­solved at a quicker pace thanks to a new on­line sys­tem.

Build­ing and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith in­tro­duced the new Fast­Track Res­o­lu­tion ser­vice on Novem­ber 17.

The idea is to speed up the process for land­lords and ten­ants try­ing to re­solve rent ar­rears dis­putes, which make up 76 per cent of the 4300 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived by the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal an­nu­ally. Pro­cess­ing times for ap­pli­ca­tions will also be re­duced. Smith says it will cut down the rent ar­rears dis­putes process from 12 days to as lit­tle as 48 hours.

‘‘The new sys­tem is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s prac­ti­cal im­prove­ments in ten­ancy ser­vices,’’ he says.

The next step is to shift the ten­ancy bond sys­tem on­line, he says.

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