Ten­ancy changes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAN­DRA AN­DREWS

Im­por­tant changes to ten­ancy law oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 1 last year and these af­fect the rights and obli­ga­tions of ten­ants and land­lords. Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est: Let­ting fees: All prop­erty man­agers can now charge let­ting fees.

Board­ing houses: Board­ing houses (with more than six ten­ants) are now cov­ered by the Act.

End of fixed term ten­an­cies: A fixed term ten­ancy will re­vert to a pe­ri­odic ten­ancy on the ten­ancy ex­piry date un­less the ten­ant or land­lord gives no­tice.

Land­lords over­seas: If a land­lord is go­ing to be over­seas for more than 21 days then they have to ap­point some­one in New Zealand to act on their be­half.

New of­fences: A num­ber of un­law­ful acts have been added, in­clud­ing in­ter­fer­ence with the sup­ply of ser­vices, fail­ure to com­ply with a tri­bunal ter­mi­na­tion or­der, ha­rass­ing other ten­ants and neigh­bours, and sub­let­ting with­out the land­lord’s con­sent.

Ap­pli­cants who have been to­tally suc­cess­ful in a Ten­ancy Tri­bunal ap­pli­ca­tion are able to have their ap­pli­ca­tion fee re­funded by the other party.

Aban­doned Goods: Land­lords are now more eas­ily able to dis­pose of goods left be­hind by ten­ants.

For more de­tails on these and other changes please re­fer to cab.org.nz or to the Depart­ment of Build­ing and Hous­ing web­site, dbh.govt.nz.

If you would like to talk about this topic with an ad­viser or have a query on any other topic please come in and see us at the Porirua Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bu­reau, 2nd floor Pem­ber House, 16 Ha­gley St or call us on 04 237 8846 or email us on cab. porirua@ xtra. co. nz. We are open Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am till 4.30pm, and to 7pm on Thurs­day night.

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