Bad tenants tar­geted

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Renters may have to take out in­sur­ance or pay the ex­cess on their land­lord’s in­sur­ance pol­icy for prop­erty dam­age un­der changes be­ing looked at by the Gov­ern­ment.

The Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed it is look­ing at pos­si­ble changes to the Res­i­den­tial Ten­ancy Act, af­fect­ing 450,000 renters.

The re­view has been sparked by an out­cry over re­cent court de­ci­sions and Ten­ancy Tri­bunal rul­ings.

In one re­cent case the tri­bunal sided with a ten­ant who breached the ten­ancy agree­ment’s no pets pol­icy. .

The tri­bunal re­jected a claim by the land­lord that she should pay to re­place car­pets ru­ined by a dog.

Although the tri­bunal ac­cepted the ten­ant, Amanda Ste­wart, breached the ten­ancy agree­ment, it had not been es­tab­lished that she in­tended to dam­age the car­pet.

In another case, the Court of Ap­peal ruled in favour of a cou­ple who were pur­sued by the land­lord’s in­surer for the cost of a house fire, caused by an un­tended pot on the stove.

The court sided with the renters, Kenji and Tieko Osaki, and the tri­bunal later put out a prac­tice note to help clar­ify how the rul­ing would be ap­plied.

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