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  • New changes to Residential Tenancies Act explained

    Hi All,

    Here's a summary of the new changes to the RTA - that all Landlords need to know - and if you're managing your rental properties you will need to know the Act and the changes in more detail.

    https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/law-changes/

    11 FEB 2021

    NewsHub has an easy-to-read overview of the coming amendments including:

    Evictions - you can no longer give 90 days to get rid of tenants. Specific reasons are required.

    Proof of 3 instances of antisocial behaviour within 90 days
    Rent 5 days late, for 5 times in 90 days

    the exception is - if the tenant has or threatened to cause exceptional damage to the property, or damage to a person, or use the property for illegal activity or they are 21 days behind in rent.


    Modifications - the tenant can do minor stuff like hang pictures, add safety gates etc. If change is minor and can be changed back at end of tenancy it can not be denied. Plus LL to allow fibre internet instaff if it does not compromise weatherproofness or breach body corp rules.

    Rents - properties must be listed with a price to prevent bidding wars. And major change is - the tenant can change their interests and responsibilities to someone else. Landlord needs to justify why the tenancy can not be in someone else's name!

    Documentation - Landlords must be on top of the paperwork and records. For example all receipts for work done and fees must be available for presentation to Gov't e.g. MBIE if required.

    Privacy - the tenant can apply to Tenancy Tribunal for name suppression to avoid being blacklisted

    And there is more to come in August 2021 - we will add them near the time.

    source

    cheers,

    Donna

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