Residential Tenancies Act 1986
Click Property Management requests that you as a client fully understand and adhere to your obligations as a landlord, as required by the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. Failure to comply can result in serious consequences- which is the last thing that we want for our owners.
Click Property Management abide by all laws and Government Legislation ensuring your interests are protected and that all legal obligations are met with a minimum of fuss or involvement on your part. At Click, we keep up-to-date with the latest changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.
Key Information About Some of the 2016 Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act:
- Working smoke alarms must be installed in all residential rental homes and checked between every tenancy. Any replacement alarms installed need to have long life batteries and a photoelectric sensor, or be hard wired. Read our article on Smoke Alarms.
- All residential rental homes in New Zealand will be required to have insulation to keep a home warm in winter and cool in summer. Social housing (where tenants pay an income related rent) must be insulated by 1 July 2016 and all other rental homes by 1 July 2019.
- Landlords are required to provide a statement on the tenancy agreement for any new tenancy commencing from 1 July 2016 about the location, type and condition of insulation in the rental home.
Tenancy Abandonment Process
- The updated law introduces an expedited process for a landlord to regain possession of their rental property when the property has been abandoned.
- The expedited process for regaining possession will enable a Tenancy Adjudicator to decide the case based on evidence landlords have provided in their abandonment application. Landlords will not need to be present when the Adjudicator considers the evidence under this new process.
- The Tenancy Tribunal Application Online form has been updated to include the updated abandonment process.
Enhanced Enforcement Function
- The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has greater enforcement powers, including investigating and taking proceedings to the Tribunal on behalf of the tenant, even without the tenant’s consent.
- It is an unlawful act for a landlord to end a tenancy in retaliation for a tenant exercising their rights under the Residential Tenancies Act. This is called a ‘retaliatory notice’ under the Act. Tenants who take direct action against landlords will be able to challenge an alleged retaliatory notice up to 28 working days after it has been issued.