27 August 2018

Landlords, tenants and other interested people can have their say on proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.

A discussion document is available that covers the following proposed changes:

  • ending no cause terminations while ensuring landlords are still able to end tenancies for justifiable reasons
  • increasing the amount of notice a landlord must generally give tenants to terminate a tenancy from 42 days to 90 days
  • whether changes to fixed-term agreements are justified to improve security of tenure
  • limiting rent increases to once a year
  • whether there should be limitations on the practice of ‘rent bidding’ 
  • whether the general obligations that tenants and landlords have remain fit for purpose
  • better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets and minor alternations to the home
  • whether further controls for boarding houses are needed to provide adequate protection for boarding house tenants
  • introducing new tools and processes into the compliance and enforcement system.

The discussion document and a link to an online submission survey are available at: https://www.hud.govt.nz/rta-reform(external link)

Consultation runs for eight weeks and closes at 5pm, on Sunday 21 October 2018.

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