The Government has today introduced an omnibus bill which includes restrictions on terminating tenancies during COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
The draft legislation will allow restrictions against tenancy terminations to be switched on and off in response to Alert Level 4 by Ministerial order.
Under the proposed restrictions:
- landlords will not be able to terminate tenancies, except in limited circumstances
- most terminations will be postponed until after the restrictions lift
- landlords will still be able to apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to terminate tenancies on limited grounds, such as where a tenant engages in significant anti-social behaviour or substantial property damage.
The bill will be referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee, where the public can provide feedback on the proposals.
The aim of the new legislation is to provide clarity for landlords and tenants during Alert Level 4 and to support tenants to comply with public health guidance to stay at home and remain in their current tenancy.
For more information about the draft legislation see the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development's website.(external link)
To follow the progress of the bills see Parliament.nz(external link)
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