Tenancy Services works with the Ministry of Justice to schedule Tenancy Tribunal hearings.

If a case is going to a Tribunal hearing, it will usually take 20 working days from the application date to the hearing date. This might be longer in the busier months of January to March. Mediation cases take about eight working days from when the application is made to mediation.

Tenancy Tribunal hearings take place in courts around the country.

The number of hearing days varies from one court to another. This depends on the number of applications expected in each location. These sometimes change if applications have increased or decreased in that area.

Some urgent cases may be heard within 20 working days. For example, cases where there is serious risk to people or property.

If tenants have abandoned a property, a landlord can apply for an 'expedited abandonment application'. Landlords can't legally take back possession of the property until the court has transferred it back to them. This process may start within 48 hours but you must meet the criteria.

More information on abandoned properties

Your case could be delayed if:

  • paperwork has not been completed properly
  • tenants or landlords aren't prepared for the tribunal hearing
  • the case is more complicated than expected.

Sometimes a hearing date needs to be rearranged. Case coordinators will work with you to help avoid these delays where possible.

Court sitting days by location

(In larger centres, there may be more than one court holding hearings)

LocationNumber of court sitting days per month
Ashburton 1
Auckland 40
Blenheim 2 or 3
Christchurch 31
Dunedin 7
Gisborne 4
Greymouth 1 or 2
Hamilton 16
Hastings 5
Hawera 2
Huntly 1 or 2
Hutt Valley 10
Invercargill 3 or 4
Kaikohe 3
Kaitaia 2
Manukau 42
Masterton 2
Napier 5 or 6
Nelson 4
New Plymouth 4
North Shore 20
Palmerston North 9
Porirua 7
Pukekohe 2 or 3
Queenstown 1 or 2
Rotorua 8
Taumarunui 1
Taupo 3 or 4
Tauranga 11
Te Kuiti 1
Thames 2
Timaru 2
Tokoroa 3
Wairoa 1
Waitakere 20
Whanganui 4
Wellington 16
Whakatane 4
Whangarei 8
Rating form

Did you find this information helpful?

For general enquiries please contact us