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Flat/house sharing agreement

Flat house sharing agreement Flat/house sharing agreements between tenants and other flatmates are not covered under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. Tenants and other flatmates will, however, find it useful to have a written agreement. This is an example of what could be included in an agreement. Flat…

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Flatting

… people. But if you’re a flatmate, rather than a tenant, you may have different rights. The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the Act) only covers tenants and landlords, not flatmates. What is a tenant?. If you have signed a tenancy agreement with a landlord, you’re a tenant. You’re legally responsible for the place. Tenants are jointly r…

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Who tenancy law protects

… the relationship between landlords and tenants outlines their rights and responsibilities provides a system for helping resolve tenancy disputes. The Act protects tenants, not flatmates. A tenant is someone who rents a house from a landlord. Sometimes a few people rent a house and live together, so they all sign the tenancy agreement and bec…

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Who is protected under the Act

The Act applies to all residential tenancies (renting a place to live in), except in some cases. Situations that the Act doesn’t cover include: flatmates (people who live in the property but aren’t on the tenancy agreement) certain kinds of student accommodation holiday homes hotels and motels hospitals and rest-homes commercial tenancies. I…

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Who tenancy law doesn't protect

… tenants and landlords in New Zealand. It applies to every residential tenancy (renting a place to live in), except in certain cases. The Act doesn’t cover, for example: flatmates (people who live in the property with the tenant, but are not named on the tenancy agreement) boarders (people who live with the owner of the house) situations whe…

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Tenancy agreements

… extend or renew the fixed-term tenancy agreement for a further period. Read more about the different ways to change a tenancy agreement. . Agreements with flatmates. Agreements between tenants (and homeowners) and their flatmates aren’t covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. This means flatmates aren’t part of th…

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Rent arrears and overdue rent

… the debt if the offending tenant does not. If someone else shares the house, but they are not named as a tenant on the tenancy agreement, they’re likely to be a flatmate. Flatmates pay rent to the tenant. They’re not part of the tenancy agreement, and they’re responsible to the tenant, not the landlord. Difference between tenants and flatm…

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New to renting

Information for new tenants

… (available in 16 languages). Renting and You (available in 6 languages). Short guide to good renting (available in 6 languages). Understanding the difference between tenants and flatmates. It's important to know the difference between tenants and flatmates, and how the law applies to you.  . If you sign a tenancy agreement with a l…

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… Act). If your question is not covered by the information above, you can contact us using the details below. Not all renting arrangements are covered by Act, for example: flatmates (people who live in the property but aren’t on the tenancy agreement) where someone is a boarder or lodger living with the property owner holiday homes retirement…

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