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Transitional and emergency housing is exempt from the Act

From 12 August 2020, transitional and emergency housing is exempt from the Residential Tenancies Act (the Act) where the housing is:

This exemption is applicable for all people (new and existing clients) in transitional and emergency housing that meets the criteria above.

Providers of transitional and emergency housing are still able to opt in to parts of the Act if they wish, by agreeing in writing with the client which parts will apply.

A Code of Practice is being developed to set out expectations for transitional housing.

Read updated section 5(1)(y) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (New Zealand Legislation website)(external link)

Rent can only be increased every 12 months

From 12 August 2020, rent increases are limited to once every 12 months. This is a change from once every 180 days (6 months). Our rent increases webpage has more information on how this rule will apply.

Any rent increase notices given to tenants from 12 August 2020 must comply with the new 12-month rule. If a notice was given before 12 August 2020, it is still within the 180-day rule.

More information about the law changes(external link) — Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website

Read updated section 24 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986(external link) — New Zealand Legislation website

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