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Tenancies can be terminated if family violence or landlord assault has occurred

The below provisions will come into force once new regulations have taken effect:

  • Family violence: tenants experiencing family violence will be able to terminate a tenancy without financial penalty.
  • Physical assault: a landlord will be able to issue a 14-day notice to terminate the tenancy if the tenant has assaulted the landlord, the owner, a member of their family, or the landlord’s agent, and the Police have laid a charge against the tenant in respect of the assault.

More information about the reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986(external link) — Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020(external link) — New Zealand Legislation website

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