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