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New to renting

Are you a tenant or landlord renting for the first time? Information in this section explains your basic rights and what you must do under New Zealand tenancy law.

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Types of tenancies

Both landlords and tenants should know about the different types of tenancy agreements. Each one has different rules, use the information below to work out what’s best for you.

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Tenancy agreements

A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and a tenant. It records all the key things that a landlord and a tenant have agreed to about the tenancy.

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Who is protected

The Residential Tenancies Act (the Act) protects tenants and landlords in New Zealand. Not all living arrangements are covered.

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Flatting

Flatting for the first time? It’s important to know the difference between tenants and flatmates, and how the law applies to you.

Renting affected properties

Renting a property that has been damaged in a natural disaster or affected by meth? Find out what you need to know.

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