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.

All landlords and tenants have responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

If you’re renting for the first time, make sure you enter an agreement that works for you. Find out what else you should know as a new tenant.

Find out about your rights and responsibilities under tenancy law and download an information pack for new landlords.

If you are a landlord you need to comply with the law. Use our checklist to assess how you comply with minimum requirements.

Landlords should ask potential tenants to complete a pre-tenancy application form. This form includes important information that helps them choose a tenant.

Property inspections are important. Tenants and landlords should check the property together at the start of a tenancy to avoid problems later on.

Insurance is important for both landlords and tenants.