Rights and obligations of landlords and tenants
In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Residential Tenancy Act sets out tenants' and landlords' rights and obligations. When renting it is important to understand both your rights and the obligations you have towards your landlord. Following are some of the important ones you should know about.
Rights and obligations of landlords
A landlord must:
Rights and obligations of tenants
A tenant must:
There are two types of tenancy agreement
A periodic tenancy is one that lasts until either the tenant or the landlord ends the agreement.
A fixed-term tenancy is for a set period of time, for example twelve months. You cannot give notice to leave before the agreed date. The landlord cannot give you notice to quit before the agreed date.
Bonds and rent in advance
Where to look:
Some Dos and Don'ts:
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