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Failure to lodge bond is no joke

54 Tribunal orders amounting to $38,713.76 in exemplary damages and costs against an Invercargill landlord are reasons enough for all of us refresh our understanding of landlords’ bond duties. After an exhaustive investigation by the Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment brought 54 Tribunal applications ... read more
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Parry reversed - Tribunal activism gone too far?

Considering the tremendous stress Anderson v FM Custodians Ltd has had on the landlord community, Vic Inglis’ successful appeal at the District Court is nothing short than an extraordinary, and much needed, relief. In September this year, Mr. Inglis was ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal (citing Anderson as authority) to refund his former tenant, Natalie Parry, nearly $11,000 of ren... read more
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Ouch! Absent or defective insulation statement could set y​ou back $500

From 1 July 2016, all new residential tenancy agreements are required to include a signed insulation statement detailing the extent of insulation in the property. At the time of passage, this requirement was seen by many as a bureaucratic intermediary in anticipation of universal insulation by 2019. But if its recent orders are anything to go by, it is apparent that the Tribunal has... read more
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What you need to know about the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act

This week the Government introduced the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (2) to Parliament. There are three main parts to this Bill that are worth noting by landlords: Tenants liability for damage Since Holler v Osaki, tenants are no longer liable for damages they unintentionally cause to a rental property. This Bill addresses the inherent inequitable outcome Holler has c... read more
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Landlord Q&A - Extra Airbnb income for landlords?

If a landlord’s consent is being sought for the tenant to sublet the property to Airbnb guests and in return for the consent the tenant offers a percentage of the Airbnb earnings, could the landlord legally accept that offer under the RTA? Interestingly, the Tenancy Tribunal has recently ruled that Airbnb is subletting and so the tenant requires the owner’s written cons... read more
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Government signalling partial reversal of Holler v Osaki

For some months, the New Zealand Property Investors' Federation (the NZPIF), the Tenancy Tribunal and other key tenancy organisations have been in dialogue with the government as well as major party leaders to give feedback on how Holler v Osaki affects the landscape of residential tenancies in New Zealand. Legitimate concerns have been raised by these groups that Holler has t... read more
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Holler Practice Note changes the rules of damage claims to the Tribunal

Following the recent Court of Appeal decision on Holler & Rouse v Osaki, the Tenancy Tribunal prepared Practice Note 2016/1 outlining, to its adjudicators, how applications relating to tenant liability for damages are to be treated from 1st August 2016. As an aside: For those who are unfamiliar with Holler, the case hinged on whether a residential tenant would be protected ... read more
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Return serve can cost you as much as $2,000… Ouch!

The amended Residential Tenancies Act came into effect on the 1st of July. While smoke alarms and insulation are without a doubt the most significant of all changes (and rightly received a good level of publicity), other more subtle changes to the RTA are not any less relevant. One such issue to note has to be the strengthening of the retaliatory notice provision. A retaliatory n... read more
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More details on rental minimum standards from 1 July

Since the announcement last year of minimum standards being introduced for all rental properties, there has been a lot of demand within the landlord industry for more specific directives as to what exactly these standards are to be. It is very well to make insulation and smoke alarms compulsory but how much insulation and how many smoke alarms should be installed? Over the last man... read more
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Compulsory meth test?

I received a phone call from a letting agent saying that after 4th April 2016 there will be mandatory meth testing for all rental properties pre-letting and that landlords will be penalised severely if traces of meth is being detected. Can you confirm that it is correct? No, we cannot confirm that statement as being absolute correct. However the date 4th of April is telling... read more

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