Residential Tenancies Act

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 is the piece of legislation that governs the interactions between landlords and tenants in New Zealand’s rental market.

To ensure the Act remains fit for purpose, a number of changes are planned or already underway for the Act. Further information on these can be found below.

Prohibiting the charging of letting fees

The Social Services and Community Committee is now accepting submissions on the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill. Submissions close on Wednesday 28 May 2018. The Committee will consider the Bill and report back to the House of Representatives by 5 October 2018. The Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act to prohibit the charging of letting fees to tenants.

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