Residential Tenancies Act

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 is the 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.

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

A targeted reform of the Residential Tenancies Act is underway to support the Government’s goal of making life better for renters.

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Prohibiting the charging of letting fees

The Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill is currently being considered by the Social Services and Community Committee. The Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act to prohibit the charging of letting fees to tenants.

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