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.
The reform aims to:
- Improve tenants’ security and stability while protecting landlords’ interests
- Ensure the law appropriately balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and helps renters feel at home
- Modernise the legislation so it can respond to the changing trends in the rental market
- Improve the quality of boarding houses and the accountability of boarding house landlords.
What are we consulting on?
A discussion document on proposals to reform New Zealand’s tenancy law is now available for comment.
The document includes the following proposals:
- substituting the ability for landlords to terminate tenancies for any reason with specific and justifiable criteria for ending a tenancy
- setting the amount of notice a landlord needs to give to terminate a tenancy to 90 days under all circumstances
- limiting rent increases to once a year
- better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets and minor alterations to the home
- whether further controls for boarding houses are needed to provide adequate protection for boarding house tenants
- introducing new tools and processes into the compliance and enforcement system.
The consultation period closes at 5pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018.
- Consultation - we are seeking your feedback on proposals to reform the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
- One pager - Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 [PDF 225KB]
- Questions and answers on the Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986