The Housing Minister Kris Faafoi announced new rules on 17 November 2019 with the aim to make renting fairer and more secure.
Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) have been announced that sit alongside the Government’s previous regulations to renting, including the banning of letting fees and the Healthy Homes Guarantee.
The key changes to the RTA include:
- Limit rent increases to once every 12 months and banning the solicitation of rental bids by landlords.
- Improve tenant’s security by removing a landlord’s right to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement.
- Making rental properties safer and more liveable by letting tenants add minor fittings such as brackets to secure furniture against earthquake risk, to baby proof the property, install visual fire alarms and doorbells, and hang pictures.
- Improve compliance with the law by increasing financial penalties and introducing new tools to take direct action against parties who are not meeting their obligations.
“With more and more people renting, the law should provide enough security to responsible renters to put down roots in their community,” Housing Minister Kris Faafoi said.
“Our changes are balanced, providing certainty to both parties about their respective roles and responsibilities. We understand that landlords require clear guidelines, which help them protect their investment and assist them in their dealings with difficult tenants and the law ensures this. If a tenant acts irresponsibly there can be repercussions.
The changes will be drafted in a Bill to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, which will be introduced to Parliament in the first half of 2020.
Hear from Howard Morley on the recent changes
Our Managing Director Howard Morley spoke with Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB regarding the new rules announced by the Government.
“There’s a very small number of people causing some trouble, and this is going to affect a lot of landlords.”CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO HOWARD'S INTERVIEW