• Government pushes ahead with major shake-up of tenancy laws

    The Government is pushing ahead with rental reform that is set to change the landscape of tenancy law in New Zealand.

    Housing Minster Phil Twyford has released a discussion document today with a number of proposed changes.

    Most significantly the Government is set to end no cause terminations while ensuring landlords can still get rid of rogue tenants. Another proposed change is limiting rent increases to once a year.

    Other proposed changes include:

    – increasing the amount of notice a landlord must generally give tenants to terminate a tenancy from 42 days to 90 days
    – whether changes to fixed-term agreements are justified to improve security of tenure
    – whether there should be limitations on the practice of ‘rent bidding’
    – whether the general obligations that tenants and landlords have remain fit for purpose
    – better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets and minor alternations 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.

    Twyford has urged landlords, tenants and other interested people to have their say on the proposals covered in a discussion document on reforming the Residential Tenancies Act released today.

    “We want to strike a balance between providing tenants with security of tenure and allowing them to make their house a home, while protecting the rights and interests of landlords,” Twyford said.

    “As people rent for longer, they want to be secure in their homes and put down roots in their community. That’s why making life better for renters is an important aspect of the Government’s housing plan.”

    The discussion document and a link to an online submission survey are available at: www.mbie.govt.nz/rta-reform

    Consultation runs for eight weeks and closes at 5pm, on Sunday 21 October 2018.