Consents warning to landlords
The Dunedin District Court has now overruled that decision, but NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF) executive officer Andrew King has indicated the issue still needs clarifying.
He is due to meet with new housing minister Phil Twyford to discuss an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act.
In the meantime, the NZPIF is recommending that all landlords:
If the building is not, and can’t be made compliant, there is a risk under the current law, that tenants can make an application to the tenancy tribunal to have rent refunded up to $50,000.
The NZ Herald has reported housing minister Phil Twyford as saying the new government want to update and improve tenancy laws to reflect the fact that half the NZ population now lives in rental property.
Landlords, tenants and other parties would have the opportunity to advocate for this and other law changes during the law reform process he said.