The second stage of the three-phase Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 came into force on 11 February 2021.
We remind landlords that:
• You can no longer end a periodic tenancy by giving your tenant a 90 days' notice 'no-cause termination'
• If you are selling your rental property and need to provide vacant possession under your sale agreement, you must provide your tenant with at least 90 days' notice, up from the previous notice period of 45 days
• At the end of a fixed term tenancy, the tenancy will automatically roll over to a periodic tenancy unless the parties agree, the tenant provides notice or you have grounds to terminate the tenancy
• If you are listing your property for rent, you must specify the rental amount on the listing. This is required even if you are listing via Trade Me, Facebook or your supermarket noticeboard
• If your tenant asks to make minor alterations to the property or if they ask to assign the tenancy, then you must consider your tenant's request and you cannot unreasonably decline their request, and
• The Tenancy Tribunal can now make awards of up to $100,000; successful landlords and tenants can apply for a suppression order to remove their identifying details from publication.
More information on the changes now in force can be found here.