Landlord / lessor

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A security bond may need to be changed/varied because: additional bond money needs to be lodged with the Bond Administrator, for example because the rent has been increased; one or more of the tenants in a shared household has moved out or a new tenant has moved in; the ownership of the property...
Bonds
The lessor has the right to carry out routine inspections on the property no more than four times a year. Inspections must be at a reasonable hour and you should receive between seven and 14 days' notice. The lessor must attempt to negotiate a day and time that does not unduly inconvenience you...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Bond money must be lodged with the Bond Administrator, as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after receipt of the money. How you lodge a bond is detailed below and depends on whether you are a private lessor or an agent/property manager. If more than one person has paid the bond (eg in a...
Bonds
If the rent is overdue A landlord can have the tenancy terminated if the tenants present a bad cheque or fall behind with their rent and can’t make up the payment within an agreed time. It’s important to remember there are procedures which must be followed. Remember, landlords can’t just evict or...
Having problems with renting a home?
Proper procedures must be observed when serving a notice. If the matter ends up in court, the person who prepared the notice would have to prove the notice was served correctly. Three handy charts were developed to help you understand the use and service on notices, particularly for the breach and...
Notices and condition reports
If you’re unhappy with the way the tenancy is going, for example the care or maintenance of the property or rent payments and inspections, try to sort out the issue amicably first. If you still can’t agree, the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 can help to sort things out in a more formal and...
Having problems with renting a home?
A property condition report should be completed just before, regularly during and at the end of a tenancy. There is a mandatory property condit ion report form which sets out the MINIMUM contents to be included in the report. The property condition report sets down, on a room-by-room basis, the...
Notices and condition reports
Residential rental (or lease) agreements are either periodic or fixed-term. All written tenancy agreements must be done using the Residential tenancy agreement (Form 1AA) . Whether the agreement is written or verbal, a tenant must also be given the ' Information for tenant ' sheet. If the agreement...
Beginning a tenancy
Boarders and lodgers are a special group of home-dwellers in terms of the law. As they are not tenants, they are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but instead have rights under common law provisions. Distinguishing between tenants, boarders and lodgers It is not always easy to...
Types of rental accommodation
Whether you are a lessor / landlord or tenant - you should make sure you do your homework before signing a rental agreement. Tenants Make sure the property meets your day-to-day needs. Ask yourself: Can you pay the rent and still have money to live? Is it close to shops, schools or public transport...
Beginning a tenancy

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Breach Notice for Non-payment of Rent - Form 21
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014
Please use the online variation of security bond form to complete and print the form. If you are unable to use the online system then you can download and complete the pdf form on this page. Real...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
23 Jun 2016
Please use the online lodgement of security bond form to complete and print the form. If you are unable to use the online system then y ou can download and complete the pdf form on this page. Real...
Consumer Protection
Form – registration
23 Jun 2016
Please use the online joint application for disposal of security bond form to complete and print the form. If you are unable to use the online system then you can download and complete the pdf form...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
23 Jun 2016

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