Tenants, landlords and flatmates have different rights and responsibilities when renting a home or boarding house room.
Tenancy Services has answers to questions that landlords and tenants might have during COVID-19.
Tenancy law changes 2021
Landlords and tenants need to understand the recent changes to tenancy laws made 11 February 2021.
Information for landlords, tenants and flatmates
Find out everything you need to know — from rights and responsibilities to bonds and bills.
Starting a tenancy
Find out about the rights and responsibilities of tenants, landlords or flatmates and what can and can’t be included in tenancy agreements.
Rent, bonds and bills
Find out about rental prices in your area, rent, bond and other expenses that landlords and tenants need to pay, such as water charges. There are some fees landlords cannot charge for such as letting fees and key money.
Healthy home standards
The healthy homes standards are specific and minimum legal standards for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties.
They became law on 1 July 2019 and must be fully implemented by 1 July 2024.
Maintenance and inspections
Both tenants and landlords have responsibilities for keeping the property in a reasonable state of repair.
Find out about issues including:
- mould and dampness
- heating, insulation and ventiliaton
- locks, security and access
- pests and infestations
- noise control, laws and bylaws.
Ending a tenancy
Both landlords and tenants have responsibilities when ending or changing tenancy. Find out about giving notice and changes in landlords or tenants, including subletting.
When a tenant or landlord breaches the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, it’s important to understand how it can be resolved. The Tenancy Tribunal can help you if you have an issue with a tenant or landlord that you can’t solve yourself. Find out about the dispute process and types of mediation and resolution.
Tenancy Service does not deal with issues between flatmates.
Forms and resources
Search through a wide range of resources — online tools, templates, forms, agreements, fact sheets and videos.
- bond lodgement or refund forms
- types of rental agreements
- notice templates
- application or complaint tools.
Renting and having a baby
Find out about your rights and obligations if you are renting and going to have a baby.
Find other support
For support or advice outside what Tenancy Services provides, contact these organisations.
Find out your rights or make a complaint.
Free legal help for eligible people.
Settle disputes outside of court, for example between flatmates.Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand
If you need more information or have a question, contact: