With the Christchurch rental market being the most competitive it has been in years, it is easy to lose sight of what is required of you as a landlord or tenant when you are navigating this new environment.
In recent times, the Christchurch residential rental market has become more challenging to prospective tenants. In 2021, there was a 32% drop in supply of rental properties in the region, and a 32% rise in demand. Coupled with this, rents are rising, and tenants are competing against each other to find a place to call home.
So, what obligations does a tenant have to their landlord? The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 sets out at section 40, the responsibilities of tenants. These are:
Under section 45 of the Act, landlords are responsible for:
Although these respective responsibilities are outlined in the Act, disputes still arise. The most common dispute between landlords and tenants is around what is required of a tenant when they are asked to keep or leave the property and garden in a “reasonably clean and reasonably tidy condition”. In short, recent decisions have found that there is no requirement for a tenant to clean a property to a professional standard.
If you do find yourself in a dispute with your tenant or landlord that cannot be resolved between yourselves, you can make an application to the Tenancy Tribunal. As the Tribunal can be a difficult environment to navigate, we recommend seeking legal advice. We are happy to help you prepare an application or with any questions you may have.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions, we are happy to help.