Consultation - Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986
We're seeking your feedback on proposals to reform the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. Submissions must be received by 5pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018.
About the reforms
Since the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 came into force, home ownership rates have dropped, and the proportion of households living in rental homes has increased.
More people, including families and older people, are renting for longer, or for life.
A targeted reform of the Residential Tenancies Act is underway to support the Government’s goal of making life better for renters.
This is an opportunity to consider whether the law that governs the rental market continues to be a fair and proportionate way to address problems that tenants and landlords may experience.
The reforms aim to promote good-faith relationships in the renting environment, and ensure there are appropriate protections in place for both tenants and landlords.
A discussion document is now available for public comment.
We want your feedback
We're seeking your feedback on a number of proposals including:
- substituting the ability for landlords to terminate tenancies for any reason with specific and justifiable criteria for ending a tenancy
- setting the amount of notice a landlord needs to give to terminate a tenancy to 90 days under all circumstances
- limiting rent increases to once a year
- better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets and minor alterations to the home
- whether further controls for boarding houses are needed to provide adequate protection for boarding house tenants
- introducing new tools and processes into the compliance and enforcement system.
Many of the proposals in the discussion document either refine or incrementally build on existing rights and obligations. Examples of more substantive proposals that we want to hear your views on include exploring whether:
- the composition of tenancy agreements should be changed
- the law should do more to help landlords and tenants reach agreement about tenants keeping pets
- rental bidding should be restricted.
How to send us your feedback
Submissions must be received by 5pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018.
To tell us what you think you can:
- complete our online survey
- email your submission to RTAreform@mbie.govt.nz or
- post your submission to
Residential Tenancies Act Reform
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
PO Box 82
Your feedback will be considered in refining and improving proposals before Government makes any final decisions on reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
October 1, 2018