Tenancy and rentals

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 governs the interactions between landlords and tenants in New Zealand’s rental market.

To ensure the Act remains fit for purpose, the Government has announced a number of changes. These changes complement the Healthy Homes Standards and regulations for insulation and smoke alarms.

Residential Tenancies Act 1986

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020

The Government has undertaken a reform of the Residential Tenancies Act to align New Zealand’s rental laws with the present-day realities of renting in New Zealand.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019

This Act amended the Residential Tenancies Act to clarify issues relating to tenant liability for damage, contamination of rental properties (including methamphetamine) and unlawful residential premises.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019

Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act came into force in December 2017. It amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 so that rental housing has to meet minimum standards relating to:

  • heating
  • insulation
  • ventilation
  • moisture ingress
  • draught-stopping, and
  • drainage.

Healthy Homes Standards

Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016

Changes to Residential Tenancy Regulations regarding smoke alarms and insulation came into force on 1 July 2016. Landlords must meet these requirements before 1 July 2019.

Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms

Tenancy Services

The Tenancy Services website provides information on tenancy and unit title matters. It offers information and guidance on your responsibilities and rights as a landlord, and as a tenant.

Tenancy Services

Unit Titles

Published: November 16, 2020

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