Tips For Landlords

  1. Sign a tenancy agreement and give the tenant a copy.
  2. Send bond money, including part-payments, to the Department of Building and Housing within 23 working days and give the tenant a receipt for any payment that is made.
  3. Ensure you have appropriate landlord insurance.
  4. Make sure the property is clean and tidy before the tenant moves in.
  5. Make sure all the locks work and the property is reasonably secure.
  6. Maintain the property and do any necessary repairs.
  7. Ensure the plumbing, electrical wiring and structure of the building is safe and working.
  8. Provide adequate water collection and storage for premises without reticulated water supply.
  9. Write and tell the tenant at least 60 days before they put the rent up.
  10. Take all reasonable steps to ensure tenants don’t disturb the neighbours.
  11. Write and tell the tenant if they decide to put the property on the market.
  12. Obtain the tenants consent before showing the property to real estate agents, buyers or prospective tenants.
  13. Pay the tenant back for any urgent work the tenant has paid for (as long as the tenant can prove they tried to tell the landlord about the problem before getting it fixed and the tenant didn’t cause it on purpose or by being careless).
  14. In relation to a periodic tenancy: Give the tenant 42 days notice to vacate the property once the sale of the property has gone unconditional, or if the owner or a member of their family needs to move in – otherwise, give the tenant 90 days’ notice if they want the tenancy to end.
  15. Give 48 hours’ notice to inspect the property – but not more that once every four weeks and only between the hours of 8am and 7pm (the landlord can come onto the section without giving notice, but must respect the tenant’s privacy) give 24 hours’ notice to do repairs and do them between the hours of 8am and 7pm.