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Proposed changes to residential tenancy laws announced

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The Government has announced proposed changes to overhaul residential tenancy laws.

The proposed changes will see no-cause tenancy terminations come to an end, a limit to rent increases to once a year and will also address the ‘rent bidding’ issues.

The government’s four proposed reforms for the over thirty-year-old Residential Tenancies Act 1986 are:

  1. Improve tenants’ security and stability while protecting landlords’ interests;
  2. Ensure the law appropriately balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and helps renters feel at home;
  3. Modernise the legislation so it can respond to the changing trends in the rental market; and
  4. Improve the quality of boarding houses and the accountability of boarding house landlords.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford addressed current renting issues at a press conference in Wellington saying that the government wants to make a “generational reset of the way we rent…because, at the moment, it’s a miserable and pretty punishing existence for many renters...”

“It’s not about picking a new system off the shelf,” said Mr Twyford.

“We’ve got to design something that works here and now for us in New Zealand.”

A summary document of the current renting rules and proposed reform and a discussion document on reform proposals is now available on MBIE’s website, with comments due by 5pm, 21 October 2018.

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