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Obvious maintenance and repair issues should be noted in the property condition report which is required to be completed by the landlord/lessor when the tenant moves into and out of the property. Tenants must keep the property reasonably clean and are expected to hand it back in a similar condition...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The magistrate usually conducts the hearing in the following way (except in the case of a Form 6 application for a bond dispute, where the owner always proceeds first): The applicant tells their story (evidence) and presents any documents in support of their case. Then the respondent questions (...
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Whether you win or lose in court may depend on whether you followed the correct procedures in handling the dispute from the beginning to the court stage, and how thorough you are in preparing your evidence. Make sure you have records of all notices, receipts and other relevant documents that will...
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Applications must be made to the court closest to the rented premises, unless the parties in the dispute agree to a different arrangement. Check with the court as to how this can be done. The address of the court where the hearing will take place is shown on a form, which will be sent to you. Court...
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A glossary for residential tenancies Assign the premises : To transfer rights to occupy the premises and associated responsibilities to another person. Bond: Money paid by the tenant and held by the Bond Administrator as security against damage to the premises. Breach of agreement: The breaking of...
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Publications and forms for lessors/landlords As a lessor/landlord you will need to know the rights and responsibilities you and your tenant/s have. The following publications and forms provides you with all the information you need to help you manage your property smoothly. Forms and publications...
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The most common disputes which end up in court include: disputes about the return of bond money; overdue rent; damage to property; maintenance of the premises; and problems when ending tenancy agreements. Whatever the problem, the most important thing to remember is lessors and tenants should keep...
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Tenancy databases may be used by lessors as a way of screening prospective tenants. Lessors can look in tenancy databases to help them select tenants. If they do they must let prospective tenants know in writing which database they use and if they find any information in it about any of the...
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The way you manage a dispute about the disposal of a bond depends on the type of accommodation you are renting. Residential tenancy At the end of a residential tenancy, if you can't come to an agreement about getting a disposal form signed or if a dispute arises over how the bond money should be...
Bonds
If the tenant is causing or is likely to cause serious damage to a property, or the landlord believes they could injure an agent, a neighbour or the landlord, the landlord can apply immediately to the Magistrates Court for an order to end the agreement. An urgent hearing may be possible if the...
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Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 Allocation of operating expenses for Non-standard Trading Hours
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
30 May 2014
Renting out y our property a lessor’s guide is a n easy-to-read guide and explains your rights and responsibilities as a private property owner. This guide doesn’t take the place of the Act, nor does...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
19 Jan 2017
Guidance notes : code of conduct for settlement agents
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
27 May 2014
Guidance note code of conduct for agents and sales rep
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
30 May 2014
The following forms and publications are available on this page: Commercial tenancy - Disclosure statement form 1 A disclosure statement for a commercial tenancy agreement Commercial tenancy -...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
10 Feb 2015
Lessors must give a tenant this form within 14 days after the tenant has moved in. Although you may not have a written residential tenancy agreement tenants and lessors still have to comply with the...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
16 Mar 2016
Changes to Residential Tenancy Law Frequently asked questions Rent increases
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
29 May 2014
On 1 July 2013, changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 came into force. These frequently asked questions are designed to assist you in...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Feb 2017
The purpose of this brochure is to help boarders and lodgers understand their rights and responsibilities. This fact sheet provides useful tips on how to avoid problems with landlords and if problems...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Looking to rent your property? Know your rights as a property owner or agent.
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014

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