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Defining clean and tidy

 The issue of exactly how clean and tidy rental properties should be when tenants vacate has long been a battleground but a recent Tenancy Tribunal decision provides some guidance. Section 40 of the Residential Tenancies Act says “the tenant must ensure that the premises are left reasonably clean and tidy and remove all rubbish”, but it does not specify exactly what “reasonably clean and tidy” means.     (Source: Landlords.co.nz)

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Renter who took curtains, door-stop, smoke alarm ordered to pay $2,250

 A Palmerston North renter who stole curtains, shower curtains, a smoke alarm, 10 light bulbs, a door stop and oven trays has been ordered to pay $2,250. Klo've O'Brien-Vernon was also penalised for leaving some of her possessions at the Levin house when she left. Her landlords, Rentables Limited and S & J Pilcher, then stored the items for a month before disposing of them.    (Source: NZ Herald)

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Tenants awarded $2,000 for ants, a broken oven, electrical faults

Christchurch renters who had to live with an ant infestation, a broken oven, electrical faults and a defective heat pump over the bite of winter have been awarded more than $2,000. A Tenancy Tribunal ruled that Rentworks Property Management in Christchurch breached its obligations as a landlord.   (Source: NZ Herald)

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Teen landlord tells how he bought first rental in Whangārei after saving $30k

"Eighteen years old and own an IP," announced the North Shore's Theo Hancock on Friday to social media about his debut investment property. At his age, to have saved $30,000 to contribute to the purchase price of the do-up, he certainly was proud and had good reason to be.    (Source: NZ Herald)

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Ministry of Justice fines searches

 In October we launched the Ministry of Justice fines searches. This enables you to check whether your applicant has any outstanding fines issued by local councils, the police, and other authorities that can issue infringement fees for disorderly behaviour or theft, speeding, Illegal parking, drink-driving, not registering a dog. Outstanding fines may impact a tenant’s ability to pay rent and may result in the tenant abandoning the tenancy address to avoid debt collectors or Court Bailiffs who are chasing payment of the fine.

 

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