New law changes protects tenants living in converted garages, sleep-outs, warehouses and industrial buildings. This means the Landlord must make sure these buildings can legally be lived in and follow with the law regarding insulation and heating.
Other law changes include if tenants damage a rental property as a result of careless behaviour, they will be liable for the cost of the damage up to a maximum of four weeks’ rent or the landlord’s insurance excess, whichever is lower.
If you are having difficulty with your landlord around any of these issues please contact Community Law Waikato on 0800 529482.
For more information on the law changes please go to https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/about-tenancy-services/news/rta2-passed/