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Landlords & Tenants: Rent freeze and tenancy terminations

The Government has taken measures to support tenants to stay in their rental properties. In the wake of Covid-19, it’s more important than ever to ensure that tenancies are sustained and tenants do not have to face the prospect of homelessness during a global pandemic.

It’s also critical from a public health perspective that people self-isolate in their own homes by ensuring that they can remain in their rental properties for the duration of this crisis.

Please note:

  • There is now a freeze on rent increases.
  • A rent-increase notice from a landlord will not have the effect of increasing a tenant’s rent, unless the rent increase has already taken effect.
  • Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances, regardless of when the notice was provided.
  • Tenants will still be able to terminate their tenancy as normal if they wish
  • Tenants will have the ability to revoke termination notices that they have already given, in case they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period.
  • The measures take effect by Thursday, 26 March
  • The rent freeze applies for an initial period of six months.
  • The protections against terminations will apply for an initial period of three months.
  • At the end of both initial periods, the Government will evaluate whether they need to be extended.

For more information on the new measures and what they mean for landlords and tenants –  click here.

For answers to some questions, landlords and tenants may have during the COVID-19 pandemic – click here.

Source: hud.govt.nz

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