Private Landlord? Are you leaving the country on holiday or work? You must read this before you leave!
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 requires that any landlord who is absent from New Zealand for more than 21 consecutive days must appoint a local agent.
That agent then has all the rights and obligations of the landlord. If you do not appoint an agent then this is considered an unlawful act and you can be fined.
It is important to appoint an agent who is up to date with landlord rights and responsibilities. You should appoint someone who will represent your best interests and will also be a responsible landlord. You can appoint a private individual but you should consider that that person may have to respond to a midnight hotwater cylinder leak, or a tenant giving notice. Make sure you are confident that they can handle any landlord situation.
For more information check out www.dbh.govt.nz
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