New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 on 9 June 2020. Law changes on rent increases still apply.
What do you need to think about when a tenancy comes to an end? One of our houses learns about when tenants and landlords need to give notice, and how to get a bond back.
Ending a Tenancy (transcript)
House Next Door: What’s the matter?
Sad House: My tenants...I think they’re leaving me!
House Next Door: How do you know?
Sad House: They’ve been seeing other houses. The phone calls...texts...going out on the weekend, it all makes sense now!
House Next Door: They can’t just up and leave, they have to do it the right way.
Sad House: What’s that?
House Next Door: Well, if it’s a periodic tenancy the tenants have to give the landlord at least 21 day’s notice. If the landlord needs them to move, they get 90 day’s notice.
Sad House: So we’ve still got some time together...
House Next Door: If it’s a fixed-term tenancy, they have to stay until the end date. But look, they’re at the stage where they want kids and you’re more...bachelor material.
Sad House: What have I done to deserve this?!?!
House Next Door: When it’s time to move on, tenants on a periodic tenancy must give 21 day’s notice, unless you agree a shorter time with the landlord. Take your things with you and leave the property clean and tidy.
Landlords must give 90 days notice, except in certain cases. When they do leave, meet them at the property to make sure it’s ok. Complete and sign the Bond Return form with them, send it to Tenancy Services to have the bond refunded. There’s more info on this page.