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Privacy in Tenancy Tribunal records (suppression orders)

From 11 February 2021, tenants and landlords can apply for their personal details to be removed from Tenancy Tribunal records if they have been wholly or substantially successful in their claim. This is called a suppression order, and can also be put in place separately by the Tribunal itself.

The Tribunal will order that the name and any identifying details of that party are not published, unless it considers that publication is in the public interest or is justified due to other circumstances.

This means that if you are partly or entirely successful in your Tribunal hearing, you can apply to have your personal details removed so that future landlords/tenants cannot see your details in any records of the Tribunal.

Read updated section 95A of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (New Zealand Legislation website).

Tenancy Tribunal authority being extended

From 11 February 2021, the Tenancy Tribunal will be able to hear claims up to the value of $100,000 (previously $50,000).

The Tribunal will also have the authority to order landlords of six or more tenancies (or a boarding house) to pay fines up to a maximum of $50,000 for serious breaches.

It’s important to note that tenancies held by an ‘associated person’ to the landlord will be considered when determining whether that landlord has six or more tenancies. An ‘associated person’ is defined in section 2 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986(external link).

A fine can only be ordered where the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) brings proceedings against a landlord.

 

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