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Unenforceable clauses

29-Jun-2021 13:11:38 Share this:

Landlords cannot write clauses into tenancy agreements that conflict with the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

Educating Tenants

29-Jun-2021 12:54:17 Share this:

At Harcourts, we take our obligations to tenants seriously and it is important that we help them to understand their responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and also understand what the landlords’ responsibilities are.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

Landlords to keep records

28-Jun-2021 13:07:28 Share this:

From 11 February 2021, the requirement for landlords to keep records has been extended to include documents related to both the tenancy and property.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

Mould & Dampness

04-Jun-2021 07:00:00 Share this:


Rental homes need to be free from mould and dampness before being rented out. During a tenancy, tenants need to keep the house well-aired and remove any mould straight away.


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Topics: Advice, Tenants

Dude, where’s my heat pump!?

03-Jun-2021 13:19:25 Share this:


From 1 July 2021, private landlords must ensure their rental property complies with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy.


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Topics: Property Management, Advice, Tenants

New Pathway to Address Anti-social Behaviour

28-May-2021 10:43:21 Share this:


The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 provides landlords with a new pathway for responding to anti-social behaviour in periodic tenancies. These changes were effective from 11 February 2021.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Advice, Tenants

Ending Tenancies

26-Mar-2021 08:00:00 Share this:



The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act changed the way that landlords can end both
fixed-term and periodic tenancies.


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Topics: Landlords, Tenants

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

26-Feb-2021 08:14:01 Share this:

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Fixed-term Tenancies

There has been a lot of media attention on the property management industry as most of the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 came into effect on 11 February 2021. Unfortunately, as with any change, there has been some misinformation circulating.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Tenants

RTA Amendment Bill Passed

28-Aug-2020 13:34:06 Share this:

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (RTA) has been passed into law with most changes coming into effect six months after receiving the Royal Assent on 11th August 2020.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Tenants

Blocking open fireplaces and what is meant by unreasonable gaps

30-Jul-2020 11:43:16 Share this:

The healthy homes draught stopping standard states that any unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors that are not necessary must be blocked. So, what is meant by unreasonable?


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Topics: Property Management, Tenants