If something gets damaged in a rental property, or needs repairing, it’s important to know who’s responsible for fixing and paying for the problem.
In last month’s edition of Property Management Focus, we highlighted some key parts of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) that both private landlords and professional property managers are required to abide by.
Private landlords and professional property managers are bound by the regulations and laws under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) amended by the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020, Residential Tenancies (Healthy Home Standards) Regulations 2019, and the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947.
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 broadened the Tenancy Tribunal’s jurisdiction and administrative powers. This included introducing infringement fees for landlords and property managers who do not adhere to the Residential Tenancies Act. These are in addition to an increase in exemplary damages that can be awarded by the tribunal to either landlord or tenant, payable by the other party.
The two remaining provisions that were due to come into effect on 11 August 2021 (12 months after the date of Royal Assent) have been delayed.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords must comply with all legal requirements relating to buildings, health and safety that apply to the premises. They must also ensure that the premises can legally be lived in at the start of a tenancy.
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.