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This tenancy agreement has been approved for use by The Ofce of the Tenancy Tribunal.
Residential Tenancy
Agreement
HOW TO USE THIS AGREEMENT
1. This is a legally binding contract.
2. All tenancy agreements must be in writing. A separate
form of tenancy agreement for use for a Boarding House
Tenancy is available on our website.
3. The landlord must provide the tenant with a copy of this
agreement prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
Ifthe property is a Unit Titles property, a copy of the most
recent Body Corporate rules must be aached to this
agreement.
4. This agreement must be completed in full and the tenant
and landlord each keep a copy.
5. The rights and obligations set out in the Residential
Tenancies Act 1986 are implied in every residential tenancy
agreement (see pages 2, 3 and 4 of this agreement for a
brief outline of some of the key provisions of the
Residential Tenancies Act 1986).
6. No terms or conditions added to this agreement are valid
ifthey are contrary to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
7. Landlords must include a signed statement with any new
tenancy agreement that covers what insulation a property
has, where it is, what type and what condition
8. Landlords must also provide a statement to confirm they
will comply, or already do comply, with the healthy homes
standards. This statement can be combined with the
insulation statement, with one signature.
9. Landlords must include a statement about whether
theproperty is insured, and if so, what the excess is.
Theymust also include a statement informing the tenant
that a copy of their insurance policy is available on request.
10. All rental properties must meet the requirements in
regulations regarding insulation and smoke alarms.
11. Before signing this agreement all parties should carefully
read it and seek information from Tenancy Services if
theyare unclear about what they are agreeing to.
12. The parties must record their full names correctly.
13. If a bond is paid, a Bond Lodgement Form must also
be completed.
14. Bonds must be lodged with Tenancy Services within
23 working days of being paid. This can be done online.
15. Parties to tenancy agreements are subject to the
provisions of the Privacy Act 1993. Any information
provided on this agreement shall not be used or disclosed,
without consent, for any purpose other than the
administration of the tenancy or to pursue legal action.
16. Leing fees can’t be charged to tenants.
17. If there is a problem between the tenant and landlord,
andthey can’t agree, Tenancy Services can help sort
it out. Visit www.tenancy.govt.nz or call us for free
information on 0800 836 262.
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OUTLINE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 1986 (RTA)
Please refer to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and amendments for the complete provisions.
Tenants and landlords! If you have problems, talk to each other. If you can’t sort it out, talk to us. We can help you sort
it out. www.tenancy.govt.nz , 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262)
1. Agreement
Each party should keep a copy of this tenancy agreement.
Changes in the particulars of either party must be notified
to the other party within 10 working days.
This contract may not be enforceable against a tenant
under the age of 18 (a minor). The Minors Contracts Act
1969 may apply.
2. Contact details
Each party must provide an email address and mobile
phone number if they have them.
Each party must supply a physical address for service
in New Zealand where notices and other documents
relating to the tenancy will be accepted by them, or on
their behalf, even aer the tenancy has ended. Tenants
who supply the rental address as their address for service
should update this at the end of the tenancy. Parties may
also supply an additional address for service which can
include a PO Box, email or facsimile.
If the landlord is going to be out of New Zealand for more
than 21 days and has to appoint an agent, the landlord
must give the tenant the agent’s name, contact address,
mobile phone number (if any), email address (if any) and
address for service.
3. Rent
Landlords shall not require rent to be paid more than
2 weeks in advance, nor until rent already paid has been
used up.
60 days’ wrien notice must be given for rent increases.
Rent shall not be increased within 180 days of the start
of the tenancy or the last rent increase.
Also for rent to be increased in a fixed-term tenancy,
it must be stated in the tenancy agreement.
Receipts must be given immediately if rent is paid in cash.
4. Bond
A bond is not compulsory, but a landlord may require
a bond of up to 4 weeks’ rent.
Bonds must be lodged with the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment within 23 working days of
being paid.
Receipts must be given for bond payments.
If the property is sold, the landlord’s rights with regard
tothe bond pass to the purchaser of the property.
The bond covers any damage or loss to the landlord
if the tenant’s obligations are not met, but does not
coverfair wear and tear.
5. Landlord’s responsibilities
Provide and maintain the premises in a reasonable
condition.
Allow the tenant quiet enjoyment of the premises.
Comply with all building, health and safety standards that
apply to the premises.
Comply with all requirements in respect of smoke alarms
imposed on the landlord by regulations.
Landlords need to have working smoke alarms installed in
all their residential rental homes. Any replacement alarms
installed aer 1 July 2016 (other than hard-wired systems)
need to have long life baeries and a photoelectric sensor.
Pay rates and any insurance taken out by the landlord.
Not seize the tenant’s goods for any reason.
Inform the tenant if the property is on the market
for sale.
Not interfere with the supply of any services
to the premises.
If the landlord is in breach of these responsibilities,
the tenant(s) can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal.
Appoint an agent and notify the tenant and Bond Centre of
the agent’s details whenever leaving New Zealand for more
than 21 consecutive days.
Inform the tenant of any changes to the information in the
insurance statement within a reasonable time.
6. Tenant’s responsibilities
Pay the rent on time.
Keep the premises reasonably clean and tidy, and notify
the landlord as soon as any repairs are needed. You may
not withhold rent if you cannot get repairs done.
Seek information from the Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment (0800 83 62 62).
Use the premises principally for residential purposes.
Pay all electricity, gas, telephone, and metered
water charges.
Replace baeries in smoke alarms as required.
Not damage or permit damage to the premises,
and to inform the landlord of any damage.
Not disturb the neighbours or the landlord’s
other tenants.
Not alter the premises without the landlord’s
wrien consent.
Not use the property for any unlawful purpose.
Leave the property clean and tidy, and clear of rubbish
andpossessions at the end of the tenancy.
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At the end of the tenancy, leave all keys and such
things with the landlord. Leave all chaels supplied
with the tenancy.
If a maximum number of occupants is stated in the
tenancyagreement, not exceed that number.
7. Rights of entry
The landlord shall enter the premises only:
with the tenant’s consent at the time of entry
in an emergency
for necessary maintenance or repairs, compliance
or preparation for compliance with any requirements
regarding smoke alarms, insulation and healthy homes
standards, from 8 am to 7 pm, aer 24 hours’ notice
for an inspection of the property or work done by the
tenant, from 8 am to 7 pm aer 48 hours’ notice
with the tenant’s prior consent, to show the premises
toprospective tenants, purchasers, registered valuer
orreal estate agent doing an appraisal, or other expert
engaged in appraising the premises
consent may not be unreasonably withheld but reasonable
conditions may be imposed
to test for contamination, aer 48 hours’ notice.
8. Subletting and assignment
If not expressly prohibited by the landlord, the tenant may
sublet or assign with the landlord’s prior written consent.
Consent may not be unreasonably withheld unless subletting
or assignment is totally prohibited by this agreement.
9. Locks
Locks can only be changed with the agreement of both
the tenant and the landlord. They should be provided and
maintained in a secure state by the landlord.
10. Insulation
Landlords must disclose the extent of insulation in
theirproperties in a signed statement as part of any
newtenancy agreement.
Landlords must provide ceiling and underfloor insulation
that meets minimum standards unless they meet an
exception. In the case of an exception, the landlord must
explain how it applies.
Landlords must make all reasonable eorts to obtain
therequired information. This includes physically looking,
engaging a professional to do an assessment and/or
checking the council building file.
11. Insurance
Landlords must disclose whether or not the property
isinsured in a statement as part of any new tenancy
agreement, and if so, the excess amount of any relevant
policies. They must also include a statement informing
thetenant that a copy of their insurance policy is available
onrequest.
Landlords must provide tenants with this insurance
information (if requested within a reasonable timeframe)
and provide updated information within a reasonable
timeframe if insurance information changes, or (where
they are not the insurance holder) within a reasonable
timeframe of becoming aware of the changes.
If tenants or their guests damage a rental property as a
result of careless behaviour, the tenant is liable for the cost
of the damage up to four weeks’ rent or the insurance
excess (if applicable), whichever is lower. Tenants on
income-related rents are liable for the cost of the damage
up to four weeks’ market rent or the insurance excess
(ifapplicable), whichever is lower.
Tenants will be liable for the full cost of damage that they or
their guests cause intentionally or that results from an act
or omission that constitutes an imprisonable offence.
12. Healthy Homes Standards
Landlords must include a statement in the tenancy agreement,
which confirms:
that on and aer the commencement of the tenancy, the
landlord will comply with the healthy homes standards as
required by section 45(1)(bb) of the Residential Tenancies
Act, or
that the landlord already complies with the healthy homes
standards as required by section 45(1)(bb) of the
Residential Tenancies Act
This statement can be combined with the insulation
statement, with one signature.
13. Notice to terminate tenancy
(NB: This does not apply to fixed-term tenancies. Notice
requirements for fixed-term tenancies are contained in the
main body of this agreement.)
In all cases, the tenant must give the landlord 21 days’ notice
in writing.
The landlord may give 42 days’ notice in writing – and must
state the reason for termination if:
the landlord has an unconditional agreement to sell the
premises with vacant possession; or
the premises are required as the principal place of
residence for the owner or any member of that owner’s
family; or
the premises are required for an employee of the landlord
and this has been agreed at the start of the tenancy.
The tenant can terminate the tenancy with two days’ notice if
the property was an unlawful residential premises at the start
of the tenancy and it is still an unlawful residential premises.
This applies to both fixed term and periodic tenancies.
In other cases, the landlord must give 90 days’ notice
in writing.
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14. Termination by Tribunal
The landlord may apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for a
termination order where:
the rent is 21 days in arrears
the tenant has caused or threatened to cause substantial
damage to the premises
the tenant has assaulted, or threatened to assault,
the landlord, a member of the landlord’s family,
or a neighbour
the tenant has failed to comply with a 14 days’ notice
to remedy a breach
the premises are unlawful residential premises.
A tenant may apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for a work order,
compensation or to terminate the tenancy, if the landlord has
breached the tenancy agreement or the Residential Tenancies
Act, or if the property is an unlawful residential premises.
15. Mitigation of loss
If one party to the tenancy agreement breaches it, the other
party must take all reasonable steps to limit the damage or
loss arising from the breach.
16. Unit Title Property
The landlord must notify the tenant of any variations to body
corporate rules affecting the premises.
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LANDLORD DETAILS
Name(s)
This section must be filled in. It is important to give good contact details.
Physical address for service
Email This email address will be used as an address for services (strike out if not agreed)
Phone
(Mobile) (Hm) (Wk)
Other contact address(es)
Additional address for service (This may be a PO Box)
If the landlord wishes to include the details of an agent in the agreement, please include the agent’s contact details
on a separate sheet.
TENANT DETAILS
Name(s)
Identification Driver’s licence Passport Other Write ID Number:
This section must be filled in. It is important to give good contact details.
Physical address for service
Email (This email will be used as an address for service (strike out if not agreed))
Phone
(Mobile) (Hm) (Wk)
Other contact address(es)
Additional address for service (This may be a PO Box)
Is any tenant under the age of 18? (Tick one)
Yes No
TENANCY DETAILS
Address of tenancy
Body Corporate rules must be attached if premises are Unit Title premises (Strike out if not applicable)
Rent per week $ To be paid in advanceFrequency (tick one) weekly fortnightly
Bond amount $
Rent to be paid at
Or into Bank Account No.
Account name
Bank Branch
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The landlord and tenant agree that:
1. The tenancy shall commence on the day of 20 .
2. Strike out one option:
This is a periodic tenancy and may be ended by either party giving notice as required under
the Residential Tenancies Act 1986
OR
This tenancy is for a fixed term, ending on the day of 20 .
NB: Fixed-term tenancies automatically become periodic upon expiry of the fixed-term unless either party gives the other written notice of their Intention
not to continue with the tenancy. That notice must be given no more than 90 days, and no less than 21 days, before the end of the fixed-term. If the landlord
grants the tenant a right to renew the fixed-term, they should state this below under Number 4. The tenant may exercise this right by informing the landlord
in writing no less than 21 days before the end of the fixed-term.
3. Strike out the bold section below if it is not applicable
The tenant shall not assign or sublet the tenancy without the landlord’s wrien consent.
4. Insert other terms of this tenancy (eg. pets, maximum number of occupants, reimbursement of recovery costs,
right of renewal if tenancy is a fixed-term)
If necessary, please continue on a separate sheet and attach it to this agreement and ensure that all parties have signed and dated it.
SIGNATURES
Do not sign this agreement unless you understand and agree with everything in it
The landlord and tenant sign here to show that they agree to all the terms and conditions in the tenancy agreement and that each
party has read the notes on pages 2, 3 and 4 of this agreement.
Signed by Date signed
LANDLORD
Signed by Date signed
TENANT
Signed by Date signed
TENANT
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INSURANCE STATEMENT
This insurance statement is for landlords, property managers and boarding house managers who can attach it to their
own tenancy agreement.
Law changes relating to insurance and damage
From 27 August 2019, the law requires landlords to disclose whether or not the property is insured in a statement as part
ofany new tenancy agreement, and if so, the excess amount of any relevant policies. Landlords need to include information
about insurance that is relevant to the tenant’s liability for damage to premises.
If the rental property is part of a body corporate, landlords will need to include relevant insurance information for both
damage to the rental property itself, and the shared facilities.
They must also include a statement informing the tenant that acopy of their insurance policy is available on request.
Thisensures that the tenant knows what actions or omissions could invalidate the insurance policy and also helps the
tenantto know what is covered by insurance and the excess payable on the insurance policy.
Landlords must provide tenants with this insurance information (if requested within a reasonable timeframe) and provide
updated information within a reasonable timeframe if insurance information changes, or (where they are not the insurance
holder) within a reasonable timeframe of becoming aware of the changes.
If tenants or their guests damage a rental property as a result of careless behaviour, the tenant is liable for the cost of the
damage up to four weeks’ rent or the insurance excess (if applicable), whichever is lower. Tenants on income-related rents are
liable for the cost of the damage up to four weeks’ market rent or the insurance excess (if applicable), whichever is lower.
Tenants will be liable for the full cost of damage that they or their guests cause intentionally or that results from an act or
omission that constitutes an imprisonable offence.
Insurance statement
Landlords must either complete this form or attach a statement containing the same information.
Address of tenancy
There is insurance covering this rental property that is relevant to tenant’s liability for damage
to premises, including damage to body corporate facilities. Yes No
The table below specifies the excess amounts of all relevant insurance policies for this property.
Name/type of policy Insurer Excess amount
.
.
.
.
The insurance policy for this property is available for the tenant if they request it. This ensures that the tenant knows what
actions or omissions could invalidate the insurance policy and also helps the tenant to know what is covered by insurance and
theexcess payable on the insurance policy.
If these insurance details change and theinformation above or the policy documents are no longer correct, you must provide the
correct information to your tenant within a reasonable time.
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INSULATION STATEMENT
Landlords must either complete this form or attach a signed insulation statement containing the same information.
1. Does insulation meet the minimum requirements for ceiling insulation?
1
Yes No
If no, explain specifically what exception applies and which room(s) it applies to.
(e.g. professional installer cannot access skillion ceiling above bedroom 2).
2. Does insulation meet the minimum requirements for underoor insulation?
Yes No
If no, explain specifically what exception applies and which room(s) it applies to.
(e.g. professional installer cannot access subfloor space safely).
Ceiling insulation
Location/coverage Complete (all rooms)
Partial (specify areas not insulated):
None
I don’t know as ceiling space is not accessible in the following areas (specify reason for inaccessibility)
Type Segments/Blankets
Loose-fill
Other (specify)
Ceiling space is not accessible
Bulk Insulation value (R-value): or minimum thickness:
Age of ceiling insulation (if known):
Condition Insulation is in at least a reasonable condition (if not, please explain why):
Insulation has no gaps other than clearances where required (e.g. around older style downlights and
chimneyflues)
Ceiling space is not accessible
Underfloor insulation
Location/coverage Complete (all rooms)
Partial (specify areas not insulated):
None
I don’t know as underoor space is not accessible
inthe following areas (specify reason for
inaccessibility):
1 For guidance on exceptions and requirements, refer to MBIE’s Insulation Requirements – A guide for Landlords: www.tenancy.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Insulation-requirements.pdf
2 See tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/insulation/insulation-grants/ for examples of access exceptions that may apply.
The Building Act  bans the installation
and/or repair of foil insulation in residential
buildings with existing electrical installations.
Anyone doing so may be liable to a fine of
upto,. Foil insulation which is in
reasonable condition does not need to be
replaced. Existing foil installation which is
damaged (e.g. torn, foil hanging down off the
floor joists or is no longer reflective) must be
replaced with insulation which meets legal
requirements.
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Type Segments/Blankets
Polystyrene
Foil
Bulk Insulation with foil lining
Other (specify)
Underfloor space is not accessible
Bulk Insulation value (R-value): or minimum thickness (n/a for foil):
Age of underfloor insulation (if known):
Condition Insulation is in at least a reasonable condition (if not, please explain why):
Insulation has no gaps other than clearances where required (e.g. around pipes)
Underfloor space is not accessible
Wall insulation
Location/coverage Complete (all rooms)
Partial (specify areas not insulated):
None
I don’t know as wall insulation is not accessible
Supplementary
Information
Any other details about the type or condition if known:
Date insulation was last upgraded or N/A 
Date insulation was professionally assessed or N/A 
Landlord Statement
I/we, (name of landlord(s)) declare
thatthe information contained in this insulation statement is true and correct as at the date of signing and that all reasonable
efforts have been made to obtain information about the location, type and condition of insulation at the premises.
Healthy Homes Standards Statement
Strike out one option
I/we, (name of the landlord(s))
willcomply with the healthy homes standards as required by section 45(1)(bb) of the Residential Tenancies Act.
I/we, (name of the landlord(s))
alreadycomply with the healthy homes standards as required by section 45(1)(bb) of the Residential Tenancies Act.
Signed by Date signed
LANDLORD
Wall insulation is not compulsory.
However, you must provide this
information where it is known.
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PROPERTY INSPECTION REPORT
This report is intended to help avoid disputes
This should be used to record the condition of the property at the start of the tenancy.
The landlord and the tenant should fill out this form together, and tick the appropriate box if the condition is acceptable,
or record any damage or defects.
CONDITION ACCEPTABLE?
ROOM AND ITEM LANDLORD TENANTS DAMAGE/DEFECTS
LOUNGE
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
KITCHEN/DINING
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
Cupboards
Sinks/Benches
Oven
Refrigerator
BATHROOM
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
Mirror/Cabinet
Bath
Shower
Wash basin
Toilet (WC)
LAUNDRY
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
Washing machine
Wash tub
BEDROOM 1
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
BEDROOM 2
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
BEDROOM 3
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
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BEDROOM 4
Wall/Doors
Lights/Power points
Floors/Fl. Coverings
Windows
Blinds/Curtains
GENERAL
Rubbish bins
Locks
Garage/Car port
Grounds
No. keys supplied
Smoke alarms
Landlords must have working smoke alarms installed in all rental premises. These must meet the requirements in the
Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulation 2016, set out below. A landlord who fails to comply is
committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000.
Landlord - please confirm you have met at least these minimum legal requirements before you rent the premises:
There is at least one working smoke alarm in each bedroom or within three metres of each bedroom’s door – this applies
toany room a person might reasonably sleep in.
If there is more than one storey or level, there is at least one working smoke alarm on each storey or level, even if no-one
sleeps there.
If there is a caravan, sleep-out or similar, there is at least one working smoke alarm in it.
None of the smoke alarms has passed the manufacturer’s expiry or recommended replacement date.
All new or replacement smoke alarms, installed from 1 July 2016 onward, are long-life photoelectric smoke alarms withatotal
battery life when installed of at least eight years or a hard-wired smoke alarm system, and meet the product standards in
theResidentialTenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulation 2016.
All the smoke alarms are properly installed by the landlord or their agent in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
All the smoke alarms are working at the start of the tenancy, including having working batteries.
For important details go to www.tenancy.govt.nz/smoke-alarms
List of furniture and chattels
Provided by the landlord
Water Meter Reading
For use if charging for water
At start of tenancy
Signatures for Property
Inspection Report
Do not sign unless you agree to all the details in the
Property Inspection Report
Signed by Date signed
LANDLORD
Signed by Date signed
TENANT
Rent and Bond Receipt
Initial rent payment $
Bond $
Total $
To (name)
Date paid
Signed as received
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