Landlords – did you know that if you are out of the country for more than 21 days you must appoint a New Zealand agent for your property? Not many do, but if something goes wrong you might regret not getting it sorted as you will be in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and committing an unlawful act.

Section 16A of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 says:

A Landlord must have agent if out of New Zealand for longer than 21 consecutive days

(1) A landlord who is out of New Zealand for longer than 21 consecutive days must ensure that the landlord has an agent in New Zealand.

(2) A landlord who does not already have an agent and who knows that he or she will be out of New Zealand for longer than 21 consecutive days must appoint an agent before he or she departs from New Zealand.

(3) A landlord who does not already have an agent and who has been out of New Zealand for longer than 21 consecutive days must promptly appoint an agent.

 

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