Renters pocket $124,000 as landlords fail to insulate rentals

Renters pocket $124,000 as landlords fail to insulate rentals

Renters taking their landlords to court for breaking insulation laws have pocketed more than $124,000 in fines. Health experts and a leading property manager have praised the fines, saying there could be up to 10 times more landlords still breaking the laws. But landlords say the number of fines was smaller than expected. Renters won Read more about Renters pocket $124,000 as landlords fail to insulate rentals[…]

Tenants win $4k payout, landlord warned

Tenants paying $1200/week for an executive property in an affluent Auckland suburb won $4000 and a reprimand for their absentee, offshore landlord about obligations under New Zealand law. The Tenancy Tribunal awarded St Johns tenant Aaron Ballard $4020.44 for many problems at the home which property records show is owned by Yunzhang Zou and is Read more about Tenants win $4k payout, landlord warned[…]

Landlords struggle to claim on tenants’ accidental damage

People drunkenly falling through skylights and dogs wrecking carpets after being locked inside are incidents landlords are now having to pay to fix in the fallout from a Court of Appeal decision earlier this year. A case where a tenant did not have to pay for damage after leaving a pot of oil on the Read more about Landlords struggle to claim on tenants’ accidental damage[…]

Landlords concerned about Tenancy Tribunal precedent

A tenant who let her dogs urinate throughout a house – despite a no-pets policy – doesn’t have to pay to replace the ruined carpets. Landlords are pointing to the contentious Tenancy Tribunal ruling against a Horowhenua property owner as a concrete example of their concerns about a change in rules. The Foxton house at the centre of the dispute Read more about Landlords concerned about Tenancy Tribunal precedent[…]

Landlords angry over rental damage ruling

Three months on from a landmark court case, landlords are angry that they cannot even claim the excess on their insurance claim when tenants damage their property accidentally. In April the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of a couple who were pursued by the landlord’s insurer for the cost of a house fire, caused by an untended pot Read more about Landlords angry over rental damage ruling[…]