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If I am asked to pay Occupational rent and I am still living

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if I am asked to pay Occupational rent and I am still living in the house can I claim against this for lawn mowing, gardening and maintenance costs on the property? also a weekly allowance for the rates and insurance on the house as I have paid all of this and she refuses to pay as I,m living in the house, also doing the lawns and all the gardening on a large section about 4-5 hours each wekend,
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Customer: Yes I have, all the information I have read is that occupational rent needs to be applied for through a court order?
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Customer: Not a lot I just want confirmation
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 6 months ago.
Your former partner is still liable for a half share of all expenses such as rates, Insurance, payments for maintenance of the property and your work in looking after the property. So just as if this was a commercial rental, the overheads need to be covered and if you pay all of these then her half share will be deducted from the occupational rental.

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