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Was hoping to actually speak to someone. Hard to convey the
was hoping to actually speak to someone. Hard to convey the issues and get answers this way but i'll try! Hope I dont bore you. so just had an email from my landlord saying he is putting the rent up in early January from $450 to $485. This is a 2 bedroom unit and at the moment I am the only tenant as I cannot rent the other bedroom as there is a mouldy smell in the room. Not long ago i had a leaking toilet that he would not address with a plumber until the people renting next to me complained about leaks coming down into their areas. Finally he got a plumber but now there is a mouldy smell outside the toilet and in the spare room next to the toilet. Obviously there is mould under the carpet in this area. Hence not being able to rent the other room and i am paying rent on my own which is very hard let alone putting the rent up $35 a week.. There are numerous issues like cannot use the cold tap in the bathroom vanity and the hot leaking all the time. Kitchen window joinery so rusted that one latch has corroded off and cannot use, the other not far away. Ventian blind in kitchen disintergrating, filthy cannot clean as it just breaks. Carpets and lino stained and disgusting. Had bed bugs arrive last summer and lost my bed and bedding. He was told by the pest control people to rip up the carpet an replace but he didn't. Now breeding season have had the odd one turn up again, worried as I cannot afford to replace my bed and bedding again for it just to happen again. The carpet and lino are in a disgusting condition and were when I moved in but I was thankful for a place at the time in a good area. There are lots other issues i will not bore you with but basically I feel if he wants to put the rent up he needs to do some major maintenance on this property so I can rent the spare room and halve my rent. To find somewhere else to rent in this market is not going to be easy at all and he knows that obviously. what are my rights? Also he emailed me about this increase should it not of been in writing with his signature? … read more
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The tenancy agreement allows them to have their german
The tenancy agreement allows them to have their german shepherd dog but it must stay outside. The tenants flew to Rotorua as his mother died and they left someone house sitting. While away the dog has… read more
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We bought a house in April. After lawn was flooded we dug up
We bought a house in April. After lawn was flooded we dug up the earth and found a buried sump that is not connected to any drain and is just filled with rags and covered with a plastic bag. Area is f… read more
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Our bathroom have black mould and mushrooms growing. Can we
Hi there, our bathroom have black mould and mushrooms growing. Can we move out of our rental earlier than the 90 days? … read more
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My daughter rents a farm house and have just been given 63
My daughter rents a farm house and have just been given 63 days notice. The house has black mould that caused the wall paper to peel … read more
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If my landlord and I went through the lease thing through
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Can you be evicted because the property you live in has
Can you be evicted because the property you live in has mould? The issue was picked up on entry to the property and the agent said it would be dealt with. It also has a DVS system that appears not to … read more
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I think this should be a new question as I've now had a
Hi Chris, I think this should be a new question as I've now had a response to the property visit. Apparently the ground lights and the damp are still my problem.....please tell me how you think I shou… read more
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Further developments on the property issues (sorry for the
Hi Chris, Further developments on the property issues (sorry for the pun). Just had a call from the property manager, who basically tried to defend the owner's position with statements like the mould … read more
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I currently rent a huge (hectares) place which cost much
I currently rent a huge (hectares) place which cost much money. However, multiple features have not worked for the last 12 months. Th biggest issue is the dampness in the main bedroom/ensuite. We move… read more
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We are having significant issues with our tenancy. Would you
Hi There, We are having significant issues with our tenancy. Would you mind please reviewing my letter and advising on action/best practice, entitlements etc? … read more
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I am a landlord of a small premise which I have leased out
I am a landlord of a small premise which I have leased out under a standard (Whitcoulls) commercial lease. There is an apartment upstairs which they live in, with office and workshop/storage downstair… read more
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I have a twofold problem but same issue. We are doing main
Hi there, I have a twofold problem but for the same issue. We are doing main bathroom renovations (tiled walls, new bath, vanity & toilet). I accepted a Ltd company quote on the basis of the good tili… read more
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My tenant has trashed my house and not paid rent since I gave
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Two years ago we had to evict a tenant due to damages to the
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I have recently built a new house. This house had a tile shower
I have recently built a new house. This house had a tile shower installed which is now found to be leaking from the tray. Apparently when the contractor went to the house to grout a mosaic strip in th… read more
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We have a rental property and the tenants rang about 2 months
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A Property Management firm working for me advises the tenants
A Property Management firm working for me advises the tenants not to agree to the return of the bond and not to pay for the $3000 worth of damage they have done. What is my legal position? Regards Gay… read more
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