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I have a question about New Zealand tenancy law :) Thank you
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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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I lost $160 per week in rent due to a property manager who
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In October I had a term tenant (7 yrs 10 months with 2 cats)
In October I had a long term tenant (7 yrs 10 months with 2 cats) leave our Papamoa house without washing the carpets just a quick vacuum although we required them to do so. On the handover day they b… read more
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My husband built our house 9 years ago and for the past 9
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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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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 have purchased an old house in Canterbury NZ and have
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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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I have just withdrawn from a tenancy agreement after finding
I have just withdrawn from a tenancy agreement after finding a house I had just rented yesterday was in a dirty and unhygienic state of repair. Despite several attempts to communicate with the letting… read more
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Hello,Recently I had my damaged 2003 Mazda RX7 repaired and
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Hi there, We are currently renting a property on the North
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Do you have a precedent whereby the Court has ruled that compensation
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We bought aproperty with preexisting trees hard on our boundary
We bought aproperty with preexisting trees hard on our boundary (neighbours). We realised there we possibly legal issues with these trees due to their location. The issue is now compunded as we once w… read more
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Hi, I have use a rental property agent for my rental house.
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My husband and I went on holiday on 1st February to Christchurch.
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