RTA Amendment Bill: can it change?

It could. Housing Minister Phil Twyford said in a statement to Tenancy.co.nz that “The Government will consider the future of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2). No timeframe has yet been decided.”

RTA Amendment Bill: Can it change?
  • 31 January, 2018
  • RTA, Amendment Bill, Landlords, Investors

However, Mr Twyford and the Labour party supported the Bill in its first reading but indicated that changes were likely at the select committee stage.

Phil Twyford stated “Labour are supporting this Bill to select committee because we judge that there is enough in this Bill worth giving some serious scrutiny at select committee.”

Yes, the Bill is subject to change, but this is what we know.

The Oaski Law will almost certainly be passed meaning in a nutshell tenants will be liable for minor careless damage at the tenancy premises but they won’t be liable in total loss situations.

The Bill does nothing to change the thrust of Anderson vs FM Custodians the decision which awards tenants full rent refunds to tenants living in unlawful dwellings.  The recent Parry vs Inglis District Court appeal identifies serious problems around the Anderson case.

Hopefully the Government will now create a benchmark where unlawful dwellings are a health hazard or potentially dangerous rather than just a technical breach.

Finally, methamphetamine.  As we know the new standard has been set and the new Bill will allow landlords to give 48hour notices for specific meth inspections, and also ultimately regulate the whole testing and cleaning industries.

Also, what we do know is that Labours main focus is for New Zealanders to be living in healthy homes so any changes at the select committee stage will reflect this objective.

When will it come into effect? Expect the Bill to have some subtle changes but be passed into Law by the end of 2018.

LJ Hooker NZ

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