45 Landlord’s responsibilities

(1)

The landlord shall—

(a)

provide the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness; and

(b)

provide and maintain the premises in a reasonable state of repair having regard to the age and character of the premises and the period during which the premises are likely to remain habitable and available for residential purposes; and

(ba)

comply with all requirements in respect of smoke alarms imposed on the landlord by regulations made under section 138A; and

(bb)

comply with the healthy homes standards; and

(bc)
[Repealed]

(c)

comply with all requirements in respect of buildings, health, and safety under any enactment so far as they apply to the premises; and

(ca)

if the premises do not have a reticulated water supply, provide adequate means for the collection and storage of water; and

(d)

compensate the tenant for any reasonable expenses incurred by the tenant in repairing the premises where—

(i)

the state of disrepair has arisen otherwise than as a result of a breach of the tenancy agreement by the tenant and is likely to cause injury to persons or property or is otherwise serious and urgent; and

(ii)

the tenant has given the landlord notice of the state of disrepair or made a reasonable attempt to do so; and

(e)

take all reasonable steps to ensure that none of the landlord’s other tenants causes or permits any interference with the reasonable peace, comfort, or privacy of the tenant in the use of the premises.

(1A)

Failure by the landlord to comply with any of paragraphs (a) to (ca) of subsection (1) is declared to be an unlawful act.

(1B)

[Repealed]

(1C)

[Repealed]

(2)

The landlord shall not interfere with the supply of gas, electricity, water, telephone services, or other services to the premises, except where the interference is necessary to avoid danger to any person or to enable maintenance or repairs to be carried out.

(2A)

A contravention by the landlord of subsection (2) is declared to be an unlawful act.

(3)

The provisions of subsection (1) shall apply notwithstanding that the tenant has notice of the state of the premises at the time at which the tenancy agreement is entered into.

(4)

Nothing in subsection (1) shall impose upon the landlord any obligation to repair any damage, or compensate the tenant for any want of repair, arising out of any breach by the tenant of any obligation imposed on tenants by section 40.

(5)

In this section premises includes facilities.

Compare: 1952 No 51 s 116H; 1975 No 36 s 10; Residential Tenancies Act 1978–1981 s 46(1), (2), (4) (SA)

Section 45(1)(ba): inserted, on 1 July 2016, by section 14(1) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 26).

Section 45(1)(bb): replaced, on 1 July 2019, by section 5(1) of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 (2017 No 46).

Section 45(1)(bc): repealed, on 1 July 2019, by section 5(2) of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 (2017 No 46).

Section 45(1)(ca): inserted, on 1 October 2010, by section 29(1) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 95).

Section 45(1)(d)(ii): replaced, on 1 October 2010, by section 29(2) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 95).

Section 45(1A): inserted, on 1 October 2010, by section 29(3) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 95).

Section 45(1B): repealed, on 1 July 2019, by section 5(2) of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 (2017 No 46).

Section 45(1C): repealed, on 1 July 2019, by section 5(2) of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 (2017 No 46).

Section 45(2A): inserted, on 1 October 2010, by section 29(4) of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 95).