Residential Tenancies Act 1986

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Reprint as at 1 January 2008

Residential Tenancies Act 1986

Public Act1986 No 120
Date of assent17 December 1986


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Ministry of Housing



Preliminary matters

Key money, bonds, and rents

Rights and obligations of parties

Termination of tenancies and recovery of possession

Constitution and administration



Enforcement and offences

Miscellaneous provisions


Functions and powers of chief executive

Residential Tenancies Trust Account

Reprint notes

An Act to reform and restate the law relating to residential tenancies, to define the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants of residential properties, to establish a tribunal to determine expeditiously disputes arising between such landlords and tenants, to establish a fund in which bonds payable by such tenants are to be held, and to repeal the Tenancy Act 1955 and the Rent Appeal Act 1973 and their amendments

BE IT ENACTED by the General Assembly of New Zealand in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: