Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016

Reprint as at 5 December 2017

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016

Public Act
2016 No 26
Date of assent
2 June 2016
see section 2

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


3Principal Act
4Section 2 amended (Interpretation)
5New section 2A inserted (Transitional, savings, and related provisions)
2ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
6Section 13A amended (Contents of tenancy agreement)
7Section 15 amended (Notification of successor to landlord or tenant)
8Section 16 amended (Change of name or address)
9Section 16A amended (Landlord must have agent if out of New Zealand for longer than 21 consecutive days)
10Section 30 amended (Landlord to keep records)
11Section 38 amended (Quiet enjoyment)
12Section 40 amended (Tenant’s responsibilities)
13Section 43 amended (Disposition of landlord’s interest)
14Section 45 amended (Landlord’s responsibilities)
15Section 48 amended (Landlord’s right of entry)
16Section 54 amended (Tribunal may declare retaliatory notice of no effect)
17Section 61 amended (Abandonment of premises)
18Section 66I amended (Landlord’s ongoing obligations)
19Section 66K amended (Obligations of tenant)
20Section 66S amended (Notice of entry)
21Section 73 amended (Seal of Tribunal)
22Section 74 amended (Records of Tribunal)
23Section 76 amended (Tenancy Mediators)
24Section 77 amended (Jurisdiction of Tribunal)
25Section 78 amended (Orders of Tribunal)
26Section 86 amended (Filing of applications)
27Section 87 amended (Duties of chief executive on receipt of application)
28Section 88 amended (Functions of Tenancy Mediators)
29Section 91 amended (Notice of hearing by Tribunal)
30New section 91AA inserted (Process for determining abandonment applications within 10 working days without hearing)
91AAProcess for determining abandonment applications within 10 working days without hearing
31Section 91B replaced (Hearing may proceed even if party not served)
91BSubstituted service, etc
32Section 93 amended (Right of audience)
33Section 99 amended (Tribunal may require inquiry and report by Tenancy Mediator or suitable person)
34Section 101 amended (Protection of persons appearing, etc)
35Section 108 amended (Enforcement of work orders)
36Section 109 amended (Unlawful acts)
37Section 114 amended (Powers of entry of Tenancy Mediators)
38Section 123 amended (General functions and powers of chief executive)
39New sections 123A to 123E inserted
123ADocuments to be retained by landlord and produced to chief executive if required
123BDocuments to be produced by tenant to chief executive if required
123CChief executive’s powers in relation to produced documents
123DPower of entry to inspect premises
123ETribunal may authorise inspection
40New sections 124A and 124B inserted
124AChief executive may take proceedings as if tenant
124BSupplementary provision to section 124A
41Section 133 amended (Tribunal or chief executive may require terms of tenancy agreement)
42Section 136 amended (Service of documents)
43New section 138A inserted (Regulations in respect of smoke alarms)
138ARegulations in respect of smoke alarms
44New section 138B inserted (Regulations in respect of insulation)
138BRegulations in respect of insulation
45New Schedule 1AA inserted
46Schedule 1A amended
Reprint notes

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: