The restrictions against termination of residential tenancies, which were introduced during the Covid-19 lockdown period, will end on 25 June 2020.

From 26 June onwards the normal rules for termination of a residential tenancy will apply.  Under the normal rules:

  • Fixed term tenancies end on their expiry dates, unless the landlord and tenant agree together on an earlier end date.

  • Tenants can end a periodic tenancy (one with no fixed end date) by giving at least 21 days’ written notice to the landlord (unless the landlord agrees to a shorter time).

  • Landlords can end a periodic tenancy by giving at least 90 days’ written notice to the tenant (or 42 days’ written notice in some circumstances, for example if the property is being sold).

The Government will increase assistance available to people who are struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic, via the Rent Arrears Assistance Housing Support Product.

More information about the support available can be found on the Work and Income website here [https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/about-work-and-income/news/2020/helping-people-keep-their-rental-accommodation.html] or by contacting Work and Income directly.

It is also worth noting that the freeze on rent increases put in place during the lockdown period remains in place until 25 September 2020, and there has been no indication at this stage of whether or not that will be extended.  Rent increase notices can now be given provided they do not come into effect until after 25 September (unless the freeze is extended).

Landlords and tenants should ensure that they comply with the usual rules for termination of tenancies.  Given the rapid changes that have occurred in the last few months it is worthwhile for landlords to take legal advice to make sure they are complying with their obligations.  Tenants who are concerned about the way their tenancy is being handled should talk with a legal advisor to make sure they know their rights.




Louisa Gommans
Senior Solicitor