Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch) Inc.
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Information that is required to be in your tenancy agreement:
There are often extra conditions added to the agreement (see special conditions).
A lot of the conditions within a tenancy contract are re-wording or re-stating the tenant rights and obligations as already written in the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
A tenant is entitled to have time to read the contract and have it explained, including any extra conditions or attachments.
Just because a contract looks official and professional does not mean that all the conditions in it are legally binding. If in doubt about anything in the contract, seek advice.
A landlord can chose to waive / give away their rights but cannot make a tenant waive theirs.
Anything in the contract that is against the rules / in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 is not binding, even if the contract is signed.
The Department of Building and Housing produce a very good ‘Residential Tenancy Agreement’, which has been approved by The Office of the Tenancy Tribunal. This contract includes advice on how to complete it, a Property Inspection Report, a brief summary of the Residential Tenancies Act, and of course the Tenancy Agreement itself. It also has a carbon copy backing so both the tenant and the landlord can have an exact copy.