Tenant Obligations

Tenants have important rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.  The Tenancy Services website provides information on your responsibilities and rights as a tenant. Click here

Tenant’s responsibilities are to:

  • Pay the rent on time as per the tenancy agreement
  • Keep the premises reasonably clean and tidy
  • Notify the landlord as soon as any repairs are needed
  • Use the premises principally for residential purposes
  • Pay for outgoings they actually consume or use, such as: electricity, gas, telephone charges and metered water
  • Notify the landlord as soon as possible if any damage occurs
  • Leave the property clean and tidy, and clear of rubbish and possessions at the end of the tenancy
  • At the end of the tenancy, leave all keys and such things with the landlord. Leave all chattels supplied with the tenancy

Tenants must not:

  • Withhold rent if the landlord cannot get repairs done
  • Change the locks without the landlord’s consent
  • Damage or permit damage to the premises
  • Disturb the neighbors or the landlord’s other tenants
  • Alter or attach anything to the premises without the landlord’s written consent
  • Use the property for any unlawful purpose
  • Exceed the maximum number of occupants as stated in the tenancy agreement
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