Heading Overseas? When Landlords Must Appoint An Agent
Crockers | Reading Time: 2 Minutes | January 2020
Taking An Extended Holiday? Why Private Landlords Must Appoint an Agent When Leaving New Zealand for Over 21 Days
There’s nothing more certain to destroy your holiday glow than returning home to a $1000 fine, but this could happen to you if you’re a private landlord who has failed to appoint a representative before jetting off overseas.
Private landlords who take an extended overseas break of over 21 consecutive days must appoint a representative to manage their property in their absence. What’s more, as a private landlord it’s your responsibility to let your tenants know you’re going on holiday, as well as the bond centre if this is where your bond is held.
While booking your tickets and planning your itinerary may keep you busy in the lead up to your holiday, it’s imperative you take the time to organise a representative, contact your tenants, or under the Residential Tenancies Act you could be liable for exemplary damages of up to $1000.
Despite the requirements of the Act, many private landlords are still unaware of their responsibilities. Landlords may appoint anyone they choose to be their representative, but the representative must be New Zealand-based and fully aware of the legal requirements and obligations of managing a rental property. You need to be able to trust that they have your best interests at heart and will ensure your tenant’s needs are met.
The landlord must give the tenant the representative's name and contact details and address for service. If this doesn’t happen, the tenant can give the landlord a notice to remedy. (You can find out about remedying tenancy breaches here.
Of course, if you already have a property manager then the process is much simpler - you simply need to notify them you are going away, as your property manager is already appointed as your representative.