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Update on Tenancy Law Changes: Provisions Related to Family Violence

September 23, 2022 at 3:40 PM

From the Tenancy Services website - https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/law-changes/phase-3/ 

Tenancies can be ended if family violence or landlord assault has occurred. 

Provisions relating to family violence and physical assault are in force and can be used.  

Regulations that support these changes are being developed. These will provide more detail and seek to ensure that the provisions operate as intended. 

  • Family violence: tenants who have experienced family violence during the tenancy can withdraw from their tenancy by giving 2 days’ notice without financial penalty or the need for agreement from the landlord. 

  • Physical assault: a landlord can give notice of at least 14 days to terminate the tenancy if the tenant has assaulted the landlord, the owner, a member of their family, or the landlord’s agent, and the Police have laid a charge against the tenant in respect of the assault. 



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