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Rulings on Damage of Rental Properties - 13th Oct 2016

NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Andrew King has spoken out against recent rulings regarding tenant liability in cases of rental property damage. The article refers to the Osaki case where the Tenancy Tribunal ruled that the damage caused by a pot left on the stove resulting in a house fire wasn’t intentional and therefore the tenant was not liable.
King said that every case since the Osaki ruling had ended with the tenant not having to pay for accidental damage. ‘It’s ludicrous that tenants are no longer responsible for any damage that they cause to rental properties’ he said.

The article also refers to the case in Foxton where a tenant broke the rental agreement by keeping dogs on the property which then damaged the carpet beyond repair. Again the damage by the tenant was ruled as unintentional and therefore the tenant did not have to pay for carpet replacement.

Consequences of these rulings include a likely rise in insurance premiums, landlords making more regular inspections on rental properties and families with pets or children finding it more difficult to be accepted in a rental property. However, a positive sign according to King is a recent case where the Tribunal has ruled a tenant has to pay for damaged caused to carpet and curtains by five cats kept shut in a room in a rental property.
 
Read the full article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rental-property/news/article.cfm?c_id=302&objectid=11728428
 

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