Choosing the right rental home and the tenancy agreement

27 June 2020

When choosing a rental property it's important to decide on the ideal property type, and the location you’d like to live in. We’d also suggest making a list of the amenities your rental should have for you to be comfortable. 

Consider the things important to you - do you need to live near work, do you need parking, need to be in the vicinity of local entertainment and restaurants, have outdoor space or a pool?

Taking time to find a rental that meets your budget and lifestyle needs will make for a much happier experience in the long run. 

 How Enrich can help

Enrich works hard to make sure that the property and the surrounding area are a match for the tenant to achieve a good lifestyle fit. 

Enrich property has a range of homes available to rent Auckland wide and are happy to make recommendations. Go to the tenant requirements page on our website and fill in the details of what you need and we’ll get to work finding a suitable match. We’ll also sign you up to our property alerts so you’ll get notified every time a matching property comes up. 

 

I have a pet

Before you even view a property make sure that both the landlord and body corporate allows pets. 


Things to be aware of before entering into a tenancy agreement 

The Tenancy Agreement

Fixed-term tenancies last for the amount of time as stated on your tenancy agreement. 

A fixed-term tenancy agreement cannot be ended before its end date, and the landlords are within their rights to refuse permission for tenants to break the tenancy early.

If a landlord does agree to early termination of a tenancy agreement, the tenants may be required to pay reasonable costs associated with finding a new tenant, as well as rent on the property until it is re-tenanted. 

You can expect to be liable to pay rent until the property is re-tenanted, advertising costs to re-tenant the property, any costs to maintain the property until it is re-tenanted, including care of the property and gardens, and maintaining the supply of services such as the power to the property.

Periodic tenancies continue until either the tenant or the landlord gives written notice to end it.

If you wish to vacate your rental property you are required by law to provide a minimum of 21 days' notice to your property manager in writing.

What if the landlord wishes to end a periodic tenancy? 

If a landlord gives the tenant notice to end the tenancy and the tenant decides they would like to move out sooner, the tenant still needs to give the landlord 21 days' written notice. 

In general, landlords are required to give a minimum of 90 days' written notice to end a tenancy however there are situations where 42 days’ notice can be given which are listed below:

  • The property has been sold and the new buyer wants a 'vacant property’
  • The owner or a member of the owner’s family is going to live in the property
  • The property is normally used as employee accommodation and is needed again for that purpose

Changes to the tenancy agreement 

During your tenancy period, there may be a situation where one of the joint tenants on the agreement wishes to move out whilst the others remain. This may be possible, at your Landlord’s discretion.

Changes to your tenancy agreement or bond form by adding or removing names will incur an administration fee.

Move-in cost

Bond 

Tenants are required to pay a bond that will be held against any rent arrears or damage that is not considered to be fair wear & tear. The bond you’re required to pay will be stated on your tenancy agreement but will never be more than the equivalent of 4 weeks rent (unless you have a pet). 

You’ll pay the bond to us, and we’ll register it with tenancy services who will send you a receipt which will note a Bond Lodgment Reference Number. Please keep this safe for future reference.

Rent in advance

As well as a bond, you’d also need to pay either 1 or 2 weeks rent in advance. You’ll find the exact amount required on your tenancy agreement.

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