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Important information for tenants

A tenant’s obligations

It’s very important that tenants understand their obligations in relation to a rental property. If they don’t fulfil their obligations tenants may risk losing their bond.

A tenant must:

  • Pay the rent on time (preferably by automatic payment).
  • Ensure that the property is used for residential purposes only.
  • Keep the property reasonably clean and tidy.
  • Inform the landlord or property manager of any damage as soon as possible.
  • Pay for the repair of any deliberate or careless damage caused by themselves or their visitors.
  • Comply with all of the conditions in the Tenancy Agreement.
  • At the end of the tenancy: remove their belongings, leave the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness, clean the carpets, return keys or any similar devices, and leave behind the chattels owned by the landlord.
  • Allow the landlord reasonable access to the property.
  • Pay for all electricity, gas, telephone and internet charges used by them. The tenant may also be required to cover the cost of water.

A tenant must not:

  • Damage or allow others to damage the property, whether deliberately or carelessly.
  • Interfere with the neighbours’ peace or comfort.
  • Make any alteration to the property in any way without the landlord/property manager’s express permission.
  • Refuse the landlord or property manager entry when they are entitled to enter.
  • Sublet without the express permission of the landlord.
  • Use or allow others to use the property for any unlawful activities.

Contact our office to find out more about renting through Lochore’s. You can find available rental properties by clicking on the Rentals tab in the search area at the top of this page.

You can find out more information about renting on the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website:

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