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Under Alert Level Three, we will still have significant restrictions on our day-to-day lives. Still, the Government has announced important improvements to the realestate sector, which will allow landlords to regain some normality.

Open homes and viewings

Open homes are unfortunately not allowed during the Alert Level 3, but private viewings by appointment can resume with necessary precautions to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, COVID-19. The government's decision will help landlords fill their vacant properties after a month of inactivity.

For tenanted properties, the viewings must be held with the agreement of the tenants.

More detailed guidance on how the viewings will operate will be available soon.

Moving In

Tenants will be allowed to move homes at Alert Level 3. They will also be allowed to travel between regions to move house as long as their move throughout New Zealand only happens once and in one direction.

The tenants will also be allowed to use furniture removers on the basis that distancing is maintained.

There have been reports of house movers inundated with bookings after the five-week lockdown and unable to cope with demand. So we would recommend tenants to contact the moving companies early to reserve their spot.

Maintenance

Under Alert Level 3, the tradespeople (including electricians and plumbers) are allowed to come to your property for any repair as long the relevant public health measures are met. This includes physical distancing requirements.

Home cleaners cannot enter people's homes.

Inspections

It is yet to be announced if routine inspections will be allowed during Alert Level 3. But it looks unlikely at this stage.

Everyone must remember we are still under Alert Level 4, and all Alert Level 4 restrictions remain in place.

The information contained in this article is exclusively for promotional purposes. It does not in any way constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as the basis for any legal action or contractual dealings. The information is not and does not attempt to be, a comprehensive account of the relevant law in New Zealand. If you require legal advice, you should seek independent legal counsel. myRent.co.nz does not accept any liability that may arise from the use of this information.


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