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COVID-19: How will Alert Level 3 restrictions affect NZ landlords?

17 April 2020

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Under Alert Level 3, 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 many 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 weeks of inactivity.

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

For more information read COVID-19: Changes to viewings and open homes during Alert Level 3

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 (if moving within the same alert level area) on the basis that distancing is maintained.

During previous lockdowns, there have been reports of house movers inundated with bookings and unable to cope with demand. So we would recommend tenants to contact the moving companies early to reserve their spot.


Under Alert Level 3, tradespeople come to your house to do maintenance. This includes electricians, plumbers and builders. However, it is recommended that maintenance is only carried out in emergencies.

For more information read COVID-19: Changes to Maintenance during Alert Level 3


Routine inspections are still not allowed during Alert Level 3. Virtual inspections are an option if the tenants agree.

For more information read COVID-19: Changes to Inspections during Alert Level 3

In December 2021 NZ moved away from the alert level system to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights). Follow this link to the summary of real estate activities permitted under various traffic light settings

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. does not accept any liability that may arise from the use of this information.

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