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Navigating Change: What to do when circumstances change after the landlord gives the notice to terminate?

30 January 2023

Life can be unpredictable, and plans do change. Changing circumstances can be especially challenging when a landlord has already given their notice to end the tenancy. In such a situation, it is important to understand the legal implications and how to handle the situation effectively.

Landlords can only end the tenancy with a valid reason for termination. This includes selling the property, converting it into commercial premises, planning extensive renovations, or intending to move into the property permanently. In such cases, the landlord must provide the tenant with the required notice period (commonly of at least 63 or 90 days).

Tenancy Services have an excellent tool to help you calculate the required notice period if you want to end your tenancy.

But circumstances can change before the end of the tenancy, making that reason no longer valid. So what should you do? Do you offer the existing tenants to stay and nullify the end of the tenancy notice?

In this situation, the landlord must acquire the tenant's consent to revoke the termination notice. If the tenant disagrees and wishes to have the tenancy terminated per the given notice, then the tenancy will terminate per the notice. In other cases, the tenant may still want to stay in the property and accept to disregard the original termination notice.

If in doubt, landlords and tenants should seek their own legal advice to ensure they're not in breach of any other obligations or provisions.

If you have a tenancy that is managed in myRent, then you can give notice by going to tenancy Settings, then clicking on End tenancy. myRent will guide you through the process, provide the forms you need to complete and deliver the notice for you.

How to serve notice to your tenants and/or schedule a tenancy to end in myRent

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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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