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Ending tenancies due to family violence or assault by the tenant

2 December 2022

The law changes have now been finalised, allowing tenants to terminate tenancies early for family violence reasons and landlords to end tenancies if physically assaulted by the tenant.

Family violence

Regulations enable tenants who experienced family violence during the tenancy to withdraw from the tenancy with 2 days' written notice without financial penalty or the landlord's agreement.

The template of the written notice can be found here

Supporting evidence is required to be attached to the written notice in the form of a statutory declaration, a copy of a Protection Order, A Police Safety Order, a Police charging document or a written statement by a qualified person (e.g. doctor, midwife, social worker, a Police employee etc.)

For more information, head to Tenancy Services website

Physical assault

Regulations enable landlords to terminate the tenancy with 14 days' written notice if the landlord, the agent, the property owner, or their family member has been physically assaulted by the tenant, and the Police have filed a charge against the tenant.

The written notice must include information about the assault - parties involved, date, time, location and description of events. The person who carried out the assault must be on the tenancy agreement. The template can be found here

For more information, head to Tenancy Services website

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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What the community has to say
  • VN

    What about threats to burn the property down & to kill the lamdlords pets??

  • CC

    Shame that actual harm has to come to the landlord, threats and intimidation aren't enough. If you go to the Police and they investigate but choose not to lay charges, then you still can't evict them! Wow, just wow.

  • RS

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