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What is a Notice to Remedy? When should you send one? How you it be sent to the tenant or landlord?

What is a Notice to Remedy?

The landlord or tenant can give a Notice to Remedy when they believe the other party has breached the tenancy agreement.

There are different types of notices depending on the type of breach: rent arrears or other breaches.

The Notice to Remedy gives the other party 14 days to fix the breach. If the breach is not fixed within 14 days, the party who gave the notice can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for an order terminating the tenancy (and also for compensation if relevant).

Notice to Remedy - Unpaid Rent

If rent becomes overdue, the landlord can give the tenant a 14-day Notice to Remedy for rent arrears. The tenant will then have 14 days to pay the overdue rent.

Any further rent that becomes due must be paid on time.

Notice to Remedy - other

If either the tenant or landlord believes that the other party has breached the agreement in any other way (e.g. failing to conduct repairs or maintenance they are responsible for), then they can give a 14-day Notice to Remedy.

The party who receives the Notice then has 14 days to fix the breach (e.g. by repairing the damaged property).

Where can I download a Notice to Remedy?

Notice to Remedy - rent arrears

Sent by landlord to tenant

Notice to Remedy - other breaches

Sent by landlord to tenant

Notice to Remedy - breach of landlord's duties

Sent by tenant to landlord

How do I send a Notice to Remedy?

To validly give a Notice to Remedy, you must give it to the other party in one of the following ways:

  • Email - email to the email address supplied on the tenancy agreement
  • Mail/Letterbox - mail the notice to the address for service listed on the tenancy agreement, or put in the letterbox at that address.
  • In Person - give the notice to the other party in person.
  • Fax - fax the notice to a fax address listed in the tenancy agreement

You should also upload a copy of the Notice to Remedy to myRent.

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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