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The return of COVID-19: What you need to know

12 August 2020

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After over 100 days without any community transmitted cases, New Zealand is back to Alert level 2 and 3.

After 4 cases of community transmission in South Auckland were announced, the Government put Auckland back to Level 3 Alert and the rest of New Zealand to Level 2 for 14 days while they're assessing the situation and gathering information to help them make further decisions.

What does it mean to NZ landlords?

REINZ has provided some instructions for the property industry based on what level 3 and level 2 restrictions meant for landlords earlier this year. Tenancy Services has announced that existing Alert Level 2 and 3 guidance remains accurate at present.

Auckland Region:

  • Open homes are banned.
  • Private viewings are allowed by appointment. Strict social distancing requirements need to be observed.
  • Tenants are allowed to move houses.
  • It's not clear if there are restrictions on interstate moves.
  • It is highly recommended that you wear a mask.
  • If you're unwell, stay at home and don't socialise.
  • People at high risk of severe illness such as older people and those with existing medical conditions are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home.

The Auckland region is everything in the Auckland Council boundary — from Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the south.

More on organising viewings under Alert Level 3
More on maintenance and inspections under Alert Level 3

The rest of New Zealand:

  • Open homes can take place with strict physical distancing and contact tracing systems in place.
  • Private viewings are allowed, but physical distancing of two metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Tenants are allowed to move houses.

More on organising viewings under Alert Level 2
More on NZ Property under Alert Level 2

We are awaiting more announcements from the Government and will update the landlords on further developments.

To help you with information about uncertain times we're facing, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Centre

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

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