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Should the property have all compliance permits before it can be rented?

24 October 2022

It is a landlord's responsibility that the property is lawful premises for residential use, meets all relevant building, health and safety standards and is in reasonably clean and tidy condition before the tenants move in.

Suppose the property doesn't meet the above standards. In that case, the Tenancy Tribunal may find the occupation of the rental property unlawful and choose to issue remedies in favour of the tenant (depending on the severity of the breach).

If unsure, the landlord/ owner should make all reasonable efforts to confirm the property is lawful and that all previous building works, add-ons and installations were done in accordance with the relevant Act.

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