Badly-behaved landlords have been making news in recent months for a range of reasons including:
- Discriminatory behaviour – a landlord reportedly said “all Indians are dirty”.
- Failing to lodge bonds – a boarding house owner who was fined over $4,200.
- Unlodged extra pet bonds – a landlord charged a ‘cat bond’ then failed to lodge it, then asked for damages caused by the cat.
- Failing to maintain the property – an Auckland landlord was charged $6,000 for not fixing a leaky toilet, keeping the bond and asking for extra rent.
- Strange cases – a landlord who tried to claim a profit of his tenant’s brothel business.
It’s tough work being a DIY landlord in 2019 with all the new rules and regulations. You’ve got to keep up with the rules, while having all your paperwork in order and knowing exactly what you can demand. As the adjudicator put it in the cat bond case: “acting as a residential landlord means running a business undertaking and one that is highly regulated.”
Dealing with tenants can make being a landlord stressful. The largest proportion of cases at the Tenancy Tribunal is private landlords, despite the professionals dealing with far more properties, because good property managers know what they can and can’t do. If you’re sick of problem tenants and Tribunal cases, you need a professional property manager.