Renting a Property in New Zealand
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Whether you intend to buy or rent, it makes sense to rent a property when you first arrive in New Zealand, so you can see the lay of the land before you commit yourself to living in a particular area. Buying a property and then finding the area is not what you expected is an expensive mistake to make.
Rental prices vary enormously, depending on the area you are intending to settle in. Obviously, cities, especially Auckland, can command the highest rents. The majority of rentals are unfurnished. Rentals can be found directly from landlords’ adverts, from estate agents and from sites like TradeMeProperty. Properties are in short supply, so quick responses to adverts are essential.
Types of Rental Agreement
Costs and Fees
Many landlords use the standard Tenancy Agreement which the Department of Building and Housing provides free of charge. If you’re unhappy with the agreement you are asked to sign, you can always get a lawyer to look at it.
When you sign your lease, you’ll need to provide photographic identification, such as a passport and references. The ideal references will be from former landlords but if you haven’t rented before then get character references from former employers, estate agents you’ve used to sell or buy a property or anyone of standing who isn’t related to you. Many landlords and estate agents also ask for proof of income.
It’s important that you tell your prospective landlord if you intend to bring a pet into the property. Many landlords say they won’t take dogs but if you can persuade them that Fido is well behaved and, better still, provide doggy references, then landlords often change their minds.