Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

A targeted reform of the Residential Tenancies Act is underway to support the Government’s goal of making life better for renters.

On 27 August 2018, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development released a discussion document outlining proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

A copy of the discussion document is available at:

The reform aims to:

  1. Improve tenants’ security and stability while protecting landlords’ interests
  2. Ensure the law appropriately balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and helps renters feel at home
  3. Modernise the legislation so it can respond to the changing trends in the rental market
  4. Improve the quality of boarding houses and the accountability of boarding house landlords.


Submissions are to be received by 21 October 2018.


As part of the consultation on the Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) invites you to attend a workshop in Auckland.

  • Date: 5 October 2018
  • Location: Hauraki Gulf Rooms 1-2, Bruce Mason Centre, The Promenade, Takapuna
  • Time: 10am – 3pm

Your involvement and feedback at these workshops, along with submissions received from the discussion document and online web survey, will help us develop final proposals for the Government’s consideration. If approved, they will form the basis of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

If you would like to attend this workshop, RSVP by 11 September 2018 to with your name and contact details. If you are unable to attend at this location, please get in touch and we’ll consider if an alternative is available.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. If you have food allergies or specific requirements, please let us know.


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