When managing properties, housing workers need to gain entry to the rented premises on occasions. This may be for the purposes of maintenance, to check on reports that the tenant has breached their lease or the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), or to conduct a routine inspection. Tenants have a right to quiet enjoyment of their premises and the RTA sets out the way an inspection must be notified and conducted. It is important that housing workers know how to do this correctly. On the other hand, tenants have a duty under the RTA to allow entry if they have been notified properly. Housing workers need to know the steps they can take if this occurs.
Topics will include:
- Arranging entry, including giving notice correctly
- Grounds for entry
- Manner of entry
- What must be in a notice of entry?
- Tenant has duty to permit entry – what if they don’t?
- What if damage is caused during entry?
- Entering without notice in special circumstances
- What will be the impact of changes when the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 is enacted?
This is best suited for:
- Tenancy workers
- Maintenance and asset staff
- Managers who need to understand the obligations and limitations on their staff when entering premises.