Can live-in landlords have tenancy agreements with flatmates?
Question from Dana updated on 14th January 2008:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
Situations where the landlord lives in the property are excluded from all requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act, unless the tenant(s) and the landlord agree in writing that they will be covered by the Act. Therefore, I suggest you consult your local Community Law Centre or Citizens Advice Bureau for advice and information on tenancy and flatting arrangements that are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.
You might also like to consider having a written agreement between you and your flatmates. You can view an example of an agreement at www.tpa.org.nz
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