Falsely accused of damage to rental, what recourse do I have?
(updated on Tuesday, January 22nd 2008)
Our Experts Answer:The Tenancy Tribunal will need to determine the validity of your former landlord’s claims based on the facts presented by you, your ex-wife and the landlord at the Tribunal hearing. If you are to be held jointly responsible for the damages sought by the landlord, the landlord must prove the damage occurred during the time you were a tenant under the tenancy agreement. If you do not agree with the landlord’s claims, you will need to disprove them by presenting evidence, such as the letter from the property manager. Any records of times and dates of any discussion between you and the landlord may also be helpful. For more information on the Tenancy Tribunal hearing process, contact the Department of Building and Housing at 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62) or visit our website: www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancy.
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