Fully-Furnished: what are landlords' obliged to provide?
Question from Pabodha W updated on 4th February 2008:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the Act) does not specify what furniture and chattels must be included for a property to be rented as fully furnished, nor does it oblige a landlord to provide certain items. Your tenancy agreement should list the items of furniture and chattels that are provided as part of the tenancy. It is a good idea for landlords and tenants to discuss the chattels and furniture that will be provided before entering into a tenancy agreement. Tenants and landlords may want to negotiate these items before they enter into a tenancy agreement. For example, a tenant may ask the landlord to provide certain items (eg washing machine, cutlery, etc) as part of the tenancy agreement. Once a tenancy agreement has been signed, the tenant will not usually be able to oblige the landlord to provide additional furniture or chattels. The tenant can request additional items be provided, but the Act does not require the landlord to provide them. Landlords should be aware that they are responsible for maintaining any furniture and chattels they provide as part of the tenancy. They are also responsible for fair wear and tear. The tenant is responsible for repairing any careless or intentional damage to furniture and chattels that is caused by themselves or anyone on the property at their invitation. For more information visit www.dbh.govt.nz or call 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62).
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