How can I check out potential tenants?

Charles asks:
(updated on Thursday, December 04th 2008)

How can I check out a prospective tenant? Is there a tenant rating and or a landlord rating website I can use?

Our Experts Answer:

The Department does not maintain a public database of tenants, landlords, current tenancies or properties available to rent. Neither do we have a database on the history or other information about landlords or tenants. However, you can view Tenancy Tribunal decisions at www.tenancytribunal.govt.nz. There you can do a search for the name of a prospective tenant to see whether they may have been a party to recent proceedings in the Tribunal. We also have a pre-tenancy application form that you can use when prospective tenants are applying to rent your property, which you can find at http://www.dbh.govt.nz/pub-pre-tenancy-index#map2 For further information about prospective tenants, you can contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).

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