Is it wise to have a tenancy agreement amongst family and friends?
(updated on Thursday, August 07th 2008)
Our Experts Answer:In New Zealand, whether this situation is covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, and whether a written agreement is legally required, will depend on the agreement between the parties. However, it is advisable to record any agreement in writing, regardless of whether it is legally required or not. I recommend that you contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262 or 0064 4 238 4695 from outside New Zealand) to discuss whether the Residential Tenancies Act applies in this situation, and what type of written agreement is most suitable in the circumstances.
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