Mopping up a mess
Question from Roger updated on 22nd February 2011:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
Tenants are responsible for any damage caused carelessly or intentionally by them or their invited guests. Landlords are responsible for ensuring the premises are maintained in a reasonable state of repair and comply with all the relevant health, safety, and building regulations. If both parties cannot agree where the responsibility lies, or who will pay the cost of the damage, you could apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to resolve the matter. To discuss your situation further, or for information about landlord and tenant responsibilities, you can visit the Department of Building and Housing website (www.dbh.govt.nz) or call 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).
The Department of Building and Housing provides information and guidance on building law and compliance, services including weathertight homes, and advice for tenants and landlords.