Power supply rights

Question from jim updated on 21st November 2018:

In a shared tenancy, what rights do I have as a landlord over power supply when my tenant is the account holder for the supply? If this is a commercial tenancy are they able to legally reduce the level of power supply?

Our expert Bernard Parker responded:

It’s unclear what you mean by a shared tenancy. In a normal situation the tenant is responsible for the electricity supply to the premises. Sometimes this is varied by agreement between tenant and landlord. In any instance the tenancy agreement or lease document will specify the rights and responsibilities of each party.

Bernard is principal of Quinovic – Kapiti-Mana. Quinovic's outstanding people and systems provide the most professional, effective and reliable residential property management service in the NZ market for over 30 years.

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