Your rights and responsibilities

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) looks after the laws which protect the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords/agents.

Avoiding problems

Some general tips to avoid problems with your tenancy include:

  • paying your rent on time
  • taking good care of the property
  • not disturbing the peace, comfort or privacy of your neighbours
  • speaking with your landlord/agent if you have any concerns with your tenancy, including changing who will be living with you
  • keeping all documents about the tenancy (e.g. entry condition report, tenancy agreement, letters and receipts) together in a safe place.

You can also read:

These booklets are given to you when you sign the tenancy agreement. The booklets are also available from the RTA and help you to better understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Tenancy agreements (leases)

Read about the different types of tenancy agreements and how they affect you.

Moving out

If you are moving out, you should:

Getting your rental bond back

To get your bond back, you must apply to the RTA after your tenancy has ended.

Property maintenance and cleaning

As a tenant, you are responsible for keeping the property/room clean and in good condition. Find out information about:

Resolving disputes

For information on resolving disputes, refer to legal and dispute support.

More information

For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, contact:

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