Giving notice to end a fixed-term tenancy



In New Zealand, many landlords may concern a question that if I want to end a tenancy, how should we do? Today, Yukari will show you how to give the notice to end a tenancy if you want.


If you want to end your tenancy, first of all, you have to understand the rules for giving notice:

Generally, if your tenancy is under fixed term, you cannot give the notice to end a fixed-term tenancy early, but you have other options for ending it.


Fixed-term tenancies can only be changed if the landlord and all the tenants agree. Any agreement should be in writing and should include what’s been agreed to. Both the landlord and tenants should keep a copy of this.

The landlord may charge a fee for ending the fixed-term early. These fees should only be their actual and reasonable costs. For example, the cost to advertise for new tenants.


The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 states that from 11 February 2021, landlords must consider all requests from tenants to assign the tenancy and must not decline unreasonably. Landlords may include reasonable conditions when giving consent for assignment that the tenant must meet. Subletting can also occur with agreement.

A landlord can no longer prohibit assignment in the tenancy agreement for any new tenancy granted from 11 February 2021.


If a landlord or tenant has an unexpected change in circumstances they can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for help. If the applicant will suffer from severe hardship if the tenancy continues, the Tribunal may decide to end the fixed-term early at a date the Tribunal determines is appropriate.


If you have more questions for ending the tenancy agreement please feel free to contact us at yukari.sales@gmail.com, thanks.


在新西兰,很多房东都会关心一个问题,如果我想终止租约,我们应该怎么做?今天,Yukari 将向您展示如何为租客发终止合同通知。


如果您想终止租约,首先您必须了解以下内容:

一般来说,如果您的租约在固定期限内,您不能提前通知终止定期租约,但您有其他选择来终止它。


只有在房东和所有租户都同意的情况下,才能更改定期租赁。任何协议都应采用书面形式,并应包括已达成一致的内容。房东和租客都应该保留一份副本。

房东可能会收取提前结束固定期限的费用。这些费用应该只是他们实际和合理的成本,例如,为新租户做广告的成本。


《2020 年住宅租赁修正案》规定,从 2021 年 2 月 11 日起,房东必须考虑租户提出的所有分配租赁请求,不得无理拒绝。房东在同意转让时可包括租户必须满足的合理条件。转租也可以在同意的情况下进行。

对于自 2021 年 2 月 11 日起授予的任何新租赁,房东不能再禁止租赁协议中的转让。


如果房东或租户的情况发生意外变化,他们可以向租赁仲裁庭申请帮助。如果租赁继续下去,申请人将遭受严重困难,仲裁庭可以决定在仲裁庭认为合适的日期提前结束固定期限。


如果您对终止租赁协议有更多疑问,请随时通过 yukari.sales@gmail.com 与我们联系,谢谢。

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