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Landlords still breaching rent laws: MBIE

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

Dunedin landlords who haven't complied with new insulation laws have come under fire as part of a crackdown on rental homes across the country.

Six student flat properties were inspected to determine whether landlords have been complying with new laws introduced from July 1.

Among the laws is a requirement that landlords must make a statement about the location, type and condition of current insulation on all new tenancy agreements from that date.

But the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says surprisingly there are still landlords who haven't complied more than three months later.

Maintenance issues affecting the warmth and dryness of homes are also still going unrepaired for long periods despite landlords being made aware, MBIE investigations manager Paul Coggan says.

"We take breaches of residential tenancy law seriously, and are working to crack down on poor landlord behaviour across New Zealand," he said.

The visits in Dunedin was the first in a series of operations planned across New Zealand.

Mr Coggan said landlords face damages up to $4000 per breach for non-compliance.

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