Renting in New Zealand

If you’re not quite ready to commit to an area or to buying when you first arrive, renting is a great option.

We manage over 14,000 rental properties in Auckland and Northland, so we're well placed to help you find the right house to rent.

Before you jump into renting, there are a few things you might like to consider. Demand for rentals in some areas is strong, so there can be a lot of competition. Securing the right place can take some time, so you’ll need to be prepared and patient.

Types of tenancies

There are two types of tenancy contracts available in New Zealand:

  • Fixed term: Tenancies which have a start and end date and cannot be terminated by notice by either party. However, if both parties agree, the tenancy can be terminated sooner
  • Periodic: These provide more flexibility, as they can be terminated by notice by either party if their personal circumstances change. The standard notice periods are either 42 or 90 days by the landlord (depending on the situation), or 21 days by the tenant. For further information about tenancies and notice periods, read our renting FAQs.

The type of tenancy arrangement you end up with will depend on what you are looking for, as well as what the landlord wants. For example, if you're renting while looking to buy, you might try to find a rental property that offers a periodic tenancy.

How to apply

To apply for a rental property, you’ll need to supply references, as well as a completed and signed tenancy application form. You may also need to provide some additional information, such as an employment contract or payslips and identification.

Costs and bond

In New Zealand, when renting through an agency, the tenant not the owner is responsible for paying the letting fee - usually a sum equivalent to one week's rent + GST.

You will also be required to pay up to two weeks rent in advance, plus a bond, which will be the equivalent of up to four weeks rent.

To find out more about costs associated with renting and what happens to your bond, check out our renting FAQs.

What you need to know about renting in New Zealand

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