Common mistakes tenants make

There are several common mistakes that tenants often make when renting residential property in New Zealand.

These mistakes include misunderstanding the terms and conditions in the lease agreement, failure to advise the landlord of any repairs or damage, not researching the area properly and not taking out content insurance.

A property manager can help prevent these mistakes and can allow for an effective long-term relationship between the landlord and the tenant. For more information contact one of our property managers

1. Understanding the lease agreement

Before tenants sign a lease agreement there are several aspects in which a tenant must be aware of before they are legally bound to the tenancy agreement.

  • Check the fine print of the contract 
  • Understand the tenants' rights outlined in the tenancy agreement 
  • Keep a copy of the lease agreement.

2. Personalised leasing

Your lifestyle will have an impact on where you live. Tenants should consider whether they intend to have flatmates, pets or are expecting extended family and friends to stay.

3. Failure to assess damage

Rental properties often experience damage. At the commencement of the tenancy, tenants should note down any pre-existing damage to the property and take photos as evidence. Tenants should read through and check the entry inspection report and note down any repairs the landlord has agreed to fix.

4. Not researching the area

The area in which a property is located can have an impact on the tenant. There are several things tenants can do to make sure they will be living in a safe and healthy environment. Ask neighbours about the upkeep of the building and how the property has been treated. Local police can provide information on crime statistics within the area.

5. Forgetting to take out insurance

Contents insurance protects your valuables from theft and damage, as well as covering damage to the property. Tenants should speak to their insurance company to find out more.

How we can help you

Our rental teams know their communities inside and out and have the on-the ground knowledge to help you find the right location and the right property that matches your needs.

We also know all about the legal ins and outs so you can be sure you have everything you need to make the right decision at the right time.

Find out more about why people rent with us or contact a property manager.