Tenants are living in a home with their families, but they’re worried they’ll lose their homes to the new rules set out in the Auckland Tenants Act.
The Act sets out a range of requirements, including notifying tenants and their landlords, that will see landlords and tenants living together for six months.
It also sets out what will happen if tenants move out, and what happens if they are found not to be in possession of the property.
Tenants living in shared accommodation are required to pay a fixed fee for the duration of the tenancy.
However, there are also provisions for people who have lived together for a period of up to five years, and who can also receive a fixed sum of money to pay rent.
“I think that there is a lot of misinformation in the press about the Act,” said Rianna, who asked that her last name not be used because she has a disability.
“The Act is really really complicated, it’s very clear.”
There are different forms of tenancy.
Some landlords are saying you can stay in a shared accommodation for five years and if you’re in possession, you can move out.”‘
I just want to live in a normal place’One of the tenants in the shared accommodation told RNZ she felt anxious about the law, but was hoping for better conditions in the future.”
It’s scary, I just want a normal life, to be able to do whatever I want to do.
“But I don’t know what will be the outcome.”
One of Rianne’s neighbours, who has also asked to remain anonymous, said the landlord in her shared accommodation has promised to fix the mess if she and her partner move out.
“They’re saying if you stay, then you’ll get a fixed amount and you can get on with your life,” she said.
“You just don’t have any choice in the matter.”
The landlord is now trying to negotiate a better rent agreement, but Riananne said she still fears for her future.
She said she would like to move out in order to get a place with a better property, but she still has concerns about the legal situation.
“If they come out and say you’re no longer in possession then I’m not happy because I just don´t know how long I can stay,” she told Rnz.
“We’re living in an apartment and we don’t really have a choice.”
When they come in, they’re going to get what they want, they won’t be able see the difference.