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Don't Neglect Tenant Safety - 12th Apr 2018

Rental Property Management Christchurch

Landlords must take their responsibilities for tenant safety seriously or they could face thousands of dollars in fines – as a new Tenancy Tribunal decision shows.

Christchurch boarding house owner Lina Liu has been landed with a $4,100 fine after a non-compliant gas supply was found at one of her properties.

The MBIE Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team took Liu to the Tribunal for failing to meet her responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

Tenancy compliance team manager Steve Watson says they acted following complaints of a gas leak at one of Liu's boarding houses.

“When the team looked into Ms Liu’s operations, not only was the gas supply to the property found to be non-compliant, but it was established that Ms Liu failed to have working smoke alarms at both of her properties.

“Further there were no written tenancy agreements with insulation statements in place.”

The Tribunal ordered Liu to pay $4000 in exemplary damages for the health and safety breaches and stated that smoke alarms “go to the very heart of tenant safety”.

It also issued an order which allows the tenancy compliance team to return to ensure the gas work has been fixed.

Watson says this is just as important as the financial deterrent and will ensure future tenants can safely live in the rental property.

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