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Tenancy Tribunal to rehear Rangeview Rd case

Tenancy Tribunal ordered to rehear Rangeview Road case

The Auckland District Court has ordered the Tenancy Tribunal to rehear Housing New Zealand's case against the tenancy at 39 Rangeview Road, Mt Albert, Auckland.

"This judgement is significant for all residential landlords," Housing New Zealand's operations director Celia Patrick said today.

"It quashes a ruling by the Tenancy Tribunal that, if left in place, could have altered the legal balance between a tenant's rights and a neighbour's rights."

Housing New Zealand attempted to terminate the tenancy at 39 Rangeview Road last year because people associated with the tenancy were causing significant disruption to the neighbourhood. The Tenancy Tribunal refused to grant the tenancy termination order after a lengthy hearing.

Ms Patrick said Housing New Zealand appealed the Tribunal's ruling to the District Court arguing that the Tribunal had significantly erred in the way it had run the hearing, and in the way it had applied the law.

"The decision to take that appeal has been vindicated," she said.

"The Court has found the Tribunal was wrong in the way it applied the law, and the way it ran the hearing. The judgement has provided valuable guidance on what the Tribunal needs to consider in any future cases when deciding if a tenant's behaviour is causing significant disturbance to the neighbourhood.

"Housing New Zealand has an obligation to some 200,000 New Zealanders who live in state homes, and the communities around them, to play a leadership role in helping to define the rights and obligations of tenants, and neighbours. That has been achieved in this case," Ms Patrick said

Housing New Zealand will now wait for the Tribunal to set a new hearing date.


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