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Residential rental provider's duty to maintain premises

S. 68(1) substituted by No. 45/2018 s. 55(2).

    (1)     A residential rental provider must ensure that the rented premises are provided and maintained—

        (a)     in good repair; and

        (b)     in a reasonably fit and suitable condition for occupation.

S. 68(1A) inserted by No. 45/2018 s. 55(2).

    (1A)     Subsection (1) applies—

        (a)     whether or not the renter was aware of any disrepair at the rented premises before entering into occupation of the premises; and

        (b)     despite the amount of rent paid by the renter; and

        (c)     despite the age and character of the rented premises.

S. 68(2) amended by No. 45/2018 s. 55(3)(a).

    (2)     A residential rental provider is not in breach of the duty to maintain the rented premises in good repair if—

S. 68(2)(a) amended by No. 45/2018 s. 55(3)(b).

        (a)     damage to the rented premises is caused by the renter's failure to ensure that care was taken to avoid damaging the premises; and

S. 68(2)(b) amended by No. 45/2018 s. 55(3)(a)(c).

        (b)     the residential rental provider has given the renter a notice under section 78 requiring the renter to repair the damage.

S. 68(3) inserted by No. 45/2002 s. 16, amended by No. 45/2018 s. 55(4).

    (3)     If a residential rental provider owns or controls rented premises and the common areas relating to those rented premises, the residential rental provider must take reasonable steps to ensure that the common areas are maintained in good repair.

S. 68(4) inserted by No. 45/2018 s. 55(5).

    (4)     The residential rental provider must ensure that any person who carries out any repairs or works to discharge the residential rental provider's duty under subsection (1) is a suitably qualified person.

Note to s. 68 inserted by No. 45/2018 s. 55(6).


This section is a duty provision and a contravention of this section may be dealt with as a breach of a duty under Part 5 and other provisions of this Act.

S. 68A inserted by No. 45/2018 s. 56.

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