Your First Rental

Congratulations on your decision to look for a home to rent. If this is the first property you have rented you may be wondering exactly what you need to prepare before moving in. Below, we highlight some of the information and documentation you should receive and complete prior to moving in:

  • Tenancy application form: A tenancy application needs to be completed and signed before moving in, and will require references from you as well. A reference can come from a previous landlord or property manager, or an employer.
  • Proof of employment: You will need to prove you are currently employed and the amount you are regularly paid. Usually you will need to provide your last two or three payslips.
  • Identification: You will need to provide your passport or drivers licence as photo ID.
  • Fees and costs: In New Zealand, tenants must pay what is called a letting fee, which is usually the equivalent of one week’s rent plus GST. In addition, usually two week’s rent needs to be paid up-front when renting to ensure you’re in advance, and a bond amount needs to be paid. A bond is usually the equivalent of four week’s rent, and is held in trust in the event the property is damaged at the end of your lease. The bond amount is returned to you if the home is in a reasonable condition.

If you are a first-time renter, you may be concerned about proving your rental history. Don’t worry, the main things your landlord and property manager will be looking for are your ability to meet regular rental payments, take care of the property and meet the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.

To find out more, visit Renting Frequently Asked Questions.