I am in a fixed term tenancy and the landlord is unwilling to meet me in the middle about ending the tenancy during

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Customer: i am in a fixed term tenancy and the landlord is unwilling to meet me in the middle about ending the tenancy during covid. we are students, they have emailed back once in six weeks basically ignoring our requests to deal with pests and repairs. furthermore, they have added the entire pre-tenancy check to the agreement after we signed it which seems illegal?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: i have emailed about leaving and had no reply. i have eailed about repairs. i have rang them and they are unwilling to let us try to find other tenants. they want to charge us for them to do this instead which is the normal legal process but im just wondering under these circumstances if we could avoid having to pay thousands of dollars in costs of the agency to get more tenants in
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: hamilton
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Customer: we also had issues of theft and the landlord refused to help us with the eviction of the problematic tenant. this has made us all terribly mentally unwell
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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You need to make an application to the Tenancy Tribunal to end the tenancy and also ask about the other issues like the pests and repairs. The tribunal can end the tenancy if there are strong reasons causing serious hardship. You can also try to find another tenant and if they are a suitable tenant, then the landlord should accept them

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The landlord is unwilling to let us find future tenants. Do you think this is unreasonable. They prefer if we pay all the costs of them finding one?
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What would strong reasons for hardship entail. We are students and it's covid-19 I am having to buy all new technology and live off welfare
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Those appear to be good reasons for ending the tenancy. Its a good thing to offer to find the tenants, and have evidence by the landlords email that they are being difficult

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