Im looking for someone to talk to about a tenancy issue. New zealand. Nothing, looking for advice on what to do

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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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ok, I will start from the beginning im currently renting a house that was advertised as a 5brm 2bth house i have recently discovered that the second bathroom does not have code of compliance and that the 4th bedroom has no building permit at all, what should i do?
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Those issues do not necessarily affect your rights as a tenant unless the property is unsafe. Usually the tenancy tribunal will only look at this if the property is below standard in a way that affects you as a tenant. Of course, the property should have a code compliance certificate and the bedroom should be permitted, but unless this affects your rights as a tenant to have a safe and habitable property there isn't much you can do about it

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What about the amount of rent i pay, as if the rooms are not safe to use, then i'm effectively paying very high rent for whats left as some of the house would not meet the healthy homes standards
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If the rooms do not meet the healthy home standard, you can apply to the tenancy tribunal to reduce the rental until the property is brought up to standard. Ideally the property should be brought up to standard but it is only when it is unsafe that you can make a claim or unhealthy.

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Ok so i'm guessing black mould in bedroom, no ventilation in bathroom, exposed wiring in kitchen, leaking toilet and dodggy electrical work in bedroom with out permit would be classed as unhealthy/unsafe, bathroom,toilet and kitchen is what has no code of compliance ?
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That would be issues which you can raise in the tenancy tribunal. I assume that the landlord has not taken any steps to remedy these problems. You could start by telling the landlord that you want to reduce the rent until the property is brought up to standard, which you can do, but also make an application to the tribunal for the work to be done and an order about appropriate rental until the work is done

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ok thank-you this is just the advice i was looking for, no the landlord is not interested in fixing anything
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also can my landlord stop me from running a business from home?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

That is a more difficult question – some tenancy agreements would prohibit this, but if it was something like online sales and didn't affect the property, then I don't believe this would be unlawful

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Ok thankyou, just the answer i was looking for thank-you for your help
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