3 beneficiaries on tenancy...1 person leaves...ask landlord for verification of change in rent for other two to take to

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Customer: Ok 3 beneficiaries on tenancy...1 person leaves...ask landlord for verification of change in rent for other two to take to winz to change accordingly...5+ months later I receive text about arrears of $6000+...I feel my landlord purposely procrastinated...Can he do this?
JA: What steps have they taken so far? Have they prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: That was quick...Threats of tribunal for termination of tenancy if not sorted.....
JA: Have they talked to an Oklahoma lawyer about this?
Customer: Omg...nevermind thankyou for your help....I'm not an American citizen
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Customer: Prior to this incident...I admit to some prior arrears to which I have receipts...then I wondered why it seemed bigger so asked my landlord....that's when I was informed by landlord last month that the 3rd party portion of rent was still our liability and needed to be paid asap....still no letter of verification...yesterday recieved from landlord copy of tenancy agreeement signed by all 3...plus copy of other tenant verification to be taken off tenancy signed by her and landlord (she just up and left the premises no notification to tenants)...plus a breakdown on monies recieved and not recieved...
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellingtonwith more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.

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The tenant who left should have either kept paying or found someone else to replace them. As the tenants still living there, you should have paid that extra amount or found another tenant. Because you are still on the lease, you are still liable for all the rent, not just your share. So you will need to negotiate with the landlord but could be thrown out if you don’t pay

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Hi Chris...i asked several times for letter of verification for winz so our payments could be changed accordingly so landlord could get his full amount of rent...but to no avail...landlord expected me to just walk in and tell them without proof that third had left....Chris all I needed was the letter of verification in the first place..then this would not have escalated the way it has...landlord has not filed anything yet to my knowledge...we are beneficiaries we needed verification..
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I've had a long day and I'm tired...like I said I feel he purposely procrastinated...
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What you should have done is just tell WINZ that a flatmate had moved-I assume woul wanted the landlord to confirm this with a letter. You can tell the landlord that this is what happened and so the arrears are partly his fault, but the arrears still need to be paid

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We have no problems paying arrears accrued by the other tenant (have reciepts ) my rent is direct to landlord via winz still out going....arrears just part of problem...there's maintenance problems that have not been addressed since precovid till now.....anyway....I've opted to apply to Tribunal least this way this situation can be sorted amicabily.....I wish to thankyou for all your advice and services which has been very helpful....once again with much appreciation...thankyou.
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