Marlborough Property Investors' Association
The Department of Building and Housing is encouraging people seeking rental accommodation to check the credentials of landlords and their representatives following media reports of tenants paying bond money to bogus property managers.
“The Department has recently become aware of substantial bonds and rent in advance being paid to a property manager, and then being unable to move into the property or to trace their landlord and the money they’ve paid.” says the Department’s Manager, Client Services, Jeff Montgomery.
“This is fraud and these tenants have, quite rightly, gone to the police. We encourage anyone who finds themselves in this situation to do the same or call the Department for advice”, he says.
The Department suggests prospective tenants carry out pre-tenancy checks to prevent this kind of fraud.
“This will ensure the person they are dealing with is genuine and that the tenancy runs smoothly, and in a business-like fashion,” Jeff Montgomery says.
He suggests prospective tenants do the following when dealing with a landlord or property manager:
Further information and advice for tenants can be located on the Department’s website www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancy or by contacting the Department on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).