Updated 18 May 2020

Dealing with a COVID-19 related situation? Read our information for unit title owners and tenants.

For general information on COVID-19, visit the government’s central website.

COVID-19.govt.nz (external link)

Simple, specific guidance for those that live in apartment buildings, and for body corporates can be found on the renters and homeowners webpage.

Renters and homeowners (external link) - COVID-19.govt.nz website

Body corporate meetings

A temporary amendment was made to the Unit Titles Act 2010 (UTA) to allow members of a body corporate or a body corporate committee to attend meetings by audio or audio-visual link.

The amendment applies from 25 March 2020 until 12 weeks after the date that the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 expires or is revoked.

The Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice came into force on the 25 March 2020 and will last for 3 months unless an earlier end date is notified or the notice is renewed.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

From 26 March 2020, there is a freeze on rent increases and limits on tenancy terminations. This has been applied as law through the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Amendment Act.

More information about the rent freeze announcement can be found on the Tenancy Services website:

COVID-19 (coronavirus) - announcement on rent increase freeze and tenancy terminations (external link)

COVID-19 (coronavirus) – what landlords and tenants need to know (external link)