Queenstown tenants are either behaving themselves or it is
uneconomic for landlords to try to recover missed rent from
tenants returning overseas.
Missing rent payments is the most common complaint to the
Tenancy Tribunal, with 91% of applications nationally being
filed by landlords,
76% of them due to rent arrears.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment said the data did suggest Queenstown had
''considerably less Tenancy Tribunal disputes compared to the
size of the rental market''.
The spokesman said this could be attributed to the resort
having a large number of rental properties administered by
property managers, who may be contributing to a more
professional level of landlord service and tenant selection.
''This tends to result in disputes being dealt with promptly
and without the need for Tenancy Tribunal intervention.''
While many tenants could vacate their tenancy without paying
rent, for landlords ''it is often uneconomic to try and
recover that money from tenants who return overseas'' so they
may not bother applying to the tribunal for rent arrears.
Statistics from the ministry show that between July 2012 and
June 2013, most applications to the Tenancy Tribunal were for
properties in Fernhill (23), followed by Frankton (18), then
In total, 118 applications were received for the period,
compared with 83 for July 2011-June 2012 and 125 for July
For the 2012-13 year, the tribunal received 42,438