Holiday homes, baches and
apartments in New Zealand
Renting family residential homes or
holiday homes, baches and cottages - and more recently tourist
apartments and flats - to holidaymakers has been a well known and used
practice in New Zealand for many years. Most overseas visitors stay in
rented or private "homes" of one kind or another.
Baches and holiday homes are all
different and unique and part of the mystique and charm of off-track,
offbeat holidaying. The differing standards set are matched by differing
There are many obvious
and special advantages to renting a "home" for holidays apart
from usual cost savings based on what value and extras you are actually
getting with homely accommodation. Many of the advantages outlined in
the following pages on residential home exchange are also relevant to
residential and holiday home rental for holiday accommodation.
Renting homes may require
some formal written rental agreement to be drawn up and signed by the
parties if they so decide. Tenancy Agreements are available from
solicitors, real estate agents, government housing agencies and
stationery shops. These agreements mostly cover full-time tenancy
situations but they may be used as a good basis to adapt and modify for
a written, short, fixed-term tenancy agreement.
Short-term rental for
holiday purposes is exempted under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 -
making a bond and a specific written rental agreement not mandatory.
People usually make their own informal arrangements.
Some form of written or
verbal agreement is necessary however, in respect of the cost, duration
and dates of the tenancy no matter how short or long. However, most
people however, seem to just have a talk about what is involved.
References can be asked
for from the home owners as well as the tenants if necessary where
residential and holiday home rental is chosen.
Items such as use of gas
and electricity are normally included in rental costs for the short-term
use of someone�s place and some separate arrangements made for the use
of the phone.
Discussions with the insurance industry
revealed that you should inform your insurance company if you are
exchanging or renting your residential home, rooms or any other type of
holiday home or mobile home. Where motor vehicles or vessels are
included in any rental arrangement, your
insurance company should also be notified