Tenants:  FAQ's



How much will I have to pay to move into a property?


  • To give you an indication, for the average property, we will charge the first week's rent in advance and 4 weeks bond.


What's the difference between a fixed term tenancy and a periodic tenancy?
  • A fixed term tenancy cannot be terminated with notice by either you or the landlord. It has a start and finish date and you are responsible for the rent for the entire term of the tenancy.


  • A periodic tenancy can be terminated by either you or the landlord giving notice.

    • You have to provide the landlord with at least 21 days written notice if you wish to move out.

    • The landlord must provide you written notice of 42 days if the property has been sold or if any of the landlord's family require the property for their own use.

    • The landlord has to give 90 days notice for any other reason.  

    • If you wish to vacate before the 42 days or 90 days you will have to give the landlord 21 days written notice.


Can the rent be increased during my tenancy?
  • Yes, for a periodic term lease with the legally required notice. Yes for a fixed term too if it is written into the tenancy agreement but in most cases this will not be the case. 


  • However, the rent cannot be increased for a periodic lease within 180 days of the start of a tenancy or within 180 days after the last rent increase. The landlord is required to give you 60 days notice of the increase.


How often do you inspect the Property?


  • We will complete a full initial property condition report at the time you move into your property and will complete the first inspection 4-6 weeks after you move in. From then on, you can expect the inspections to be three monthly.

  • As a general rule though we make a minimum of four inspections per year.

  • We are required to give you a minimum 48hrs notice of any inspections and any inspections can only be carried out between 8.00am and 9.00pm.


What do I do if something needs repairing at the property?

  • Phone text or email us to tell us what the issue is. If required, we will organise a contractor who will arrange a suitable time with you to come around and complete the work.


What happens with my bond at the end of the tenancy?

  • After you have vacated the property and returned the keys, a final bond inspection will be carried out.

    • The condition of the property at the time of the bond inspection will be compared to the condition of the property at the commencement of the tenancy.

    • We cannot do this until you have ended the tenancy, vacated the property and returned the keys to us.

    • You will need to ensure that the property is left in a good clean and tidy condition as it was at the start of the tenancy.

    • Where necessary, we will arrange cleaning and/or repairs to put the property back to its original condition if the property is left unreasonably clean or if there is any damage.

    • This cost will be deducted from your bond. Selwyn Property Management is under no obligation to let you rectify any fault.

Selwyn Property Management Ltd

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Lincoln Property Manager

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PO Box 38, Rolleston 7643, Christchurch


T:  +64 3 347 0535



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West Melton

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