REINZ welcomes Privacy Commission’s guidelines but …

REINZ welcomes Privacy Commission’s guidelines but warns they may cause confusion

When news of the ‘KFC test’ broke last year, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) immediately called for some consistent standards to be put in place, therefore, broadly speaking, the Institute welcome the announcement from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) that it has released some guidelines for landlords and property managers.

However, there are concerns around some of the discrepancies between what landlords may ask for under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and what the Privacy Commission’s guidelines state. For example, Section 13A of the RTA requires a tenancy agreement to state whether a tenant is under the age of 18 – if landlords can’t ask a tenant’s age (almost never justified) or are unable to ask for a driver’s licence (almost never justified), then how will landlords ensure a tenant is over the age of 18?

REINZ is disappointed that the industry was not consulted on these guidelines as the Institute would have been able to provide some valuable feedback to the Commissioner as to how some of these recommendations would work in practice.

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