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bagheera:andromeda: just me on the lease
ALWAYS have all people who are living at the address on the lease, that way it reduces your risk, with only you on the lease if you had move in and then your GF decided to break something and move out due to hating you, not only would you be stuck with the rent, but also the bill to fix damage, if she was on the lease, then it would only be 1/2 the damage and 1/2 the rent.
Kingy: I'm currently going through a similar situation. We are 6 months into a 12 month lease and are moving due to a new job. As stated in our contract we have to pay a break lease fee (basically a fee for them to advertise the place) and also to continue paying rent until a suitable replacement is found.
Luckily for us our property managers were pretty on to it and 3 days after we confirmed we were breaking the lease they showed through 2 sets of people and one of them has applied and gotten the place. So apart from the fee we need to pay we're out of the woods.
I don't know the exact rules/law but surely taking all the bond from you isn't exactly allowed. I'd assume they would keep it to ensure you continue to pay until a new tennant is found but once that is sorted you should receive it back.
I'd also say the same for rent in advance. The idea is that you pay in advance so that if for some apparent reason you fail to pay rent one week then it ensures you aren't behind and the property managers/landlords aren't out of pocket. Assuming you do have to pay rent until someone else moves in remember that you are in advance. At the end of the day if you stay in advance you are entitled to this back as well.
On another note I would keep track of what exactly the landlord is doing to advertise the property (if you found it through trademe, look for it on trademe etc etc etc). I'd be seriously pissed if I found out that you were paying rent on a property that they weren't even trying to rent out.
networkn: I am not certain ( Talk to Tenancy - Department of Building and Housing) but I am pretty sure they can't take your bond. Having said that, you could be worse off.
andromeda: thanks for all the info guys. ended up losing the bond,but just getting the 1 week rent in advance that i paid. called 0800 TENANCY and they said it was a fair deal.