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Terminating Tenancies: Procedural Fairness and Balancing Rights

Project Staff Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin


This study uses social science methods to study the termination of tenancies for unpaid rent and the enforcement of those decisions. This issue is affecting the lives of many New Zealanders, either as those who earn income from renting residential property, or as those who are tenants (now more than half the population). Residential mobility has significant health, education and employment effects and is therefore an important social issue. This project examines the fairness of the legal process that underpins forced residential mobility and the balance being struck between the property rights of landlords and the treatment of tenants.

Related centre objective

"To carry out research on how courts can best ascertain the truth and arrive at a fair and just outcome." 

Research updates

This project forms part of a larger project led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman called "Eviction and its consequences: Representation, Discourse & Reality" funded by a Marsden Grant. 

Project outputs

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