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Take steps now to make your rental home safer so you and your family get back on track more quickly if a natural disaster happens.

What to check with your rental

  • Make sure you have private contents insurance and review your level of cover regularly.
  • Secure tall furniture and hot water cylinders.
  • Know what factors make some properties more at risk of damage and discuss any major concerns with your landlord or property manager.
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Talking to your landlord or property manager

Following 2021 changes to the Residential Tenancies Act your landlord should not refuse any changes that are minor. Read more.

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Secure tall and heavy furniture

Tall and heavy furniture like bookshelves, drawers, TVs and whiteware can cause damage and injury if they fall during an earthquake.

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Secure hot water cylinders

If your rental has a hot water cylinder, check that it’s secured with straps and timber blocks at the floor and against the walls.

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Make sure your rental is strong

Find out what to check for when looking at how well your rental might stand up in a natural disaster.

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Insure your contents

Make sure you have sufficient private insurance to cover the cost of damage to or loss of your possessions as these are not covered through EQCover.