To do real estate agency work in New Zealand you must be licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 – unless you are exempt. Some people can apply for a temporary licence.
Real estate agency work is defined in section 4 of the Act.
People who are exempt from needing a licence
People who are exempt from the requirement to be licensed are:
- Lawyers and conveyancing practitioners, within the meaning of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act
- Licensed auctioneers.
Call us if you are not sure
If you are not sure if you need a licence – e.g. if you are an agricultural consultant, a trustee or investment manager or a property advisor – please give us a call
In certain circumstances some people can apply for permission to carry out, or appoint someone else to carry out, an agent’s business. This will be strictly for a period specified by our Registrar.
- The manager of the estate of a licensee who is subject to a property order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988
- The personal representative of an agent who has died
- The assignee in bankruptcy of a licensee who has been declared bankrupt
- The liquidator or receiver of a licensee company that is in liquidation or receivership
- The nominated representative of a licensee who is sick, absent or otherwise temporarily prevented from carrying on business
- The liquidator, any person conducting the dissolution or a trustee appointed under an instrument of instruction of a building society, where a licensee building society is being dissolved.
If you wish to apply for a temporary licence please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (0800 367 7322), option 1.