Residential Tenancies Act 1987 No 26
31 Certain tenants may appoint agent
(1) A tenant under a residential tenancy agreement who because of:
(a) intellectual impairment or physical impairment,
(b) illiteracy or an inability to read or write English sufficiently well, or
(c) absence from the residential premises,
is unable to deal with notices or other documents given under the agreement or this Act may appoint a person as the tenant’s agent for the purpose of receiving those notices or other documents.
(2) An appointment under this section:
(a) may be made in the residential tenancy agreement or at any time after the agreement commences, and
(b) may be revoked at any time by the tenant,
and any such appointment or revocation has no effect until it is notified to the landlord or the landlord’s agent.
(3) A landlord, the landlord’s agent or the Tribunal, if notified of the appointment, shall give to a person appointed by a tenant, until such time as the appointment expires or is revoked, any notices or other documents required by the residential tenancy agreement or this Act to be given to the tenant.
(4) A notice or other document that is required by this section to be given to a person appointed by the tenant and that is not so given shall be deemed not to have been given to the tenant.