PHOTO: 123RF An Auckland landlord bringing a rifle and ammunition to his rural Waitākere property was a serious threat to the tenants, tribunal says (file photo).

It was “completely unacceptable” for an Auckland landlord to take a rifle to a rental where young children lived, the Tenancy Tribunal says. 

Tenants Sara Piacun, Leroy Henriksen and their three children under 12 were left so “highly distressed, scared and worried” by the unexpected visit of their landlord they decided to end their rural Waitākere, West Auckland, tenancy. 

On September 21, the couple discovered a strange car parked in their driveway. 

It was the day after the tribunal had ruled in the tenants’ favour, dismissing landlord Marc Whinery’s allegations his tenants were using drugs, storing stolen property and had misrepresented themselves in relation to their references.