PHOTO: TOM DILLANE The property is right by Campbells Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.

Tenants who lived rent-free for 10 months in a waterfront property on Auckland’s North Shore are now being ordered to pay $50,000.

A recently released decision by the Tenancy Tribunal said Liyan Cui and her husband purchased the property on The Esplanade in Campbells Bay in May 2012 and it has been used as a rental property ever since.

It is currently being managed by Harcourts and being rented out for $1350 per week.

Cui and her husband met Zheng Shuang and Jin Chuan at the end of 2015, having been introduced by a mutual friend, the tribunal decision said.