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Daikin: How to get the most out of your heat pump this winter

Not all heat pumps are created equal and given the harsh weather conditions in parts of New Zealand, it is important for landlords to be able to choose the most efficient and reliable model to install to keep their tenants and rental properties nice and warm. We speak to Gary Felstead, Deputy General Manager of Sales at Daikin to find out more. Q. In addition to the minimum kilowattage ...
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HHS heating to be installed right now?

Question from Janak: Do I have to provide heat pumps right now before a property manager can rent out my unit? My property manager says heat pumps are needed before they can advertise and rent out the property. Your question goes to how the compliance deadline interacts with the terms of your management authority: All private rentals must comply with the heating standard within 90 day...
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Shhh! Heat pump breaches quiet enjoyment?

An APIA members’ recent endeavour to comply with the HHS heating standards brought a couple of issues to the forefront that are worth unpacking here. Her experience in brief: She owns a block of three adjoining flats and made inquiries with a heat pump installer (with whom she has an existing working relationship with) about putting heat pumps into all three units. The installer assessed ...
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HHS Heat pumps: A Q&A with Tim Fawdray

Given predictable increase in activities in the heat pump market (the season, HHS compliance deadline and the lockdown being behind us 🤞🏻), we've gotten together with Tim Fawdray, Managing Director of Varcoe, to tackle some of the common issues landlords face when purchasing a heat pump: Q. The heating assessment tool is only telling insofar as what the required heating capacity is for a ...
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HHS heating standards for tenants on Globug

This week's question comes from Helen (paraphrased): It appears that Fujitsu NZ does not recommend installing its heat pumps at properties that are on Globug (Globug is a prepaid power service that connects and disconnects power in between account top-ups) as recurring connection followed by disconnection can damage the hardware. My tenant is on Globug, what should I do about the Healt...
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What is the standard for installing heating at rental properties?

This week's question comes from Fred (paraphrased): What is the standard for installing heating at residential rental properties? A well-timed question! Regrettably, there isn't a straightforward answer. Why? Because the entire rental industry has found ourselves smack-bang in the middle of a strange twilight zone bookended by the Home Improvement Regulations (HIR) that our Ten...
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A landlord's guide to making RTA reform and HHGA submissions (updated)

There are two pieces of law currently in their consultation stages that are simply too important and consequential for landlords to ignore: reform of the Residential Tenancies Act and Healthy Homes Standards. If left to their own devices, these proposals could dramatically shift the landscape of residential tenancy for landlords. Everyone involved in this industry has skin in th...
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A broken heater lead to a $2250 fine

By now, APIA landlords should be well aware of the 1947 Housing Improvement Regulations (HIR) and how it relates to s45 of the Residential Tenancies Act. The Tribunal, historically, has certainly not shied away from enforcing elements of the HIR especially as it relates to dampness. Increasingly, however, we are seeing it being relied on in decisions pertaining to deficient heating. For...
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What does Peter Dunne’s resignation from Parliament mean for investors?

This afternoon, Hon Peter Dunne announced his resignation from Parliament after serving 33 years for the Ōhāriu Electorate. This move came shortly after the One News Colmar Brunton poll released just last week putting Labour’s Greg O’Connor well ahead of the polls. National has since announced that it will be throwing its full support behind its own candi...
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The politics of houses

With the General Election merely weeks away and housing being the epicentre of the political battlefield, it is time for property investors to understand the positions of each of the major political parties and how our investments are likely to be affected. Below is a summary table of the four major political parties and their policy positions for the seven hot button issues for investors:...
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