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Louise Benson: How to vet and on-board a first-time renter

Most of us have been tenants at some stage in our lives, but there was always that first time. As property managers, working with first-timers requires flexibility and sometimes, creativity. When an application has been received by someone completely new to renting this can prove challenging. We may only have the applicant’s parents or a disgruntled ex...
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Stephen Dallow: How to choose your next property manager

When it comes to looking after yourself, you should always choose a great doctor who is up to date with the latest medical treatments, a fantastic dentist who can make sure your smile looks amazing for as long as possible and often at the top of a list is a hairdresser that you totally trust. Then it is making sure you have the right insurance cover to protect you and your family. So ...
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Tips to navigate the post-letting fee world

*Note that for the purpose of this article we will distinguish ‘letting’ from that of ‘property management’ as understood in the New Zealand context. From 12th December, letting fees will be 'abolished'. By now, you should have received communications from your property manager explaining if and how you will be affected. Many have already advised their new fee structures to help th...
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Get ready for summer!

We've got together with some of our good friends to bring you a list of summer landlord tips. Take a look: Dean Larritt, Maintain To Profit Minimise the need for emergency repairs over the summer. Check that all of your rentals are secure by giving the door- and window- locks a once-over before you head off on holiday. Ron Goodwin December/January are typically high-churn m...
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Failure to lodge bond is no joke

54 Tribunal orders amounting to $38,713.76 in exemplary damages and costs against an Invercargill landlord are reasons enough for all of us refresh our understanding of landlords’ bond duties. After an exhaustive investigation by the Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment brought 54 Tribunal applications ...
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How to build your B&H dream team

It is often said that real wealth with property comes with time. You are more likely to succeed if you take the long-term approach to accumulate both cash flow and capital gain over time. Which is why it is so important for any investor to build a strong investment team, not just for now, but for the long term. The goal here is for all the elements of your team to come together lik...
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The best ways to manage a difficult tenant

The daisy lady got me thinking about difficult tenants. Be a landlord long enough and you are sure to get one of those. You know the one. She takes up 90% of your time and energy making the others look like a day at the beach. She rings you at 10pm because the carpet has peeled off from the floor and leaves five voicemails in the space of an hour because everything is urgent an...
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NZS8510 - What property owners need to know about meth decontamination and detection standards for now

Standards New Zealand has, as of yesterday, published Draft Number DZ8510 - NZS8510 - Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties for public comment. Though DZ8510 is but a draft which will most certainly be altered before final publication, it is an opportunity for property investors to get insight and give feedback on the likely standard. Full text of DZ851...
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Holler Practice Note changes the rules of damage claims to the Tribunal

Following the recent Court of Appeal decision on Holler & Rouse v Osaki, the Tenancy Tribunal prepared Practice Note 2016/1 outlining, to its adjudicators, how applications relating to tenant liability for damages are to be treated from 1st August 2016. As an aside: For those who are unfamiliar with Holler, the case hinged on whether a residential tenant would be protected ...
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Health & safety post April 2016 - FAQ for landlords

The Health and Safety at Work Act came into effect on the 4th of April 2016 leaving the landlord/property management community with a lot of anxious questions. APIA Vice President Peter Lewis attended last night's HSWA training workshop presented by Worksafe New Zealand and shares the following information: Related article: Get ready. HSWA goes live soon. Q: Does the HSWA apply t...
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