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2020 – when change is our only constant

30-Jul-2020 16:18:55 Share this:

The period leading up to making a decision regarding buying or selling property is always a time flooded with competing and conflicting information and opinions being promoted by seemingly qualified individuals and outlets. Who is right and who is wrong and who do we believe, are questions we all ask.


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Topics: property focus, Buying selling real estate, COVID-19

How to make serious savings on foreign exchange when buying or selling property

30-Jul-2020 16:18:35 Share this:

COVID-19 has seen a record number of New Zealanders looking to return home and a big increase in overseas enquiries from those interested in owning a slice of Aotearoa. But moving countries can be stressful at the best of times, so how do you minimise the stress, complexity and cost?


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Topics: property focus, saving tips, foreign exchange, COVID-19, TorFX

Blocking open fireplaces and understanding definitions

30-Jul-2020 11:43:16 Share this:

The healthy homes draught stopping standard states that any unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors that are not necessary must be blocked. So, what is meant by unreasonable?


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Topics: Property Management, Tenants, Property Management Focus

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill reaches second reading

30-Jul-2020 11:42:17 Share this:

The Social Services and Community Committee (Select Committee) reported back to Parliament with their recommendations on the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Tenants, Property Management Focus

Healthy Homes Compliance Statements – DIY or Professional Report?

30-Jun-2020 07:48:14 Share this:

The deadline for the Healthy Homes Compliance Statement has been extended to 1 December, but even with the extension, landlords must continue to collect the information required with urgency in order to complete the compliance statement for all rental properties and make a plan to meet the standards.


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Topics: Property Management, DIY, Property Management Focus, compliance

REINZ succeeds in campaigning for Healthy Homes deadline extension

30-Jun-2020 07:45:12 Share this:

After months of lobbying the Associate Minister and officials for an extension to the 1 July Healthy Homes deadline, we are delighted to advise that REINZ has been successful in their campaign and the Minister has confirmed that the Compliance Statement deadline has been pushed out until 1 December 2020.


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Topics: Property Management, REINZ, Property Management Focus

Tenancy Termination Restrictions End

30-Jun-2020 07:41:02 Share this:

The emergency provisions relating to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 came to an end on 25 June 2020. This means that the usual termination rules apply from 26 June 2020.


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Topics: Property Management, Tenants, Property Management Focus

Online stock auctions: the pros and cons of going virtual

05-Jun-2020 09:54:41 Share this:

While the virtual world can never replicate the in-person experience, at a time when social distancing is the new normal, auctions have proven to be an effective method of selling everything from hand sanitiser to homes.


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Topics: Rural, Advice, Auction, Rural market, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, Online Auction

Healthy homes compliance date – 1 July 2020

28-May-2020 10:55:22 Share this:



From 1 July 2020 landlords must include a statement of their current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement.


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Topics: Renting, Rental Property, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Corona Virus, COVID-19

Alert Level 2 – Business as usual (almost)

28-May-2020 10:42:06 Share this:



Alert Level 2 has meant the easing of restrictions and a return to business as usual for our property managers, with some changes:


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Topics: New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Corona Virus, COVID-19