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Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

26-Feb-2021 08:14:01 Share this:

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Fixed-term Tenancies

There has been a lot of media attention on the property management industry as most of the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 came into effect on 11 February 2021. Unfortunately, as with any change, there has been some misinformation circulating.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Property Tips, New Zealand, Tenants, Property Management Focus

Healthy Homes Standards Heating Up

26-Feb-2021 07:26:09 Share this:



Did you know that the Housing Improvement Regulations Act 1947 states that: ‘Every living room must be fitted with a fireplace and chimney or other approved form of heating?’


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Topics: Property Management, Property Tips, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Health and Wellbeing, health and safety

Making Minor Changes to the Property

26-Feb-2021 07:09:39 Share this:



This change to the Residential Tenancies Act provides clarity on what a minor change is and sets the process for a tenant requesting a minor change, a landlord consenting to the request, and reinstatement at the end of the tenancy.


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Topics: Property Management, Property Tips, DIY, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Rental Property Renovations

2020 ends on a positive note

12-Feb-2021 12:30:00 Share this:



REINZ data released in January 2021 show that 1,462 farms were sold in the year to December 2020, 15.6% more than were sold in the year to December 2019, with 26.2% more Dairy farms, 9.6% less Grazing farms, 32.0% more Finishing farms and 23.8% less Arable farms sold over the same period.


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Topics: New Zealand, REINZ, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, climate, Lifestyle and rural property, farm

Livestock numbers under the microscope

12-Feb-2021 12:00:00 Share this:



The recently released Climate Change Commission Report highlighted that under current government policies, New Zealand will not achieve the Government’s target of being Zero Carbon by 2050.


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Topics: New Zealand, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus, climate, Lifestyle and rural property, livestock

What does 2021 hold for the property market?

05-Feb-2021 05:30:00 Share this:



2020 was anything but predictable and most of the “experts” who speculated on what the property market would do were left with egg on their faces. In this issue, Bryan Thomson, Managing Director of Harcourts New Zealand, reflects on the year that Covid-19 hit
our shores and the factors driving the property market in 2021.


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Topics: Property Tips, New Zealand, Property, property focus, new zealand property, buying property, NZ Property Market

Healthy Homes Deadline

26-Jan-2021 11:00:00 Share this:



The 1 July 2021 deadline is now only a few months away. This is the date that residential rental properties must comply with the Healthy Homes Standards, within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Renting, Rental Property, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Health and Wellbeing, Harcourts Property Manager

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 - Summary of Changes

26-Jan-2021 07:06:11 Share this:



Landlords and tenants need to understand the recent changes to tenancy law and how this will affect them.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Renting, Rental Property, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Harcourts Property Manager

Going Green

14-Dec-2020 12:56:58 Share this:

 

Whether you’re staging your home or not, house plants are a wonderful way to transform the rooms of your home. Adding greenery not only injects colour and structure into a space, it also creates a sense of relaxation and boosts mood. Plants can even reduce noise levels and improve air quality, so with all that going for them, what’s holding you back?


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Topics: DIY, New Zealand, Decoration, property focus, Home Decor & Furnishing

Want to keep the “staged look” until the house is sold?

14-Dec-2020 12:52:22 Share this:

 

Home staging is all about selling the feeling of a home to prospective buyers, but living in a staged home can be a little inconvenient. Here are some steps you can take to make your life easier during the selling process.


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Topics: DIY, New Zealand, property focus, Home Decor & Furnishing, Lifestyle Finance