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Giving notice to end a tenancy

24-Feb-2022 10:30:00 Share this:

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act took effect on 11 February 2021 and changed the law on notice periods and reasons for ending a tenancy.

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing

Updating the Healthy Homes Standards

26-Jan-2022 14:30:00 Share this:

In response to rental sector feedback, the Government has agreed to amend the Healthy Homes Standards and its heating requirements for rental properties to reflect the higher thermal performance of new homes built to the 2008 building code requirements for insulation and glazing and apartments.

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing

Healthy Homes Standards Heating Up

26-Feb-2021 10:26:09 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, Health and Wellbeing

Healthy Homes Deadline

26-Jan-2021 14:00:00 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, Health and Wellbeing

Strategies for heating open plan areas

28-Oct-2020 14:00:00 Share this:


In New Zealand, we love open plan living which eliminates barriers such as walls and doors that traditionally separated distinct functional areas. The flow that open plan living provides is well espoused by real estate agents as a highly sought-after feature of a property, unless you are trying to comply with the healthy homes heating standard.

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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Health and Wellbeing

Low-value asset threshold for depreciation

28-Oct-2020 10:05:14 Share this:


The Government passed legislation in March 2020 that temporarily increased the low-value asset threshold for depreciation from $500 to $5,000.

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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Health and Wellbeing, legislation

How Covid-19 is changing what we need and want from our homes

29-Sep-2020 14:31:53 Share this:


During this year’s lockdown, as our homes became ‘our castles’, many of us started to pay more attention to our surroundings.

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Topics: Rural & Lifestyle Properties, Residential, home improvements, Home Maintenance, Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19, Working from home

Working from home: Be careful what you wish for

16-Apr-2020 10:00:49 Share this:

Many of us dream of working from home. Wouldn’t it be great to jump out of bed in your pyjamas to grab a cup of coffee before returning to read your emails? Well, for those of us who have been “living the dream” during lockdown, the reality can be quite different. So how do we adapt and even thrive in this new work environment?

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing, Home Tips, COVID-19, Working from home

Keep motivated with virtual fitness

07-Apr-2020 15:18:52 Share this:

Five free ways to keep body and mind healthy.

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Topics: Family, Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19, Motivation, Fitness

Happy mind, happy life

28-Mar-2020 15:55:10 Share this:

Top tips for your mind’s health and well-being.

We humans are social beings, and as more and more of us face the prospects of physical distancing or quarantine we need to ensure we remain healthy and happy.

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19, Working from home, Active lifestyle