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Unenforceable clauses

29-Jun-2021 13:11:38 Share this:

Landlords cannot write clauses into tenancy agreements that conflict with the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

Educating Tenants

29-Jun-2021 12:54:17 Share this:

At Harcourts, we take our obligations to tenants seriously and it is important that we help them to understand their responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and also understand what the landlords’ responsibilities are.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

Landlords to keep records

28-Jun-2021 13:07:28 Share this:

From 11 February 2021, the requirement for landlords to keep records has been extended to include documents related to both the tenancy and property.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Tenants

Dude, where’s my heat pump!?

03-Jun-2021 13:19:25 Share this:


From 1 July 2021, private landlords must ensure their rental property complies with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy.


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Topics: Property Management, Advice, Tenants

New Pathway to Address Anti-social Behaviour

28-May-2021 10:43:21 Share this:


The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 provides landlords with a new pathway for responding to anti-social behaviour in periodic tenancies. These changes were effective from 11 February 2021.


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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Advice, Tenants

A view on the Government’s recent moves to cool the housing market

29-Apr-2021 13:17:55 Share this:


The topic of the real estate market is always front and centre in New Zealand, but the current level of commentary, like prices, is at record levels!


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Topics: Property Management, Buying, Housing Market

Government announces range of measures impacting residential property ownership

29-Apr-2021 13:11:21 Share this:


On Tuesday 23 March 2021, the Government announced it would be implementing a range of integrated measures to accelerate the building of new houses, including freeing up build-ready land and investing in infrastructure.


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Topics: Property Management, Buying

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, Tenants

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, Health and Wellbeing

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, Home Maintenance, Home Renovations