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RTA Amendment Bill Passed

28-Aug-2020 13:34:06 Share this:

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (RTA) has been passed into law with most changes coming into effect six months after receiving the Royal Assent on 11th August 2020.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Tenants, Property Management Focus, harcourts new zealand

Harcourts Property Management COVID-19 Response

28-Aug-2020 13:21:37 Share this:

COVID-19 has returned to New Zealand, and whilst this is disappointing, your Harcourts property manager is prepared for any challenges that the various alert levels create.


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Topics: Property Management, Property Management Focus, harcourts new zealand, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Lockdown 2020

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

Tenancy Services Announcement - 25 March 2020

30-Mar-2020 06:07:45 Share this:

The Minister of Finance announced on 23 March 2020 a freeze of rent increases and an extension of no-clause terminations. This has applied as law through the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Amendment Act. 


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Topics: Property Management, Tenants, Property Management Focus

Property maintenance - it's good for business

30-Jan-2020 09:16:02 Share this:

The new year is a great time to start planning for the year ahead and it's necessary if you're going to meet your obligations under the healthy homes standards. The July 2020 compliance date is less than six months away when you will need to know (and disclose) your current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards.


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Topics: Property Management, Renting, Landlords, Tenants, Property Management Focus, Property Manager, Harcourts Property Manager

Reasonably clean – is it clean enough?

03-Dec-2019 06:00:00 Share this:

The word ‘reasonable’ is found throughout the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 but this can be difficult to navigate because one person’s interpretation of ‘reasonable’ is not the same as another’s. One area that has proven troublesome for landlords and tenants is to establish what is ‘reasonably clean and tidy’ when it comes to vacating a property.


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Topics: Property Management, Renting, Advice