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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

Help us protect tenants, landlords & property managers

29-Oct-2019 05:31:49 Share this:

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the OECD that does not regulate its property managers. Property managers are the gatekeepers of housing for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable residents.

With home ownership at its lowest level in 60 years and the demand for rentals increasing, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is calling on the Government to formally review the need to regulate the property management industry, including public consultation, and announce its recommendations for reform before the 2020 election. Harcourts fully supports this initiative
by REINZ.


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Topics: Industry Update, Property Management, Landlords, Tenants, Property Manager

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2)

23-Aug-2019 06:38:15 Share this:

New tenancy legislation was passed on 30 July 2019 which will affect landlords and tenants. These changes take effect on 27 August 2019. The bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) and addresses tenant liability for damage, unlawful residential premises and contamination of rental properties.


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Topics: Industry Update, Property Management, legislation

Building wealth through property investment

26-Jun-2019 06:28:11 Share this:

Owning property is an excellent way to build wealth. Historically, property has been a less volatile investment with real estate values invariably tracking upwards over time. What’s more, you have the added benefit of being able to “leverage” your existing real estate investment to buy an investment property using borrowed money and grow your property portfolio even further.


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Topics: Industry Update, Property Management, Property Management Focus

Landlords and Property Managers: We are in this together – Exemplary Damages

31-May-2019 07:30:00 Share this:

In recent Tenancy Tribunal cases, adjudicators have awarded exemplary damages against both landlords and property managers when there has been a failure to provide and maintain premises in a reasonable state of repair. This will be extended to include failure to meet the new insulation standards from 1st July 2019.


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Topics: Industry Update, Property Management, Property Manager, Harcourts Property Manager