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Strategies for heating open plan areas

28-Oct-2020 11:00:00 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, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, health and safety, Advice for Landlords

Low-value asset threshold for depreciation

28-Oct-2020 07:05:14 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, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, legislation, health and safety, Advice for Landlords

Healthy homes standards assessments and making a plan

28-Sep-2020 12:07:07 Share this:

Did you know that if you have not had your rental property assessed for its current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards and it becomes vacant, you will not be able to re-tenant the property until you do? That will be the case from 1 December 2020.


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Topics: Property Management, Residential, Landlords, New Zealand, Property Management Focus, Advice for Landlords

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 what is meant by unreasonable gaps

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