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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

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

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

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