What Alert Level 2 means for property management services?

Posted by Pam Hight on Sep 9, 2021

As the country comes out of a full lock-down, Level-2 has brought back slight normality for our property management team right across Taranaki. Things aren't back to normal by any means, however, we are now able to operate further sections of our business to help ease the stress of both landlords and tenants. As we now start to transition into Level-2 and eventually Level-1 many questions remain on how rental properties can be managed, and the landlord's responsibilities.

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Topics: Legislation & Compliance

Penalties for Healthy Homes non-compliance

Posted by Pam Hight on Aug 16, 2021

Having your investment property make money and not acquire unexpected and preventable costs is key to running a successful business. This not only relates to maintenance and repair but also legal fees and fines from non-compliance with current legislation. With the Healthy Homes requirements now in full swing, landlords have a legal obligation to comply with the Healthy Homes Standards under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. 

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Heating requirements for a rental property

Posted by Pam Hight on Jul 21, 2021

Providing a tenant with a warm and dry home will not only keep them healthy, but it is now a legal requirement. Clearer heating specifications were outlined when the government introduced the Healthy Homes Standards, which became law on the 1st of July 2019, although there is phased implementation. These standards were put in place to help set minimum living conditions across all rental properties New Zealand wide and, in many cases, need to be in place or planned for now.

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Renovating your rental while you have tenants

Posted by Pam Hight on Jun 17, 2021

Renovating an investment property can make your property more appealing for tenants, but might also be essential to meet Healthy Homes standards. However, if you’re planning on remodelling or upgrading your rental property when tenanted, you may find that your tenant may need to move out. 

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Residential Tenancies Act, what has really changed?

Posted by Pam Hight on Mar 16, 2021

When the government announced the proposed amendments to the residential tenancies act,  a few eyebrows were raised by a number of landlords, as the changes seemed to further burden the landlord, especially as the costs of Healthy Homes compliance are still being felt.

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What changes to rental properties are coming in 2021

Posted by Pam Hight on Dec 17, 2020

2021 is a big year for both landlords and tenants with several changes to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act being implemented. The reason for these changes is partly due to the increase in the number of people renting in New Zealand, the proportion of households that are rented has increased from 23% in 1991 to 32% in 2020.

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How COVID-19 is affecting rental properties

Posted by Pam Hight on Apr 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event that is creating an understandably difficult and overwhelming time for many. With the closure of schools, businesses and many people finding their lives turned upside down in this new norm it is undoubtedly a challenging and frightening time for property owners and tenants alike.

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Topics: Legislation & Compliance

The Healthy Homes standards explained and why it is needed

Posted by Pam Hight on Mar 17, 2020

If you own a rental investment then you are sure to have heard of the Healthy Homes standards which passed into law on the 1st July 2019. The governments reasoning for the standards was to stop the rising number of rental homes that were maintained at a poor standard and to help the increasing number of families being admitted to hospitals every year around New Zealand with preventable illnesses caused by poor housing conditions. As we spend a lot of our time in our homes, the quality of housing and the indoor living environment is an essential component of our health and well-being.

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What changes are coming to rental properties in 2020?

Posted by Pam Hight on Jan 20, 2020

What actions you take as a landlord in 2020 are dictated by several laws that are set by the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. These also include the minimum requirements you must meet when it comes to the Healthy Homes Standards, with the aim to increase the quality of rental accommodation available across New Zealand.

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Healthy Homes Standards: What this means for landlords

Posted by Pam Hight on Jul 15, 2019

The Healthy Homes legislation has been released by the government and aims to increase the quality of rental accommodation across New Zealand. It is doing so by making certain standards a minimum legal requirement for landlords to meet. The properties we manage are all now insulated making them compliant to the standard required at this point in time, but we wanted to share the updated standards that all rentals must meet so that anyone managing their own rental has the information needed to ensure they comply with the new laws before the deadlines.

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