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Raewyn Stanaway: Residential property investing - new builds vs existing

There are lots of options available when looking to invest in residential property and one consideration is whether to buy an existing property or a ‘new build’. With the current RTA and Healthy Homes legislation, there is indeed a lot to think about. Existing Homes Unless you are buying an existing house that is already 100% compliant with current legislation, or wish to do any work re... read more
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Tenant requesting permission to occupy after termination

This week's question comes from Maggie: I issued a 90-day notice for termination on 5th November. The tenants have asked if they can stay longer as they can’t find a home. I still want to terminate but am flexible with the date of exit. I gave notice in this instance as these are not tenants I want once the RTAA2020 termination rules come into effect. What’s my position if I allow them to ... read more
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Affidavits and witness testimony necessary to substantiate an anti-social behaviour claim

RE early termination for severe hardship on account of the tenant’s persistent anti-social behaviour Landlords should not presume to be able to rely on letters or unsworn statements to substantiate an anti-social claim. Background in brief The tenancy in question is a single occupant fixed term tenancy at an Auckland CBD apartment. The building is controlled by a body corporate and employ... read more
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Don't take legal advice from RE agents

Here is a reminder not to allow the property professional you work stray out of his lane: An APIA member recently bought a property with a tenant in situ. She did not require vacant possession and was quite prepared to keep the existing tenant on the property. Like most reasonable buyers, this member asked for a copy of the tenancy agreement, rent and management records. Nei... read more
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Claiming meth testing cost from the tenant

The recent publication of Brooking v Imrie [2020] NZTT Timaru 4216438 gives some insight, albeit sketchy, into what the Tribunal looks for when ordering a tenant to compensate the landlord for meth testing. The facts This is a cross-application case concerning a periodic tenancy from July 2017 to October 2019. The circumstance of the tenant’s exit was somewhat unusual. The ... read more
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Can tenant be reimbursed for piped water when the water tank fails?

This week's question comes from Anonymous: My tenant (from 2016 to 2020) has made a Tribunal application against me. She is claiming, among other things, reimbursement of water rates due to the roof and gutters not being cleaned rendering the water tank unusable. Is that a valid claim? Without further information, we assume the following: That the property has both reticulated water... read more
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Can HHS ventilation ducting be merged?

This week's question comes from Lara: My rental has a bathroom right next to the kitchen. Can the ducting of the bathroom extractor and kitchen extractor be joined and vented out of the house together for HHS ventilation purposes? Yes, so long as both extractor fans meet the size/capacity requirement (i.e. >150 mm diameter/exhaust capacity > 50 litres per second for anything ins... read more
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HHS heating to be installed right now?

Question from Janak: Do I have to provide heat pumps right now before a property manager can rent out my unit? My property manager says heat pumps are needed before they can advertise and rent out the property. Your question goes to how the compliance deadline interacts with the terms of your management authority: All private rentals must comply with the heating standard within 90 day... read more
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Is GST payable on all the properties held by a trading entity?

This week's question comes from long-time APIA member Mary M and the answer is kindly provided by Amanda Watt of Shortland Chartered Accountants. The answer is intended to be for general information only and not tax advice. We have a GST registered property entity set up initially for trading. If that entity is holding more than one property and not all of them are for trading, do we... read more
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All for the kids

This week's question comes from long-time APIA member Hari K and the answer is kindly provided by Kristine King of DK Law. The answer is intended to be for general information only and not legal advice. If the rental properties are held by a trust with the parents being trustees, what is the best way to ensure that all the children get equal shares of the portfolio after the parents pas... read more

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Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

Janice Bieleski
I read two articles in the monthly magazine that saved me over $5,000. That is my membership fee for the next 26 years and I am sure I will learn a whole lot more! John Duncan
Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

Thanks to all APIA event organizers and administrators for your brilliant work. 

Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

My APIA membership has become a total success.

Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

Talk about value for money! The discounts I have been getting at Bunnings when I present my APIA membership card have more than paid for my annual subscription!

Tim Duffett, Plan A Investments Limited