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Is a shower dome HHS friendly?

This week's question comes from Matt (paraphrased): The HHS requires that there be an externally vented extractor fan to be placed in the bathroom. What if there is a shower dome in place so that condensation is not a problem? A shower dome does not qualify as an exemption for the HHS ventilation standards. You are still bound to install an externally ventilated extractor fa... read more
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HHS Compliance #2: Insulation requirements at a glance

Welcome back to Part 2 to our Healthy Homes Standards Compliance Series. After covering heating last week, let's turn our attention to insulation. Landlords will be well aware that there are the 2016 Minimum Standards for insulation to be met by 1 July 2019. The HHS Insulation Standards go a step further to require there to be qualifying ceiling and underfloor insulation to the 2008 b... read more
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HHS heating standards for tenants on Globug

This week's question comes from Helen (paraphrased): It appears that Fujitsu NZ does not recommend installing its heat pumps at properties that are on Globug (Globug is a prepaid power service that connects and disconnects power in between account top-ups) as recurring connection followed by disconnection can damage the hardware. My tenant is on Globug, what should I do about the Healt... read more
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HHS Compliance #1: Heating requirements at a glance

Welcome to our Healthy Homes Standards Compliance Series. In light of this week's rollout of the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 ("the Regulations"), we will be releasing weekly resources to help landlord comply with these Healthy Homes Standards ("HHS"). There will be a mix of compliance guides, best practice protocols, link pooling, FAQs, video expla... read more
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Peter Lewis: On the shortage of residential rentals

All the heat, light and thunder of the Capital Gains Tax controversy has faded away into the sunset, leaving only the whimpering and much disillusioned harping from the Green Party faithful in its wake. Fortunately, I did not devote too much of my time to agitating against the proposals as it seemed evident to me that the whole exercise was a political ploy with the usually predet... read more
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Unconventional ways to increase rent

This week's question comes from John (paraphrased): With respect to rent increases can you: 1. Give notice for two or more phased increases e.g. rather than one notice for $20 increase in 60 days give one notice for two $10 increase, one in 60 days and another in 240 days)? 2. Have as a condition in the tenancy agreement to increase the rent by $x per head for any additional... read more
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Kelvin Davidson: The tax ring-fence is unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour

From April 1st the tax ring-fence for rental property losses needs to be accounted for by investors. It is currently going through the ‘bill to law’ process, which starts with a select committee and then ends up before Parliament for the final stage. In other words, although it’s not law just yet, it looks pretty likely to pass and once approved will apply to the current tax year (end... read more
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More roadblocks to ringfencing?

This week's question comes from Tania (paraphrased): Now that submissions have closed for ring-fencing, what happens next? Is there anything else investors can do to stop it from becoming law? Andrew King from the New Zealand Property Investors' Federation kindly replies below: Public submissions on ring-fencing have closed, so our opportunity to have input into the matter has of... read more
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Kristine King: A 101 on Rent-to-Buy

Rent to buy can be an option to purchase a home when you are not in a position to borrow from a bank and purchase on the open market. However, there are several issues that vendors and purchasers should consider. Securing the Purchaser’s Occupancy The purchaser has a beneficial interest in the property, which gives them a right to caveat the title to the propert... read more
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How safe is Google Drive for storing banking and investment documents?

This week's question comes from Alex (paraphrased): Is it safe to use Google Drive to store all of my banking and tenancy/investment documents? How often should I change my password? Vijay Nyayapati from Redbrick Technology Limited kindly responds below: Google Drive has been strong on security, provided you follow their recommendations such as having strong passwor... 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