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The Government wants to ring-fence rental losses. What can you do about it?

Make a submission of course! Let's be clear. At the time of this piece, ring-fencing is not a done deal. There is still time to push back and affect the Government's legislative agenda. Submission on this issue closes 28th February 2019. It is our opinion that, in its present form, the proposal will have far-reaching consequences many of which are unfavourable to investors, their tenants... read more
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Can your tenant trespass you from your rental property?

This week's question comes from Barry (paraphrased): An impending termination has gone sour; the tenant is now threatening to issue me with a trespass notice barring me from entering onto the rental property. Can he do that? Our response: The short answer is yes. In general, the rules of trespass is covered by the Trespass Act 1980 ("the Act"). The Act itself protects anyone who lawful... read more
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How much will the TCIT tell you?

We recently covered the oversight power of the Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team ("TCIT"). In the course of posting that information, we thought it helpful to drill down into the level of disclosure a landlord/property manager is to expect if he/she is to become a subject of the TCIT's investigation. No mental arithmetic or theoretical acrobatics necessary. It is easier to jus... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Why it is never too late to start investing in property

Starting early definitely helps – when it comes to any kind of investing. Time is an investor’s best friend. Remember what Einstein said about compounding? That being said, it’s never too late to start today. There is a Chinese Proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Investing is much the same. Focussing on what you didn’t do when... read more
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Can Tenancy Services lawfully request information about my rental?

This week's question comes from Alan (paraphrased): Tenancy Services recently sent me an information request for details of insulation at one of my rentals. Are they have the right to that information? Our response: The short answer is yes. The authority to audit rests with the Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team ("TCIT") that is part of Tenancy Services. In fact, we are aware of... read more
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Peter Lewis: Even old dogs can learn new tricks

Long ago, when I first became a landlord, there was no Facebook, no chat groups, and communication between landlords was minimal. Learning to run a residential rental was similar to learning to ride a bicycle – trial and error at the cost of scraped knees and bruised knuckles. I fell down, got fleeced, swindled, and defrauded. But somehow I survived. However, life is ... read more
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Peter Lewis: Insurer's duck-and-dive move can spell disaster for landlords and tenants

The basic principles of property insurance are relatively simple. Let us say that there are 100 houses in a town, and looking back over many years we find each year one of those houses burns down and then must be rebuilt at the owner’s cost. So each owner faces a one-in-a-hundred chance of incurring that expense. Of course, at 1% those odds are reasonably good, but if you are unlucky ... read more
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Am I running a boarding house?

This week's question comes from Sue (paraphrased): I am renting out a property that has six bedrooms. For the purpose of the Residential Tenancies Act, is it irrefutably a boarding house or can it be a normal residential rental? Our response: To answer this question, we first look at the definitions of both boarding house and boarding house tenancy per the Residential Tenancies Act (... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What can you do if you bought at the top of the market?

This is a question that often troubles people, as they are unsure about how to proceed from here in terms of maintaining and/or growing their property portfolio further. I think some key things need to be considered: What did you actually buy? This is important to know because it will help you determine whether to hold or sell. Did you buy something in a likely high-growth or low-growth a... read more
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How to streamline Watercare admin?

This week's question comes from Glen (paraphrased): Our property management company has advised that we have to keep our rental's Watercare account in our own name because we are still responsible for the fixed-charge. Is that correct? Isn't that a lot of extra hassle now that we have to collect variable charges from tenants? Our response: Your property manager is quite correct insofar ... read more

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Mathieu Holt- Managing Director, The Tenancy Practice Service & TPS Credit Control
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