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HHS: Can landlords self-inspect?

Question from Mark: Can landlords complete our own HHS inspection? My property manager says only third party inspectors can. Legally there is no restriction on who can or cannot inspect the current level of HHS compliance at a rental property. Landlords can certainly self-inspect and many do. However, some property management companies, for very good reasons (business process and sta... read more
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Heat pumps in apartments?

Question from Andrew: As an apartment owner I own the interior of the apartment envelope, the carpark (if I have one) and mail box but the common areas and exterior cladding is owned, managed and maintained by the Body Corporate. The way I read clause 3 below as most, if not all owners of apartments won’t own the exterior cladding (owned by the Body Corporate) this gives an exemption for ... read more
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Shhh! Heat pump breaches quiet enjoyment?

An APIA members’ recent endeavour to comply with the HHS heating standards brought a couple of issues to the forefront that are worth unpacking here. Her experience in brief: She owns a block of three adjoining flats and made inquiries with a heat pump installer (with whom she has an existing working relationship with) about putting heat pumps into all three units. The installer assessed ... read more
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Raewyn Stanaway: How to 'winter-proof' your tenancy

The last thing any landlord wants is their tenant moving out in the middle of winter because they find the property cold or damp. Your chances of re renting a cold property quickly at that time of year will be very difficult. Warm and comfortable homes are more appealing and will attract and keep good long term tenants. You will be aware of the Healthy Homes Standards that became law on 1... read more
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Wall insulation? No idea. 🤷‍♀️

This week's question comes from Phoebe re the HHS compliance statements (paraphrased): Tenancy Services' template HHS Compliance Statement has a section on Wall Insulation. I see that I am only required to disclose the information 'if it's known' but the 'I don't know' option seems to require some explanation for not knowing. How do I prove something I couldn't know? Do I need to buy a prop... read more
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HHS Heat pumps: A Q&A with Tim Fawdray

Given predictable increase in activities in the heat pump market (the season, HHS compliance deadline and the lockdown being behind us 🤞🏻), we've gotten together with Tim Fawdray, Managing Director of Varcoe, to tackle some of the common issues landlords face when purchasing a heat pump: Q. The heating assessment tool is only telling insofar as what the required heating capacity is for a ... read more
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Steve Hegh: Tips for Getting a Healthy Homes Assessment of Your Rental Property

It’s time to make sure your rental properties are up to the Healthy Homes Standards. There were rumours that the Healthy Homes deadlines might be changed, but that hasn’t happened. So, the deadline is still 1 July for including a statement of your property’s current level of compliance with the Healthy Homes Standards in any new, renewed or varied tenancy agreement. The... read more
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Steve Hegh: I have $20K to spend on Healthy Homes, how do I get the most bang out of my buck?

The Healthy Home Standards became law last year, and the first deadline is coming up on 1 July – where you must include a statement of your current level of compliance in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement. Then, by 1 July 2021, you must be compliant within 90 days for any new tenancies. So, if you have a budget of $20k to spend on making your property a healthy home, how shou... read more
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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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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.  

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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!

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