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Covid-19: Some tips for landlords to manage rent arrears

It should come as no surprise to anyone that over the last two weeks, most of the inquiries we have received from landlords concern rent. More specifically, arrears. Our responses to each of these inquiries largely reflect the following: 1. Get yourself sorted It has been made abundantly clear to APIA members that in times like this, cash-flow is king. Take a good look at your cash... read more
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Covid-19: Should you continue to issue 14-day notices

Many landlords are understandably worried after stories like this emerged in the media over the last two weeks. On the one hand, landlords, by and large, understand renting is a human business. On the other hand, many landlords are frustrated by being excluded from most of the government's relief packages in light of Covid-19. Not to mention, rent arrear is a risk that is very pres... read more
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Covid-19: Mortgage holidays

A what-do-we-know-what-don't-we-know about mortgage holidays so far: Debt-deferral, not debt-forgiveness: Interest will continue to accrue for the duration of the 'holiday'; More information to come: Most banks have signaled that more information/firmed up packages will be announced the week of 30th March; Packages designed more for owner-occupiers rather than investors: Inves... read more
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Level 4: Socialise reliefs, privatise solutions

Jeff Bezos said earlier this week that there is 'no instruction manual for how to feel at a time like this' and he is exactly right. There is still a lot to learn and unpack about Covid-19, Level 4 and what all of this means to each and every single one of us. So, for the time being, give yourself a pass to feel what you feel. We are not here to tell you what is normal. What we are he... read more
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Covid-19: Temporary rent reduction

Strange times have the tendency of throwing up unexpected challenges and these are certainly strange times. We are only starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As to how the next few weeks or even months will unfold, it is simply too early to tell. For the time being, we encourage landlords to take stock in order to have a good understanding of your various rental inco... read more
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Sandra has a problem

Sandra has a problem. Sandra and her husband Terry live in a small house down a private right-of-way. They have been there for a few years, and like the location. It is handy to Terry’s work, and Sandra can easily catch the bus to her part-time job as a teacher aide. The neighbouring house on the road frontage is a rental, and some months ago new tenants moved in. Altho... read more
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How to deal with your tenants break up?

Sometimes, tenants who jointly sign a tenancy agreement may decide to part ways. When that happens, you would expect at least one of the two to move out of the renta. If one tenant chooses to stay on, how do you handle the tenancy? You have two options: In the case of either a fixed term or periodic tenancy: It is on the exiting tenant to obtain a written agreement signed ... read more
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Property inspection - the 2019 way!

Recent changes to the tenancy law have certainly put a whole new spin on the way landlords manage the risks associated with renting out residential properties. As the rental industry comes to terms with the full effects of these changes, experienced landlords and top-notch property managers are busy developing new best-practice models in order to continue growing their rent roll ... read more
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You want to test for meth but your tenant says 'No'

Landlords can now enter onto the property* to test for meth contamination. The latest amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act gives landlords the right to enter onto the property to test for meth contamination provided that the following s48(ba) conditions are met: That a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of 14 days notice has been given to the tenant advising the reason for ent... read more
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Rumour has it...

Landlords are, understandably, feeling vindicated and excited about the RTAA 2019 which now makes tenants liable (up to a certain extent) for carelessly damaging the property. But Parliament being Parliament, its legislative language leaves much to be desired. It should come as no surprise then that various hot-takes arrived at different conclusions as to exactly how will the tenants be ... 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