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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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Peter Lewis: VP²

At its latest Executive Meeting, the New Zealand Property Investors' Federation ("the NZPIF" or "the Federation") appointed our very own Peter Lewis as its Vice President. Being both the Vice President of the APIA as well as the NZPIF puts Peter in a unique perspective of issues facing investors both locally and nationwide. We managed to grab a few minutes from Peter's busy sch... read more
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What is 'reasonable' post-letting fee?

So, no more letting fees as of today. Our expectation is that most landlords will bear the cost of letting. That said, there are still other costs relating to the assignment of a tenancy that the amendment has stayed silent on. Tenancy Services has put out a statement advising that "landlords and agents can still recover expenses reasonably incurred from a tenant if they wish ... read more
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Landlord Q&A - Extending lease on rental being used for business purposes

I have a fixed-term tenant who is using the (residential) rental as a massage clinic. Now that the fixed-term is over, the tenant is requesting for another two years of fixed-term tenancy. I read from the template tenancy agreement that the property has to be used principally for residential purposes. That is not the case here. I do want to keep her as a tenant. If I sign... read more
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Landlord Q&A - Health and safety policy requirements for landlords

We are landlords of both commercial and residential properties and have been advised that we are required to have a Health And Safety Policy And Plan. Is that correct? If so, what should the policy/plan cover? Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (“Act”) commercial landlords and (at times) residential landlords are Persons Conducting a Business or Undertak... read more
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Building Q&A - Building contracts

I am building a home first time and needed advice on the contracts that builders will sign since I hear that builders hardly ever sign much and that contracts are weak in terms of getting good quality / trustworthy service to completion. Can you tell me if they will sign sundowner clauses, a penalty clause for time and cost overrun? Also, will they agree to receive the last 5%... read more
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Landlord Q&A - Extra Airbnb income for landlords?

If a landlord’s consent is being sought for the tenant to sublet the property to Airbnb guests and in return for the consent the tenant offers a percentage of the Airbnb earnings, could the landlord legally accept that offer under the RTA? Interestingly, the Tenancy Tribunal has recently ruled that Airbnb is subletting and so the tenant requires the owner’s written cons... read more
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Landlording Q&A - Should I give a written reference?

My out-going tenant is requesting a reference in writing. Should I give it? Landlords are not under any legal obligation to give their tenants references. When you act as a referee for an ex-tenant, you do so out of goodwill. Should you give your reference in writing? You are, of course, free to do so but we recommend that you do not. Giving reference is such a ... read more
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Conveyancing Q&A - Long settlements

In this week's Conveyancing Q&A, Hilary Jenkins covers issues relating to long settlements. I am negotiating on a property where the vendor is asking for a long settlement (12 months) for selling at below market value. I don’t mind the long settlement but anything can happen in the next 12 months that can significantly change the deal for me. What are some of... read more
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Conveyancing Q&A - Vendor demands more money before settlement

In this week's Conveyancing Q&A, Hilary Jenkins talks about property sharing agreements. I am about to settle on a house. The agreement is now unconditional. The vendor is leaving the country immediately after settlement and has now told my solicitor that unless I pay an extra $7,000 to purchase all the chattels off her she will instruct her solicitor not to settle. D... 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