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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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Bonds: the new forms, data process and mistakes to avoid

Early this month, Tenancy Services released new versions of its bond forms. We have a quick chat with Allan Galloway, MBIE National Manager of Dispute Resolution about the new forms, how they improve on the bond process, common bond related mistakes and how to avoid them. Q: Tenancy Services recently revised its various bond forms. Are the new forms intended to improve the internal... 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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What is your policy?

During our everyday lives, we all need to interact with many businesses, some large and some small. As such, we will have invariably come across statements such as “Our policy is . . .” and “In order to comply with our policy, you must . . .” From the point of view of the organisation you are dealing with, this is good business practice. By pre-establishing a set of specific policie... read more
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Peter Lewis: Is residential landlording a business?

The genesis of the New Zealand Labour Party lies in the gritty, grimy and muscular blue-collar labourers who worked long grueling hours in the mines, the factories and on the wharves. Armed with quite genuine grievances and fired with visions of a just and fair society they achieved political power by the 1930s and then propelled a number of their own colleagues into Parliament. Des... read more
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Peter Lewis: What landlords need to know about meth contamination

There has been a lot of confusion and debate about acceptable standards of methamphetamine contamination in rental housing. When the problem first surfaced, it was generally held that any level of meth in a property was a breach of the landlord’s requirement to provide a clean and safe house at the start of the tenancy. Several Tenancy Tribunal rulings at that time imposed large ... read more
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The thing about "no-cause" termination ...

Currently, hot news in the property world right now are the proposals to ‘reform’ the Residential Tenancies Act. A number of changes to this Act are under consideration, and of these changes, the "no cause" clause is likely to be the most problematic for landlords. The publicity around this proposal is – possibly deliberately – biased. There is actually no such thing as a “no cau... read more
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Suzanne Colson: Short-term tenants and insurance

If you plan on renting out a room or your house to short-term tenants, there are some things you need to consider. One of the most important is how it will affect your insurance cover. Non-Disclosure Failing to tell your insurance company about the change in occupancy could result in non-disclosure; which in turn could result in non-payment of a claim. Make sure you let your insurer k... read more
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A broken heater lead to a $2250 fine

By now, APIA landlords should be well aware of the 1947 Housing Improvement Regulations (HIR) and how it relates to s45 of the Residential Tenancies Act. The Tribunal, historically, has certainly not shied away from enforcing elements of the HIR especially as it relates to dampness. Increasingly, however, we are seeing it being relied on in decisions pertaining to deficient heating. For... read more
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How to set rent?

Setting your rent can be a bit of a Goldilocks Paradox: charge too much, you turn off inquiries; charge too little, you compromise the performance of your property. The right amount of rent will not only help you attract the right types of tenants, it also ensures the continued success of your rental portfolio. We asked five APIA investors to share their rent strategies and elab... 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