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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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Can I ask if a tenant has ever stayed at the Women's Refuge?

Question from Ann: Can I ask a tenant applicant whether he/she has ever stayed at the Women's Refuge? No. We see this as contravening privacy principle 1 of the Privacy Act being that the only personal information a landlord can collect during the application stage has to be information that is necessary for the landlord to determine whether to grant to or withhold the tenancy from the... read more
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218-1 reasons for termination

This week's question comes from Kam re termination under 218-1 (paraphrased): If the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill becomes law, would landlords be able to terminate a tenancy in order to renovate the property or to put the property on the market? Conditional yes in both instances. In the case of property renovation, a 90-day notice can be issued per (s32(2)(f) if the work i... 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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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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Landlords to become criminals?

This week's question comes from Jessica re the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (paraphrased): I read somewhere that the Bill criminalises certain landlord breaches and that if we make a mistake we will become criminals. Is that true?! Great question Jessica! That said, settle down, NO. The Bill creates this concept of an infringement offence givi... read more
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How to deal with inherited tenants?

This week's question comes from Joe: I am about to settle on a property with an existing tenancy. Should I let the tenants stay? Barfoot & Thompson Property Manager Max Cameron shares his view: 'Its a bit of a complicated question, as it depends largely on the type of the property and what the current tenants are like. Chat with the current owner or P... read more
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Where does National stand on things?

This week's question comes from Barry re the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (paraphrased): What is the National Party’s position on landlords' ability to terminate with no stated reason? What is the timing for the commencement of the new law? The National Party so far has been silent on the Bill's proposal to abolish landlords' right to terminate ten... read more
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Can you test for meth yourself?

This week's question comes from Clifford (paraphrased): Is there such a thing as meth test kits? Can they be used by landlords to carry out meth tests at rental properties and are the test results valid? Yes, they are such things as meth test kits which can be used by landlords to test for the presence of meth at your rental property. You will need to meet t... read more
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The Tribunal's position on meth

This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased): Considering the inconclusiveness of what is a 'safe' level of meth presence, how would the Tenancy Tribunal decide on cases concerning the landlord's obligation to provide a safe home with respect to meth? You are right in pointing out the two competing opinions on what is considered 'safe' when it comes to traces of meth ... 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