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Peter Lewis: Insurer's duck-and-dive move can spell disaster for landlords and tenants

The basic principles of property insurance are relatively simple. Let us say that there are 100 houses in a town, and looking back over many years we find each year one of those houses burns down and then must be rebuilt at the owner’s cost. So each owner faces a one-in-a-hundred chance of incurring that expense. Of course, at 1% those odds are reasonably good, but if you are unlucky ... read more
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Am I running a boarding house?

This week's question comes from Sue (paraphrased): I am renting out a property that has six bedrooms. For the purpose of the Residential Tenancies Act, is it irrefutably a boarding house or can it be a normal residential rental? Our response: To answer this question, we first look at the definitions of both boarding house and boarding house tenancy per the Residential Tenancies Act (... 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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A landlord's guide to making RTA reform and HHGA submissions (updated)

There are two pieces of law currently in their consultation stages that are simply too important and consequential for landlords to ignore: reform of the Residential Tenancies Act and Healthy Homes Standards. If left to their own devices, these proposals could dramatically shift the landscape of residential tenancy for landlords. Everyone involved in this industry has skin in th... read more
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Peter Lewis: Important information for all landlords

There are two pieces of legislation currently under consultation which will dramatically affect all residential landlords. These are the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and the Health Homes Guarantee Act. Just some of the suggestions from tenancy advocates that could be made to the RTA include: removal of any ability for a landlord to terminate under a 42-d... read more
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Failure to lodge bond is no joke

54 Tribunal orders amounting to $38,713.76 in exemplary damages and costs against an Invercargill landlord are reasons enough for all of us refresh our understanding of landlords’ bond duties. After an exhaustive investigation by the Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment brought 54 Tribunal applications ... read more
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Parry reversed - Tribunal activism gone too far?

Considering the tremendous stress Anderson v FM Custodians Ltd has had on the landlord community, Vic Inglis’ successful appeal at the District Court is nothing short than an extraordinary, and much needed, relief. In September this year, Mr. Inglis was ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal (citing Anderson as authority) to refund his former tenant, Natalie Parry, nearly $11,000 of ren... read more
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Ouch! Absent or defective insulation statement could set y​ou back $500

From 1 July 2016, all new residential tenancy agreements are required to include a signed insulation statement detailing the extent of insulation in the property. At the time of passage, this requirement was seen by many as a bureaucratic intermediary in anticipation of universal insulation by 2019. But if its recent orders are anything to go by, it is apparent that the Tribunal has... read more
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What you need to know about the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act

This week the Government introduced the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (2) to Parliament. There are three main parts to this Bill that are worth noting by landlords: Tenants liability for damage Since Holler v Osaki, tenants are no longer liable for damages they unintentionally cause to a rental property. This Bill addresses the inherent inequitable outcome Holler has c... 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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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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Stephen Weatherall

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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.

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