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What is the standard for installing heating at rental properties?

This week's question comes from Fred (paraphrased): What is the standard for installing heating at residential rental properties? A well-timed question! Regrettably, there isn't a straightforward answer. Why? Because the entire rental industry has found ourselves smack-bang in the middle of a strange twilight zone bookended by the Home Improvement Regulations (HIR) that our Ten...
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New bylaw may mean more than just removing the fireplace

News of the Auckland Council's proposed air quality bylaw has understandably unsettled landlords who own properties that are heated by indoor wood/coal burners. This week's Ask An Expert feature explores the possible legal implications this bylaw has within the framework of the Residential Tenancies Act: Regarding the proposed bylaw to phase out pre-2005 indoor open fire burners, if it is p...
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What you need to know before Auckland goes Digital?

Auckland is counting down the days until television signal goes digital. Once the clock strikes midnight on the 1st of December and analogue television is no more, what new obligations, if any, would you have to serve your tenant's viewing pleasure? If your rental property does not already have digital aerial, are you required to put it in? More importantly perhaps, who foots the bill? ...
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Key Money: A Cautionary Tale

I feel like we spend a lot of time talking about running our properties like a business rather than a charity and getting reimbursed for our costs, that we risk rousing our inner-Ebenezer who has nothing better to do than to claw back every single pitiful cent that is rightfully ours. Not to say I am not a subscriber to this particular school of thought. I am a big fan of wealth accumul...
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Tenancy Agreements In Terms Of Debt Collection

by Craeg Williams Choosing the right tenant is not always the easiest process. Landlords are often in the position of choosing from applicants who are not perfect but will hopefully prove to be adequate. Once you hace chosen the best applicant on merit, it is time for the background check. Remember the references they provide may be the only way to track the tenant down if they do end up doi...
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Finding RTA a Real Drag? No More!

Here in the land of the long white cloud where the men drink latté, the women are merry and responsible Aucklanders invest in properties, the Residential Tenancies Act is a play-by-play book that underpins the game we are oh so familiar with - the game of landlording. To characterise the RTA as a simple document would be... well... too simplistic. No. That would be folly. Just ...
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Decidedly Drippy Water Bills

The latest Department Of Building And Housing (DBH) information sheet on water charges confirms what we had summised for our members back in February. Simply put any portion of the water bill can be passed on to your tenant so long as you can attribute that portion to your tenant's occupancy of your property. If it is a charge that you will have to pay irrespective of whether the property is ...
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