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Rumour has it...

Landlords are, understandably, feeling vindicated and excited about the RTAA 2019 which now makes tenants liable (up to a certain extent) for carelessly damaging the property. But Parliament being Parliament, its legislative language leaves much to be desired. It should come as no surprise then that various hot-takes arrived at different conclusions as to exactly how will the tenants be ... read more
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Is the RTAA insurance disclosure a step too far?

This week's question comes from Sue: I have just been advised that with the changes to the Residential Tenancy Act my property manager needs to file my insurance policy pertaining to our rental and the amount of excess and supply both to our tenant on request. Do you have an opinion on supplying such information to a tenant? I understand it has become law, but it seems like a gr... read more
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RTAA 2019 - a partial reversal of Holler

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) received its Royal Assent on 30th July 2019 bringing about significant changes for landlords to pay attention to. One such change concerns careless damages caused by tenants at rental properties. Note that this commentary relates only to careless damages caused by tenants at rental properties. 1. Background Prior to 2... read more
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Peter Lewis: Selecting a new tenant

Acquiring a new tenant for a residential rental is always a stressful time, stressful for both those applying for the tenancy and for the landlord. The landlord is generally in the position that he is receiving no rental income from that property, but of course his costs in the form of rates, insurance, and most likely mortgage interest relentlessly continue every day. Thus the lan... read more
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HHS Compliance #1: Heating requirements at a glance

Welcome to our Healthy Homes Standards Compliance Series. In light of this week's rollout of the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 ("the Regulations"), we will be releasing weekly resources to help landlord comply with these Healthy Homes Standards ("HHS"). There will be a mix of compliance guides, best practice protocols, link pooling, FAQs, video expla... read more
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Reasonable compensation for early termination

Concerning Hood, Angela Julie vs First National Marlborough Limited [2019] NZTT Blenheim 4180394 The issue What can a landlord reasonably recover from a tenant for terminating a fixed-term tenancy early? The facts - The fixed-term tenancy between the two parties was reduced and terminated early at an earlier hearing by an interim order (presumably under s66(1) of the RTA). - Th... read more
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Peter Lewis: What can you deduct?

Given the ongoing publicity and often heated discussions, all landlords should by now know that there are a number of mandatory upgrades and enhancements that will be required for all residential rental properties over the next few years. We have already passed the date when it became compulsory to install smoke alarms in all such properties, and we are very near the time... read more
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Osaki protection not afforded to Airbnb tenants

Concerning Tobin, Jackie vs CHEN, JIANQING [2019] NZTT Auckland 4172141 The issue Whether tenants are afforded the Osaki protection for damages caused by Airbnb sub-tenants? The facts - Mr Chen rented two apartments from Ms Tobin for a period of time until 21 October 2018. - Mr Chen had never occupied either property and instead, on-leased both as Airbnb rentals with the knowledge and ... read more
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Tenant's 'shadow' partner - guarantor or joint tenant?

This week's question comes from Kelly (paraphrased): I have a lady tenant with kids who would prefer not to put her partner’s name on the tenancy agreement because her WINZ supplement would then be discontinued. I think she will need his income to be able to afford the property and if he is staying there I want him to be responsible for the rent, damage etc. Is it a good idea to add ... read more
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Must I send a copy of the Watercare bill to my tenant?

This week's question comes from Don (paraphrased): My tenant is withholding payment of his water usage saying that I am required by the RTA to send him a copy of the original bill. Does that sound right to you? Our response: No. No such requirement exists in the RTA. That said, we can't think of a reason why you wouldn't. S39(3) gives you the right to seek reimbursement from yo... read more

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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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