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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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Can your tenant trespass you from your rental property?

This week's question comes from Barry (paraphrased): An impending termination has gone sour; the tenant is now threatening to issue me with a trespass notice barring me from entering onto the rental property. Can he do that? Our response: The short answer is yes. In general, the rules of trespass is covered by the Trespass Act 1980 ("the Act"). The Act itself protects anyone who lawful... read more
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How much will the TCIT tell you?

We recently covered the oversight power of the Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team ("TCIT"). In the course of posting that information, we thought it helpful to drill down into the level of disclosure a landlord/property manager is to expect if he/she is to become a subject of the TCIT's investigation. No mental arithmetic or theoretical acrobatics necessary. It is easier to jus... read more
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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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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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Tips to navigate the post-letting fee world

*Note that for the purpose of this article we will distinguish ‘letting’ from that of ‘property management’ as understood in the New Zealand context. From 12th December, letting fees will be 'abolished'. By now, you should have received communications from your property manager explaining if and how you will be affected. Many have already advised their new fee structures to help th... read more
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Have your say about these new tenancy forms

Tenancy Services is reaching out to APIA landlords for feedback on 4 Bond forms currently being re-designed. The exercise is to improve on the current forms by creating logical workflows that are easy to fill out but also collect the necessary information to progress each bond matter. The four forms are: Bond lodgement Bond refund Bond transfer ... 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