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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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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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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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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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John Priest: Being a successful landlord, my way

Firstly, be careful who you accept as a tenant. Sorry property managers, but I insist on managing my own properties and I consider the most important aspect of this to be tenant selection. I want to meet prospective tenants and see if I have a good feeling about them. Whatever your instinct tells you it must be backed up with research. Once when I had had a shortage of... read more
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Rent: A classic landlord dilemma

A troubling report inferring bidding wars for rentals has prompted us to consider one of the moral dilemmas of being a landlord - How much is too much to charge tenants? While the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment has clarified there is nothing in the Residential Tenancies Act which 'precludes the tenant from indicating what they would be willing to pay for a ... 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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Pre-purchase checks you should never forget about

It is largely accepted that buying a rental is different to buying a home. Investors buy on projected yield and growth making purchasing a rental a somewhat mechanical process (if you repeat it often enough). But what if you are buying a rental and an existing tenancy? Should you broaden your due diligence and look at anything other than the numbers? Take a look at the recent Trib... 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