Q&A

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Is remedial insulation deductible?

This week's question comes from Ron (paraphrased):  What is the tax treatment for remedial insulation on a rental property where existing insulation is going to be topped up (i.e. part repair part improvement)? Mark Withers from Withers Tsang kindly responds below: The government has not assisted the push for better insulation of Kiwi homes by failing to clarify the capital/r... read more
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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 (HI... 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 id... read more
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CGT on own homes?!

This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased):  I heard something about homes being subject to CGT under the current proposal if it is past a certain size. The property I am thinking of is on 5 acres with approximately 2 acres of grass and the rest in bush. There is no income from the property. Is this correct and wouldn't this affect many life-style type properties?  Ama... 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 f... read more
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Ring-fencing submission FAQs

Some frequently asked questions prompted by our latest call for all investor to put in their submission for the proposed law change to ring-fence rental tax losses are worth sharing.  Before we delve in, a reminder that this Thursday is the last day to make a submission to or against ring-fencing tax losses. This is too important an issue for investors to stay silent on. Submissi... read more
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Who can receive rent?

This week's question comes from Jae (paraphrased):  I live in Korea and own an Auckland rental property. My son lives in Auckland. Can he, on my behalf, sign a property management authority with a property manager and receive rent as his income? Katrina O'Connor from Barfoot & Thompson kindly responds below:  Your son would be able to complete and sign a property man... 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 ... read more
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Can Tenancy Services lawfully request information about my rental?

This week's question comes from Alan (paraphrased):  Tenancy Services recently sent me an information request for details of insulation at one of my rentals. Are they have the right to that information?   Our response:  The short answer is yes. The authority to audit rests with the Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team ("TCIT") that is part of Tenancy Services. In fact, ... 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 Reside... read more
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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