New meth decontamination levels revealed

It’s been a long time coming but the much anticipated new meth testing and decontamination standard is finally here – and it's good news for landlords.

Thursday news in brief

Life is busy and it’s easy to miss some of the stories that hit the news. So here’s a brief rundown of some of the stories that might have slipped by you this week…

Funding lack puts apartments at risk

Safety should come first in apartment buildings but a lack of funding could see owners avoiding crucial building inspections, a body corporate watchdog group is warning.

Tokoroa - Sure bet in a Lakeside Cul-de-sac

$169,000 Quiet cul de sac, excellent location, close to the popular lake. The house is a great example of a solid home that is well presented inside. There are three good sized bedrooms, a combined dining/kitchen...
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Insulation wake-up call

Insulation grants are being extended to low-income homeowners – which should prompt investors to get...

Investor lending decline continues (+GRAPH)

Investors’ share of new mortgage lending dropped again in May although the amounts loaned were up,...

Six great ways to maximise property value

Not currently in a position to add to your portfolio? Never fear – here are six ways to maximise the...

Reforming the EQC

Clarification of whether homeowners can look to their insurers, rather than the Earthquake Commission...

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Interest deductibility problem
“I am moving city and plan to rent my existing house and buy a new house when I move. My current house is owned by my wife and I through a Trust structure. My wife does not currently generate income. I will need to mortgage my existing house to buy the new house but would expect not to have to include the new house in the...”
Our expert Nick Ashford responds »

Pest control responsibilities
“We moved into our new rental property six days ago. While unpacking we realised that mice are living in the hot water cupboard. It smells terrible and there are mouse droppings everywhere. Additionally, the place is flea invested. We started getting bitten on day two and it is getting worse. Who is responsible for paying...”
Our expert Bernard Parker responds »

Rental charge rule
“  I'm a complete property investment novice - with a freehold house. I know the wisest thing to do is to invest with the equity I have. I am considering dipping my toe into the shark pool of the Auckland apartment market. I've read plenty, looked on plenty of sales and rental website sites to gauge pricing,...”
Our expert Kris Pedersen responds »

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