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Property Management
Ask Bernard Parker from Quinovic Property Management questions relating to property panagement

Quinovic's outstanding people and systems provide the most professional, effective and reliable residential property management service in the NZ market for over 22 years.

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Boarding house owner obligations

What items must the landlord of a boarding house provide to the minimum six residents? Toilet tissue, light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, dish washing liquid? What does the resident provide? I know about the main things, like furniture, but what about the little things?

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Finance & Strategy
Ask Kris Pederson, director of Kris Pederson Mortgages questions relating to Mortgages, Finance, and Strategy

Kris is a respected commentator on the property and finance markets in New Zealand and overseas. He spends his time working closely with his support team sourcing clients leading edge finance strategies.

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Bank LVR application

When you are refinancing a property (either an owner occupier property or an investment property) will the bank apply the LVR ratio against the original purchase price or against the current value? For example: I purchased a place in 2010 for $300,000 and currently owe $250,000. The property is now valued at around $650,000.



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Ask Krister Samuel of Ray White City - Britomart questions relating to apartments investing

Krister is ranked in the top 1% of all real estate agents nationwide and specialises in the high yielding Auckland apartment market. He is happy to share insights and information on any aspect from an extensive knowledge base built up over a decade.

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Apartment insulation requirements

We moved into an apartment.

Before we moved in we weren't able to check the garage as the tenant showed us through and he wasn't very forth coming.

We took the place and I asked the property manager if it was possible to get the place insulated, as upon flat inspection, I noticed it wasn't.

He said he'd get back to me. (I put it in writing too.)

When the key hand over happened I asked again and he said the house isn't that cold. He was wrong. On our first night there it was freezing cold.

Is there any way to ensure this gets done? Surely a landlord would want to do this as an investment on their property and to ensure long term great tenants?


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Ask Nick Ashford of Withers Tsang & Co questions relating to Tax and Asset Structures

Nick Ashford and his team at Withers Tsang & Co specialise in advising on property related transactions, valuation and restructure services and tax planning.

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GST on mixed purchase

This relates to the treatment of GST on a mixed residential/commercial purchase. What is the position if I purchase such a property from a GST registered vendor, with I myself being GST registered?

The property has a restaurant and a two bedroom residential apartment. They are both leased to the same entity (the restaurant). I would be leasing the property to that GST registered entity.

Is it safe to assume then that there is no GST payable on the entire purchase and that I charge and recover GST on the OPEX? Is it up to the leasee to make any apportionment if the GST cannot be claimed as part of the OPEX?



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Ask Allan Galloway, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment questions relating to tenants and landlords

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment provides information and guidance on building law and compliance, services including weathertight homes, and advice for tenants and landlords.

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Repairs & rent reductions

Our tenants moved in in July. There was a dampness in a room due to leakage in the shower. A plumber fixed the leakage in front of the tenants at the time they moved in. We provided a dehumidfier but the tenants hardly use it so that their power bill doesn't get too high. On the weekend my husband went to access the dampness. He found the dehumidifier was off and the dampness was still there. He dried it a bit.

Now the tenants have demanded that we reduce the rent. Last week I went and completely dried the carpet. Shortly afterwards, my husband went to check and found dampness again. We notified the tenants that the plumber would come on Sunday. They said they wouldn't pay rent until it was fixed.So I gave them three weeks notice and they said we used them and they will only leave when they find another space. Is this acceptable?


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Property Advice
Ask Ron Hoy Fong, director of Ronovationz for questions relating to investment strategy and property advice

Ron loves to share his passion for property and his coaching course provides one-on-one mentoring and support that will empower you with tools, strategies and valuable insights so you can achieve investment success and become a property master.

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Purchasing a second house

We are looking at moving to another area and renting out our current house. But we don't know which way would be better to purchase our next house as we don't want to rent. Does it pretty much come down to getting a deposit together or using equity in our current property? We only have a small amount to go to pay our current mortgage off and renting the house out won't be hard as we've already had feelers out with interest shown.

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Ask Myles Noble from Crombie Lockwood questions relating to insurance

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Sub-let carpet worry

I sublet a room in a shared flat last year. In the dining room a friend dropped a tiny splash of coffee on the carpet. Unfortunately, in our attempt to clean it up the carpet developed a huge yellow circle a lot bigger than the original stain. We attempted to clean it several times before discovering online that with old carpets the underlay seeps up into the carpet when you put water on it and stains it.

I moved out and a few months later the other flatmates from the actual lease have also moved out, so the landlord is coming for an inspection. In regards to the carpet, who pays? Would it be covered by his insurance? If not, as he needs to re-carpet the whole house anyway, do I still pay a percentage? Also this landlord never fixed anything during my time there despite us telling him about stuff. They still have my bond.



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