Property Management

New privacy guidelines welcomed

Confusion over what information landlords can ask for when selecting tenants should be eased by a new set of guidelines from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC).

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Tribunal fines landlord for insulation fail

Failure to install insulation into a rental property by the July 1 deadline has earned a Bay of Plenty landlord a $1,500 penalty and a work order.

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Pace of rent growth slows in Super City

Auckland rents might be steep but new data from Barfoot & Thompson reveals the rate they are increasing at has been slowing for the last three years.

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Rental stock can’t match demand

Pressure continues to build in the rental market as Trade Me Property’s latest rental data shows soaring demand and a decline in available stock.

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New tenant damage, meth measures are only partial solutions

Changes to the legislation around tenant damage and meth contamination have been years in the making but now they are finally here are they any good for landlords?

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Tenants liable for careless damage – to a point

Tenants will now have to take some responsibility for careless damage to rental properties after the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No. 2) passed its final reading in Parliament on Wednesday.

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Shining the light on unit titles

The unit title sector is one of the most misunderstood areas of property ownership so Tenancy Services has launched a new website to help out those affected.

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Getting end of tenancy clean ups right

Confusion over what leaving a property “reasonably clean and tidy” at the end of a tenancy means has prompted a call for prescriptive guidelines from Tenancy Services.

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Insulation D-Day

Today’s the day that all rental properties must have ceiling and underfloor insulation under the Residential Tenancies Act – and it looks like the majority will be compliant.

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Up, up, up for regional rents

Rental demand is outpacing tight rental supply around the country and that has made for record rent rises in many markets, according to Trade Me Property.

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Call to license landlords

There’s a fresh demand for the mandatory licensing of landlords – and this time it comes from property manager representatives.

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Serial failure to lodge bonds earns massive fine

The importance of lodging tenants’ bond money is demonstrated by a new Tenancy Tribunal ruling which orders an Auckland landlord to pay nearly $180,000.

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Privacy guidelines under review

Controversial new Privacy Commissioner guidelines covering the information that landlords should and shouldn’t ask for when selecting tenants have been withdrawn – for now.

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Don’t wait - get compliant

Radical, costly and with issues? Yes. But the new Healthy Homes minimum standards are warranted and will improve New Zealand’s housing stock, according to one property management consultant.

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Applying for a tenancy like applying for a job

Credit checks should only be conducted after someone becomes the preferred candidate for a tenancy - not in the early stage of the application process, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

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