Property Management

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guidelines covering the information that landlords should and shouldn’t ask for when selecting tenants have been withdrawn – for now.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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No extensions for insulation compliance

There will be no extensions for landlords who don’t comply with the 2016 insulation requirements, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is warning.

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Credit check ban unreasonable

Preventing landlords from running credit checks on prospective tenants - as mandated by new privacy guidelines - is not reasonable, tenancy experts say.

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What landlords can't ask tenants

Think you know what you can ask a prospective tenant? It might pay to check out the Privacy Commissioner’s new guidelines to see if what you are asking really is acceptable.

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Warning: insulation deadline looming

Landlords take note: there’s only 40 days left to insulate rental properties before a $4,000 fine from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) comes into play.

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Standards set to cost

Nearly 60% of Auckland property investors believe they will have to spend money to be compliant with the new Healthy Homes minimum standards, according to new Crockers research.

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It’s the law: Healthy Homes standards

The Government’s Healthy Homes minimum standards will be law from 1 July 2019 – even though their final form won’t be released until later this week.

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Beware unauthorised trades work

Property owners are being warned not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct plumbing work on renovation projects.

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Tardy repairs earn $2000 fine

Slow action on a leaky roof has earned a property management company and an absentee landlord a fine and a reprimand from the Tenancy Tribunal.

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High demand makes for rent rises

Strong demand for rental properties nationwide means Trade Me Property’s latest data shows year-on-year rent rises in every region.

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Super City rental market star

Two-bedroom rental properties are the clear best performer across the Auckland market, new Barfoot & Thompson rental data reveals.

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