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  • Quality Rentals Are Vital in Today’s Market

    For over a century, the New Zealand government has been concerned with the availability of quality housing in our country. In an effort to insure that quality housing is available to all people living in New Zealand, the government has conducted surveys about the state of residential properties since 1935. … Read more

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  • Estimating Expenses on a Rental Property

    Any seasoned homeowner is well aware that there can be steep expenses associated with homeownership. It’s no different when it comes to a rental property. In fact, expenses associated with a rental property tend to be even higher and your tenants will expect a speedy resolution to the issue, so … Read more

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  • Buying an Investment Property with Family or Friends

    With the increase in housing prices over the past few yeas and the recent changes in LVR for investment properties, more and more people are considering purchasing an investment property with a group of family members or friends. In today’s post, we’re going to explore the pros and cons of … Read more

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  • Writing an Insulation Statement

    Over the past year, we’ve kept you informed about the Residential Tenancy Amendment Act 2016 (“the Act”), which contains important requirements about insulating rental properties. One of these requirements, which came into effect on 1 July 2016, is that landlords must include an “insulation statement” in all new tenancy agreements. … Read more

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  • Gardens and Lawns: Tenant & Landlord Responsibilities

    Landlords and tenants have different responsibilities when it comes to keeping the grounds around a tenanted property tidy and well maintained. Tenancy Services, a division of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, provides recommendations about garden and lawn responsibilities on their website. While many landlords choose to follow these, … Read more

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  • What Landlords & Tenants Need to Know About Natural Disasters

    After the recent earthquake in Kaikoura, you may be wondering how a natural disaster could affect your rental agreement. If you are a landlord, it’s important that you understand your responsibilities towards your tenants after a natural disaster. In today’s article, we’re going to outline the process you should follow … Read more

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  • Property Investment in Uncertain Times

    Like any other type of investing, there is some degree of uncertainty when it comes to making property investments. As part of their long-term strategy, many property investors pay close attention to current events, economic fluctuations, and predictions from the media and real estate experts. When making your own property … Read more

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  • Are You Eligible for a HomeStart Grant?

    In August, we wrote about how new Loan to Value ratios (LVRs) will make it more challenging for Kiwis to secure loans for buying residential properties. If you’re one of the people affected by the new LVR, you may be looking for other ways to achieve your homeownership goals. The … Read more

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  • Landlord’s Guide to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016

    On 1 July 2016, the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016 came into effect. These amendments serve as an update to the Residential Tenancies Act and cover key changes to smoke alarm and insulation requirements, tenancy abandonment process and more. This post provides a summary of the changes and explains how … Read more

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  • How to Resolve Tenancy Issues

    When an issue with your tenant arises, it’s important that you deal with it promptly and appropriately. Disputes that landlords commonly need to address include: Tenant failing to make rent payments or paying late Inadequate maintenance of the property More people living in the home than stated in the rental … Read more

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