Tuesday 2nd August 2022
How-To Be Selected for a Pet Friendly Rental Property
Are you a tenant looking for your next pet-friendly rental? We understand how challenging the market can be and pet-friendly rentals can be extremely hard to come by. Thankfully many landlords are coming around and we’re seeing more and more pet-friendly rental properties hitting the market.
Monday 1st August 2022
Recent Law Changes Don’t Work for Students
The Otago Daily Times (“ODT”) has reported that new laws introduced in November last year don’t fit the Dunedin flatting culture.
Friday 29th July 2022
Big Increase in Options for Tenants Pushes Rents Down
As the old saying goes – ‘what goes up must come down’ and that seems to be the case with rents at the moment.
Friday 29th July 2022
5 Warning Signs That Your Property Manager is Underperforming
Is your current property manager unreachable? Are your tenants calling you with queries that should be going through your property manager? Have you noticed a pattern of troublesome tenants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to make the switch to a new property manager.
Friday 22nd July 2022
5 Easy Ways to Increase the Weekly Rent at Your Rental Property
Want to increase the weekly rent at your rental property? Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend excessive amounts of time, money, or energy to do so.
Friday 15th July 2022
How-To Prepare Your Tenants and Rental Property for Severe Weather
Just when you think the worst of the winter weather has passed, Mother Nature likes to throw a few curveballs - often in the form of wild storms. Do you know how to prepare your rental property and your tenants for severe weather?
Tuesday 12th July 2022
Change Is Afoot in the New Zealand Rental Market
As property managers, we’re seeing a change in the rental market, particularly in the main centres. Landlords and property managers around the country are noticing that quality tenants are becoming harder to come by.
Friday 8th July 2022
With the borders opening, will my property earn more on Airbnb or as a long-term rental?
From the 31st of July 2022, New Zealand will be saying “Nau mai, hoki mai” to the rest of the world. For businesses nationwide, the opening of the borders brings the great promise of a return to normality - however different that may look. For landlords, however, it begs the question of whether or not their rental property will earn more as an Airbnb or as a long-term rental.
Friday 17th June 2022
The Pros and Cons of Starting a Property Management Business From Scratch
Starting your own property management business can be an incredibly rewarding journey. You have the opportunity to be your own boss with the creative freedom to build a business around your goals and lifestyle, rather than someone elses.
Friday 10th June 2022
Tips for Tenants: 10 Everyday Tips for a Warm, Dry Home
Did you know that almost half of all NZ homes are damp and mouldy? Inadequate heating and ventilation of the home is the most common cause of condensation, mould, mildew, and general dampness. All of which can permanently damage the property - and in serious cases, result in health issues for those living in the property.
Friday 3rd June 2022
Rental Property Maintenance: Winter Checklist
Winter is here! As such, there's no better time than now to do some preventative property maintenance to reduce the risk of costly reactive maintenance and repairs that can arise more frequently during the cooler months.
Friday 20th May 2022
The Pros and Cons of Buying a Property Management Franchise
Tired of working for someone else? Ready to pave your own way in the world and be your own boss in property management? How do you get started?
Friday 13th May 2022
Why Use a Property Manager?
It's all very well and good knowing how to choose a good property manager, but why should you use one?
Thursday 12th May 2022
Changes to the Healthy Homes Heating, Ventilation, and Moisture Ingress and Drainage Standards
Changes to the healthy homes standards have officially come into play. For a lot of property owners, these changes aren't likely to make a big difference to the standards they already have to measure up to. Instead, the changes will be most significant to property investors who own modern dwellings built to the 2008 building code (for insulation and glazing) or apartments.
Thursday 5th May 2022
9 Tips and Tricks for Approaching the Bank for a Mortgage (in Today's Lending Environment)
In a recent NZ Herald podcast Frances Cook talked to Bruce Patton from Loan Market about the CCCFA and learnt some good tips and tricks when it comes to fronting up to banks for a mortgage in today's lending environment.
Thursday 28th April 2022
Building Contract Mistakes to Avoid in 2022 and Beyond
With the interest deductibility being removed for most existing rental properties, property investors are increasingly turning their hand to new builds. Unfortunately, the building environment is a bit more complex than usual at the moment (as you've likely read in recent media). So, what better time than now to school up on the ins and outs of new build contracts?
Wednesday 20th April 2022
Privacy Crackdown: What Does It Mean for Landlords?
New guidance on privacy for the rental sector has been in the works for the past year and as of March 2022, the Privacy Commission launched its compliance review. The aim of the review is to ensure no landlords, managers or agencies are in breach of the Privacy Act.
Saturday 9th April 2022
8 Secrets to Successfully Securing a Rental Property
In a competitive rental market, tenants often wonder what they could have done differently to secure a property they applied for.
Friday 25th March 2022
How-to Choose a Good Property Manager
Are you a landlord managing your own property or properties to save yourself money? Have you thought about what your time (and sanity) are worth? A good property manager will save you a priceless amount of time, money, and hassle. They take the stress out of owning a rental property by juggling all the day-to-day, nitty-gritty, and headache-inducing tasks that sap your energy.
Friday 11th March 2022
6 Reasons to Allow Pets in Your Rental Property
Is it time to reconsider your rental property pet policy? Roughly 83% of Kiwi households have pets, and, with over 4.35 million companion animals recorded in 2020, we humans are almost outnumbered!
Friday 25th February 2022
Why the PM Industry Needed to be Regulated YESTERDAY!
After nearly 5 years of advocacy from various institutes, the government has released a discussion document and launched its consultation for the regulation of the property management industry. It marks a long-overdue turning point for the NZ property management industry which needed to be regulated YESTERDAY!
Friday 18th February 2022
5 Things to Watch Out for When Purchasing a New Build as an Investment Property
For some property investors, buying a new build via a property developer is an attractive prospect. New builds have lower maintenance costs and requirements, provide good value for money, carry tax benefits, and will likely attract a higher market rent.
Friday 11th February 2022
COVID-19: Can Landlords Require Tenants to be Vaccinated?
When it comes to your own private property, it's your call who you let inside. You can require tradespeople to be vaccinated and you can ask your unvaccinated friends and family to stay away. Sounds simple right? Unfortunately, it's a bit more complicated if you own a rental property.
Wednesday 22nd December 2021
The Key Differences Between a Residents' Association and a Body Corporate
Looking at buying investment property in a new build development or existing complex? There are many things to take into consideration. However, one thing to be aware of is that you'll be required to join a body corporate or a residents' association (which one will be pre-determined by the development type).
Wednesday 1st December 2021
5 Reasons to Consider Including Grounds Maintenance in Your Tenancy Agreement
To maintain or not to maintain? That's the question many landlords find themselves asking when developing tenancy agreements.
Wednesday 24th November 2021
3 Reasons to Get Your Brand New Property Meth-Tested
So, you've just purchased a BRAND NEW rental property? Congratulations! There's little chance that it has been contaminated by methamphetamine. Why then, do you still need a meth test?
Thursday 14th October 2021
Are Baches Subject to the RTA?
The Tenancy Tribunal has declared that baches are not subject to the Residential Tenancies Act, provided they are intended to provide temporary or transient accommodation.
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