The Government Restores Interest Deductibility on Investment Properties11 Apr 2024

The Government Restores Interest Deductibility on Investment Properties

Updates on tax reform have been announced, with Associate Finance Minister David Seymour announcing ...

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Just a month-by-month tenancy, thanks!11 Apr 2024

Just a month-by-month tenancy, thanks!

There is no such thing in the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) as a month-by-month tenancy, however ...

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Family Make the Best Tenants!11 Apr 2024

Family Make the Best Tenants!

Renting to family members usually sounds like a great idea at the time, but are you protected if ...

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Compliance in Rental Properties11 Mar 2024

Compliance in Rental Properties

Did you know that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has a compliance monitoring ...

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Ensuring your Rental is Healthy Homes Compliant11 Mar 2024

Ensuring your Rental is Healthy Homes Compliant

Did you know that all managed or private rentals must comply with the Healthy Homes Standards ...

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Selling Your Rental Property?6 Mar 2024

Selling Your Rental Property?

Section 47 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) states that if at any time after entering ...

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End Of Financial Year Tips for Landlords6 Mar 2024

End Of Financial Year Tips for Landlords

As the end of a financial year approaches, landlords have an opportunity to assess their property ...

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Insurance Policy Changes19 Feb 2024

Insurance Policy Changes

Section 45 – Landlord Responsibilities On 27 August 2019, legislation took effect which ...

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The Perils of Removing Smoke Alarms19 Feb 2024

The Perils of Removing Smoke Alarms

Removing or interfering with smoke alarms or interfering with the means of escape from a fire is an ...

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Stop Mosquitoes Breeding Around Your Home9 Jan 2024

Stop Mosquitoes Breeding Around Your Home

Like most of us, mosquitoes prefer a warmer, ambient temperature, so they are at their highest ...

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Let There be Light! Who's Responsible for Light Bulbs?9 Jan 2024

Let There be Light! Who's Responsible for Light Bulbs?

Landlords and tenants can be responsible for light bulbs. The Residential Tenancies Act does not ...

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The Importance of ALL Pool Safety9 Jan 2024

The Importance of ALL Pool Safety

We all love a pool to cool off in over summer, and many tenants will be tempted to get a portable ...

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Tenancy Types: Which one do we use?30 Nov 2023

Tenancy Types: Which one do we use?

When you are purchasing an investment property it is important to work out what type of tenancy ...

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Definition of Accidental Damage15 Nov 2023

Definition of Accidental Damage

If something gets damaged in a rental property, or needs repairing, it’s important to know who is ...

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Things to Consider When Buying a Rental Property15 Nov 2023

Things to Consider When Buying a Rental Property

Investing in property is a smart financial decision that can help you grow wealth and generate a ...

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Do you want to become a property investor?15 Nov 2023

Do you want to become a property investor?

Becoming an investor is a smart way to grow your wealth, generate a passive income or build a nest ...

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Section 40 - Tenant's Responsibilities27 Sep 2023

Section 40 - Tenant's Responsibilities

It is important that tenants have at least a basic understanding of their responsibilities under ...

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Healthy Habits for Tenants30 Aug 2023

Healthy Habits for Tenants

Keeping your home healthy isn’t just up to your landlord. Healthy habits will reduce moisture in ...

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Housing Improvement Regulations 194730 Aug 2023

Housing Improvement Regulations 1947

Our property management sector has been focused on the healthy homes standards for several years ...

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Q1 Northern Region Awards30 Aug 2023

Q1 Northern Region Awards

Our Harcourts Whangarei Property Management team received multiple awards at the recent Harcourts ...

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Can a Tenant Agree to pay for Improvements?25 Jul 2023

Can a Tenant Agree to pay for Improvements?

If a tenant is wanting the carpets in a rental property to be replaced due to the carpets being ...

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Lack of Heating and Insulation Leads to Mould25 Jul 2023

Lack of Heating and Insulation Leads to Mould

Section 45 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 outlines that a landlord must provide and maintain ...

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Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team25 Jul 2023

Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team

The Tenancy Services Compliance and Investigations Team monitor and enforce compliance with the ...

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Mould & Dampness25 Jul 2023

Mould & Dampness

It is a landlords responsibility to ensure their property is well-aired, ventilated and free of ...

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Smoke Alarms and Industry Accepted Best Practice29 Jun 2023

Smoke Alarms and Industry Accepted Best Practice

'Industry Best Practice' means… "A management idea asserting that, for a given industry, there ...

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Common Rental Property Expenditure29 Jun 2023

Common Rental Property Expenditure

Landlords are operating a business when renting out a property, and like with any business, there ...

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Neighbours in Dispute13 Jun 2023

Neighbours in Dispute

From time to time, we receive complaints from neighbours about a tenant. This could be anything ...

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Tenancy Tribunal Case: Extensive Damage13 Jun 2023

Tenancy Tribunal Case: Extensive Damage

This case study highlighted what happens when damage to a rental premises is deemed to be ...

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Delays with Tenancy Tribunal Hearings9 Jun 2023

Delays with Tenancy Tribunal Hearings

MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) have outlined its process to help landlords ...

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Replacement Like for Like26 May 2023

Replacement Like for Like

When an item in a property is damaged or stops working and needs to be replaced, the item should be ...

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Tenant Selection Process26 May 2023

Tenant Selection Process

You want tenants who’ll care for your property and fulfil all their obligations. Before signing a ...

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Signing Away Rights Under the Act28 Apr 2023

Signing Away Rights Under the Act

If a Tenancy Agreement includes clauses that are inconsistent with the Residential Tenancies Act ...

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A Hazard in Clear Line of Sight11 Apr 2023

A Hazard in Clear Line of Sight

Most homes have them and yet the dangers associated with window blinds are not widely known. As a ...

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Fair Wear and Tear in a Rental11 Apr 2023

Fair Wear and Tear in a Rental

Tenancy can be difficult terrain to navigate, whether you’re a long-time renter or a first-time ...

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Who is Responsible for What, in Your Rental?11 Apr 2023

Who is Responsible for What, in Your Rental?

A property manager will ensure your property is regularly checked for any damage or wear and tear ...

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Depreciating Chattels in Rental Properties27 Feb 2023

Depreciating Chattels in Rental Properties

Often when tenants cause damage to chattels at a rental property or if something goes missing, it ...

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Using Licensed Practitioners For Your Property27 Feb 2023

Using Licensed Practitioners For Your Property

Using licensed builders, electrical workers, plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers ensures work on ...

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Tenancy Start and End Times26 Jan 2023

Tenancy Start and End Times

Tenancy days start and end at midnight, therefore we cannot demand that tenants leave the premises ...

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Family Violence and Physical Assault Regulations26 Jan 2023

Family Violence and Physical Assault Regulations

Provisions relating to family violence and physical assault are in force. Regulations to support ...

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Extensive Alterations, Refurbishment, Repairs or Redevelopment Required?26 Jan 2023

Extensive Alterations, Refurbishment, Repairs or Redevelopment Required?

Section 51 of the Residential Tenancies Act - Termination by Notice A landlord may terminate a ...

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The Cost of Filing Tenancy Tribunal Applications26 Jan 2023

The Cost of Filing Tenancy Tribunal Applications

At a recent Tenancy Tribunal hearing, a landlord made a claim against the tenant for rent arrears, ...

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What's cooking for Christmas?8 Dec 2022

What's cooking for Christmas?

We are hoping that our tenants will be enjoying home cooked meals over the summer period, so please ...

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Unlawful Dwellings8 Dec 2022

Unlawful Dwellings

78A Orders of Tribunal relating to unlawful residential premises (1) This section applies in any ...

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Smoke Alarms - What you need to know8 Dec 2022

Smoke Alarms - What you need to know

If you are a tenant, you must not damage, remove, or disconnect a smoke alarm, and should replace ...

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Renters Insurance - Why do you need it?8 Dec 2022

Renters Insurance - Why do you need it?

Insurance is important for both landlords and tenants. Landlords should insure their rental ...

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Rental Reform Package: Regulation, Healthy Homes extension, Methamphetamine levels8 Dec 2022

Rental Reform Package: Regulation, Healthy Homes extension, Methamphetamine levels

The Government will regulate property managers, consult on an acceptable maximum level of meth ...

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Keeping Safe with Portable Pools8 Dec 2022

Keeping Safe with Portable Pools

Portable pools can be a lot of fun during summer, whether for the kids to play in, or the flatties ...

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Keep your rental clean this summer8 Dec 2022

Keep your rental clean this summer

Cleaning Heat Pump and Air Conditioning Filters Humidifier, heat pump and air-conditioning ...

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How do you prove you're a great tenant?8 Dec 2022

How do you prove you're a great tenant?

Changes in the Privacy Act 2020 affect how we can collect, store, use and dispose of someone’s ...

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Co-ownership: Buying a Home with Family or Friends8 Dec 2022

Co-ownership: Buying a Home with Family or Friends

Buying a first home in today’s market isn’t always easy, and for many prospective home buyers ...

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Alternative Accommodation for Tenants30 Nov 2022

Alternative Accommodation for Tenants

There is a misconception that when a property is damaged, either due to a natural disaster or flood ...

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Legislation for Swimming & Spa Pools16 Nov 2022

Legislation for Swimming & Spa Pools

Since 1 January 2017, the key legislation laying down provisions and obligations surrounding ...

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Healthy Homes Standards Assessments and Making a Plan26 Oct 2022

Healthy Homes Standards Assessments and Making a Plan

Did you know that if you have not had your rental property assessed for its current level of ...

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Landlord Responsibilities26 Oct 2022

Landlord Responsibilities

Section 45(1) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) lists the Landlord Responsibilities, with ...

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Heating: Healthy Homes Standards6 Oct 2022

Heating: Healthy Homes Standards

The Housing Improvement Regulations Act 1947 states that: ‘Every living room must be fitted with ...

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3 Easy Spring Home Improvements6 Oct 2022

3 Easy Spring Home Improvements

Spring signals a fresh approach and the perfect time to prepare your home for sunnier days. Here ...

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Repairs and Maintenance6 Oct 2022

Repairs and Maintenance

Ensuring that your investment property is well maintained is something that is particularly ...

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Property Management Privacy Update23 Sep 2022

Property Management Privacy Update

Harcourts has included articles in previous editions of the Property Management Focus newsletters ...

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The Importance of Regular Property Inspections15 Sep 2022

The Importance of Regular Property Inspections

Conducting routine property inspections is a vital part of managing your investment property. We ...

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Market Watch by Bryan Thomson31 Aug 2022

Market Watch by Bryan Thomson

The residential real estate market always seems to be on the front page of our many media ...

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How to Add Value To Your Property and Attract Better Tenants25 Aug 2022

How to Add Value To Your Property and Attract Better Tenants

There are a number of simple, cost-effective home improvement solutions that will increase the ...

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Landlord's Claim for Compensation - Denied1 Aug 2022

Landlord's Claim for Compensation - Denied

In a recent Tenancy Tribunal, a landlord claimed compensation from the tenant for kitchen vinyl and ...

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Selling a Rental Property1 Aug 2022

Selling a Rental Property

When a landlord decides to sell a rental property, they must tell the tenant in writing. Harcourts ...

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Healthy Homes Standards: What Defines a Living Room?1 Aug 2022

Healthy Homes Standards: What Defines a Living Room?

The Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 set out the minimum requirements for housing, with the ...

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Crackdown on Compliance in Rental Properties27 Jul 2022

Crackdown on Compliance in Rental Properties

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has issued the following media release regarding its ...

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Are You Looking for a Property Manager?26 Jul 2022

Are You Looking for a Property Manager?

There is no arguing the point that the residential property industry has seen a lot of changes in ...

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Tips for Dealing with Rising Mortgage Rates21 Jul 2022

Tips for Dealing with Rising Mortgage Rates

Rising interest rates are bad news for first home buyers and borrowers alike, with new homeowners ...

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Conserving Water in and Around The Home15 Jul 2022

Conserving Water in and Around The Home

Water consumption rates have increased since July 1st 2022. It's an important reminder to be ...

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Mould & Dampness and The Healthy Homes Standards14 Jul 2022

Mould & Dampness and The Healthy Homes Standards

There are five healthy homes standards that became law on 1 July 2019, with key compliance dates ...

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Wild Weather Can Cause Damage at your Rental Property5 Jul 2022

Wild Weather Can Cause Damage at your Rental Property

Find out what to do if your rental needs repairs after extreme weather or a natural disaster. ...

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Making Minor Changes to Your Rental Property30 Jun 2022

Making Minor Changes to Your Rental Property

This change to the Residential Tenancies Act provides clarity on what a minor change is and sets ...

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The latest on COVID updates and Real Estate8 Oct 2021

The latest on COVID updates and Real Estate

Our thoughts are with our clients and communities throughout New Zealand as we work our way through ...

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Dude, WHERE’S MY HEATPUMP!?13 May 2021

Dude, WHERE’S MY HEATPUMP!?

From 1 July 2021, private landlords must ensure their rental property complies with the healthy ...

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