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Starting A Tenancy: A Guide for Landlords

March 6, 2017
Starting A Tenancy: A Guide for Landlords According to New Zealand’s 2013 census, over 30% of Christchurch households live in a rented home, a number that matches the nationwide average. With the large number of people renting homes each year, it’s important that certain processes are followed to ensure a fair arrangement for tenants and landlords alike. The laws that protect landlords and tenants are set forth in the Residential Tenancies Act. At First Avenue we have worked with many clients...

Infographic - The Impact of the Quake

February 22, 2017
On this day six years ago at 12.51pm, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred in Christchurch, causing widespread devastation and loss of life. The event had both immediate and gradual impacts to both the people, housing and businesses within the Canterbury region. To mark today's significance, we have created an infographic that visualises just some of the many ways the Christchurch earthquake impacted the communities within Canterbury. We hope you find it interesting as we all reflect on the events that...

Our Top 5 Property Management Tips for Summer

January 17, 2017
Summer is finally here, but the change of seasons brings a new set of challenges for landlords. In general, landlords can expect their tenants to have fewer problems in the summer than in the winter – there are no leaky roofs or heating problems to contend with, for example. That being said, we’ve noticed that a few problems can crop up when the weather gets warmer. To help you prepare for a successful and happy summer, we’ve put together our top...

Solving Tenancy Disputes Through Mediation

October 3, 2016
As a landlord, you are bound to encounter issues with a tenant at some point or another. In the majority of cases, these problems can be resolved amicably through a simple conversation. Sometimes, however, you might need the help of a mediator to resolve the issue and/or make the resolution legally binding. In today’s post we’re going to describe the benefits of mediation and explain how the mediation process works. Resolving tenancy issues Tenancy issues can range from very small to...

Monthly Christchurch Property Market Commentary - 22/09/2016

September 23, 2016
View Melissa's latest interview with StyleTV.

Rent heat cools as homes are replaced

August 20, 2014
From the Press today, Melissa Benge Director of First Avenue Property comments... Demand for $1000-plus rental homes in Christchurch is cooling fast and heat is starting to come off the rest of the market too. With homes getting fixed and rebuilt, stock across all rental brackets has more than doubled in 18 months. About 1200 homes are available in the city, up from a low point of 580 early last year, and letting agents report a drop in short-term tenancies. Property...

Air your views now about those frustrating pedantic building rules

July 22, 2014
You just may be heard as the government set up a Rules Reduction Taskforce to weed out those rediculous rules... http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10294525/Ridiculous-pedantic-rules-be-gone

A Liveable City - Have your say...

July 17, 2014
The Christchurch Central Development Unit and CERA have published a new chapter in the Chirstchurch Central Recovery Plan that asks for written comments on the ideas and objectives outlined. The chapter puts forward a vision and objectives for central city living, along with several initiatives to stimulate the development of housing and communities and in this way help central Christchurch to recover and thrive. The period for making written comments will be from 16 July 2014 to 13 August 2014. TAKE...

Christchurch Flood Risk Zones May Be Expanded

April 2, 2014
When revised flood management maps were released in October 2012, nearly 2500 Christchurch properties were identfied as being at risk of flooding as a result of the city's earthquakes. As such, the Christchurch City Council will be expanding the flood zone by as much as 30% throughout the city. In these areas, all new homes and commercial buildings will be required to have their floor levels at a height that protects them from a one-in-200-year flooding event. Read the full article...
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