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Tribunal Rules Against Landlord in Smoke Alarms Case

July 2, 2018
Earlier this year an Auckland landlord was fined $2,000 by the Tenancy Tribunal for not fitting his rental property with smoke alarms in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations. The ruling was a stern reminder that all landlords must comply with smoke alarm legislation. Let’s look at how landlords and tenants can both ensure their rental properties meet the standard… How many smoke alarms does a house need? Smoke alarm requirements for rental properties are clearly outlined in the...

Is Modular Design Key to Delivering KiwiBuild on Time?

In March we talked about the state of the New Zealand housing market, sharing some developments that show it’s not all doom and gloom for house buyers and renters. In that post we touched on Housing Minister Phil Twyford commenting that the KiwiBuild policy, planning to construct 100,000 homes in ten years, was the answer to freeing up housing stock and increasing availability in the rental markets. The KiwiBuild policy isn’t without its detractors who say the target is unattainable and...

Does Christchurch Have Everything Auckland's Missing?

November 7, 2017
Auckland’s soaring house prices, traffic headaches and growing population are motivating its residents to up sticks and relocate elsewhere in God’s Zone. But where are they all going and why? Deciding to make the move Considering such a radical sea change is both frightening and exciting. The scary part is changing jobs and finding a house while holding down your current post – a logistical nightmare. The exciting part and the dream for most is the prospect of more affordable housing,...

Tenant of the Month - August 2017

September 12, 2017
Congratulations to Stacy and Kieran for taking out Tenant of the Month in August. Stacy and Kieran are fantastic tenants to deal with and they present the property beautifully. Our next tenant of the month will be drawn the first week of October.

Starting A Tenancy: A Guide for Tenants

April 5, 2017
If you’ve never rented a property before, you may be wondering where to start. By following the process recommended by Tenancy Services, you can find a great property and enjoy living in it happily for many years. We have written today’s post to break down the process so it’s easy to understand for anyone who is getting ready to rent a property for the first time. 1. Find a suitable flat or house First things first – it’s time to find...

Going on holiday? 7 Ways to keep an empty home safe and secure

December 2, 2015
Without people around over the holiday period there, things can fall into disrepair, disaster can strike, or unsavoury characters can wander in and steal precious belongings.

Tenant Insurance: What You Need to Know

September 5, 2014
If you are currently renting or planning to rent in the near future, it’s important that you consider purchasing tenants insurance.
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