Information for tenants

What First Avenue Property Have Learned From COVID-19

July 3, 2020
In recent months we have had to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions on the fly along with the rest of the country. While we’re still subject to certain requirements in Level 1, we’ve actually adapted some of our Level 4, 3 and 2 learnings to improve the ongoing services we provide landlords and residential tenants.

How to get your bond back at the end of your tenancy

May 14, 2020
Getting your bond back at the end of a rental property tenancy is an important part of moving to a new house. Some tenants depend on their money being refunded in full to help them cover moving costs, while some overlook this vital step when ending their tenancy because they’re unsure how to apply for a bond refund.

6 Ways Renting in New Zealand Has Changed Since the '80s

March 3, 2020
New Zealand’s renting industry has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. Let’s look at six ways the industry has changed since the 1980s.

Do you Know About the Next Healthy Homes Bill Deadline?

December 3, 2019
Before the Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) come into force on 1 July 2021, there is a more pressing deadline of 1 July 2020 that private landlords need to be proactively working to meet.

Tenants to Pay for Rental Damage Following Law Change

September 2, 2019
In addition to the new insulation standards that came into effect, July 2019 also saw new tenancy legislation passed regarding tenants’ liability for damage caused by careless behaviour.

How the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act Will Affect Private Landlords

August 6, 2019
Landlords should now be fully aware of (and taking swift steps to meet) the insulation-related legislation changes that came into effect on 1 July 2019.

Does Christchurch Have Everything Auckland's Missing?

June 6, 2019
Auckland’s traffic headaches, growing population and housing shortage and unaffordability continue to motivate its residents to up sticks and relocate elsewhere in God’s Zone. But where are they all going and why?

Can Chlorine Damage Your Hot Water Cylinder?

March 1, 2019
With the recent chlorination of Christchurch’s water supply, we’ve seen a directly correlated increase in the failing of hot water cylinders in the properties we manage. We thought we’d give you the lowdown on the chlorination issue as a whole, and let you know what signs to look out for to ensure your cylinder isn’t on the blink.

Quick Tips for Starting or Ending a Tenancy

February 1, 2019
If you are new to renting, about to sign a new tenancy agreement or wondering what you need to do as you end a tenancy; there are lots of helpful tips available on the Tenancy Services website to aid you. Here, we offer a quick run-down with links to resources that will answer any questions you have.

12 Top Tips for Moving House

November 1, 2018
Moving house is an inevitable part of our lives and can be very stressful without a little planning.  There is a lot to consider, whether you’re moving across town, to a new town/city or even to a new country and each will require a different plan of attack.
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