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Lockdown Tenancy FAQs
We've put together the most commonly asked questions we receive about managing tenancies during the Lockdown.
21 August 2021
Who is responsible for pool maintenance?
So you're renting out a property with a pool. Lucky tenants! But who should be responsible for keeping it clean and paying for necessary repairs?
31 July 2021
Healthy Homes Standards - Ongoing Maintenance
Anything new installed in the rental property or provided to meet the Healthy Homes Standards must be maintained in good working order.
14 October 2020
NZ Property under Alert Level 2
The Health Act Order was signed off, and the Government released the official guidelines that the realestate industry needs to follow during Alert Level 2.
13 May 2020
COVID-19: Maintenance and inspections during Alert Level 3
The Government has announced some clarification about Level 3 restrictions. Here is what you need to know about conducting inspections and addressing maintenance issues.
30 April 2020
COVID-19: How will Alert Level 3 restrictions affect NZ landlords?
Under Alert Level 3, we will still have significant restrictions on our day-to-day lives. Still, the Government has announced important improvements to the realestate sector, which will allow many landlords to regain some normality.
17 April 2020
Can landlords still do maintenance and inspections during COVID-19 (Level 4)?
Landlords should prepare for a country-wide lockdown starting this week and consider how the COVID-19 crisis might change your obligations as a landlord.
22 March 2020
What can you deduct from the bond?
Majority of disputes between landlords and tenants happen at the end of the tenancy and usually are about the bond. So landlords should know what amounts they are, in fact, entitled to deduct lawfully.
29 November 2019
Avoid These Common Landlord Mistakes
Becoming a landlord is a daunting task. Where to start, how to make sure you don't miss anything, what can be done to make sure you don't lose money (and sleep) down the track?
11 June 2019
Who pays for unexpected charges caused by a water leak?
Plumbing leaks can cause a lot of headaches to both landlords and tenants. Dealing with plumbers, insurers, potential damage to flooring and fixtures and unexpected repair costs are all painful enough. But who picks up the bill for unexpected water or heating charges?
6 March 2019
Good Reasons Why Landlords Should Not Fall Behind On Maintenance
A new Tenancy Tribunal decision demonstrates, neglecting serious maintenance issues can have big financial implications.
21 August 2018
Making your rental property attractive to tenants
Ever wondered why some properties are rented within days and others sit vacant for weeks on end? Most often than not it comes down to property features and how appealing the property is to potential tenants.
20 August 2018
Who’s really responsible for pest control in a rental property?
When a pest infestation occurs at a property, both the landlord and tenant are likely to be eager to fix the problem. To learn where the responsibility of pest eradication lies, different circumstances will need to be evaluated.
9 August 2018
10 Tips for renovating your property to maximise rental return
It’s no surprise that a well-renovated, freshly refurbished property attracts more interest from higher quality tenants but also higher rents. If you finally decide to spend some hard-earned money on your investment property, you'll want to make sure the renovation will maximise your rental yields.
8 August 2018
Advice to new landlords
Buying an investment property is an exciting venture, but becoming a first time landlord can be a little daunting. You bought the property... now what?
27 July 2018
Property Repair and Maintenance Obligations As A Landlord
A landlord is required to maintain their property in a reasonable state of repair and comply with all relative legislation.
22 June 2018
When do landlords have the right to enter the property?
As a landlord you have the right to access your rental property at certain times with proper notice and after permission has been granted by your tenant. These rules help to ensure that your tenants are receiving their entitlement to quiet enjoyment.
4 May 2018
Illegal things landlords do without realising
Most landlords are genuinely trying to do their best at managing their rental properties. However, nobody is perfect. Sometimes inexperience and unfamiliarity with the ever-changing tenancy law lead to mistakes and actions that could be considered illegal.
23 February 2018
Smoke Alarm Requirements for Rental Homes
All rental properties must have working smoke alarms that meet the legal requirements - it is important that both landlords and tenants understand their legal obligations to install and maintain smoke alarms.
31 January 2018
2019 Insulation Minimum Requirements: are you compliant?
From 1 July 2019, it will be compulsory for all rental properties to meet the new minimum insulation requirements. All landlords should check that the insulation at their properties meets the standards and take action if necessary before the new requirements become compulsory.
22 January 2018
Budget friendly rental upgrades you can do yourself
As a landlord, there is never enough time to do everything. Property maintenance and upkeep is often pushed to the side and postponed until a later date. There is no better time than now to spend a couple of hours or even a few days on improving your investment property.
17 December 2017
Resolving Disputes and Going to the Tenancy Tribunal
Disputes are usually best resolved by negotiation and agreement between landlords and tenants. If you need to go further and seek mediation or a tribunal order, it’s important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or tenant.
13 November 2017
Notice to Remedy
What is a Notice to Remedy? When should you send one? How should it be sent to the tenant or landlord?
6 November 2017
Maintenance and Repairs: who's responsible?
Maintenance and repairs issues are best resolved through discussion and positive communication between landlords and tenants. It's important to understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to fixing these issues.
30 October 2017