Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice

Understanding Strata Management in New Zealand: What it Means for Property Investors

As a property investor in New Zealand, it is vital that you understand strata management and its impact on your investment. Also referred to as body corporate management or apartment complex management, strata management refers to a system used for multi-unit properties like apartments, townhouses and mixed-use developments that requires strata title ownership management systems … Read more

The value of property managers.

You own the property – let our property managers own the hassles.  Rental properties are a great investment. But do you have the knowledge and time to invest in yours? We provide a tailored property management solution, whether you have a single rental property or a growing investment portfolio. With us, you aren’t just getting … Read more

Energy efficient ways to heat your home this winter

Good for the planet, your tenants, and your pocket. Making energy-efficient choices to heat your home this winter just got easier with ANZ’s new Good Energy Home Loan top-up.  ANZ is committed to helping you make your property warmer, drier and more energy efficient by offering a top-up of your ANZ home loan at a … Read more

The importance of conducting routine inspections

Routine property inspections are beneficial for both landlords and tenants.  From a landlord’s perspective, conducting routine property inspections is essential to protect your investment. They allow you to visit the property and check that everything is in working order, there is no damage to the property and that the tenants have been keeping things reasonably … Read more

Rental Property Maintenance – Who is responsible for the Lawns and Garden?

A common cause of dispute – who is responsible for maintaining the lawns and garden of a rental property?  Tenant responsibility for garden maintenance Tenants’ are responsible for keeping the rental property reasonably clean and tidy. This includes mowing the lawns and weeding the gardens where applicable. In some circumstances, your landlord may be happy … Read more

What kind of Tenancy do I have?

Tenancies aren’t one size fits all – there are different types of tenancy agreements that you may have. The most common being periodic tenancy or fixed-term tenancy. It is important that you understand the unique set of rules that accompany your tenancy prior to signing the agreement. Periodic Tenancy Periodic tenancy agreements have no end … Read more

Renting with pets

It’s no secret that we Kiwis love our furry friends. With more than 4.35 million companion animals in New Zealand, the number of pets almost outnumbers humans. 64% of people in New Zealand have at least one pet, so why is it still so uncommon to find a pet-friendly rental?  When looking to tenant your … Read more

Privacy in the Rental Sector

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) announced the possibility of mystery shopper spot-checks coming into play in the near future as a means to determine how well landlords are complying with the new privacy rules for the rental sector.  Further guidance on the privacy changes is available here.  The collection and storage of tenants’ … Read more

Do tenants and landlords need insurance? 

Both landlords and tenants should understand the importance of insurance.  There is no legal obligation for New Zealand landlords to take out insurance. However, it is always important to take measures to protect your investment.  Your insurance coverage will differ based on your insurance provider and your personal policy. Your rental property must be insured … Read more

Healthy Homes Compliance Statement | Avoiding fines

New Zealand landlords must include a Healthy Homes Compliance Statement in all new or renewed tenancy agreements.  The compliance statement outlines what has been done to meet the Healthy Homes Standards and what still needs to be done. We strongly recommend getting this done by a third party to reduce any liability on you as … Read more