APIA Blog

RSS Feed

HHS: Can landlords self-inspect?

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
 

Question from Mark: 

Can landlords complete our own HHS inspection? My property manager says only third party inspectors can. 

Legally there is no restriction on who can or cannot inspect the current level of HHS compliance at a rental property. Landlords can certainly self-inspect and many do. 

However, some property management companies, for very good reasons (business process and standardisation, risk mitigation etc) require properties under their management to be inspected by a third party inspection company. Oftentimes, the management company will go as far as appointing a specific inspector. Whether you, as the customer, are required to consent to (and pay for) the inspection will depend on your agreement with the management company as well as its' general terms and conditions. 

If you are required to consent to a third-party inspection, it would be sensible to reach out to your property manager in the first instance to understand the following:
  1. Whether the inspection is mandatory or if you could supply the necessary information as to the level of compliance at your properties?
  2. Had there been any due diligence/market research carried out by the property manager before appointing the inspector to carry out the work? What's the reason for appointing this specific inspector over the others?
  3. Is the property management company or its directors associated with the inspection company in any way?
  4. Does the inspection company carry any indemnity insurance and what does that mean to you?
  5. Would you and your tenants receive a copy of the report?
  6. What is the inspection cost and has the property manager negotiated a sharp price for all of its clients? 
Do you have any tenancy related questions? Write to us at admin@apia.org.nz or hit us up on our social channels here and here

 

 

 

 

Recent Posts


Tags

rent unitary plan gluckman report ird building shower dome financial advisers act rent arrears heating property apprentice television initio extractor fan fixed-term tenancy anz property value smoke alarm interest only property housing bubble sale and purchas twg report damage TCIT housing affordability first home buying scotney williams mindset warren buffett rent increase winz renovation insurance commerce commission business development parry v inglis mortgage tenancy services privacy Must know Jeff Bezos Must knows principal and interest LIM barfoot and thompson rta interest rates market landlord ask an expert banking Property (Relationships) Act partners ocr HHGA meth short-term rental personal growth government recycling equity Landlording lvr yield beginner investor Guest blog Editor's Choice trespass tax sale and purchase clnz HHS Level 4 relationship khh tenancy tribunal will sublease speculator debt enforcement positive cash flow property cycle Market report cash-flow How to inspection off the plan auckland rtaa2020 rental wof Investment tip property maintenance minor dwelling ring-fencing trust cgt termination skill shortage bond income rta reform buyer's agent Kris Pedersen Mortgages and Insurance investor capital gain Case study letting property management CoreLogic rental market buying bond form return data security RTAA 2019 holiday house Sponsored post warm up new zealand productivity Tribunal case study ventilation legal nzpif RBNZ tenancy issues heater airbnb asbestos Question and answer tenant subdivision structure worksafe watercare reserve bank equity market rent bad tenant insulation management boarding house covid-19 robert kiyosaki opes partners advice negotiation Holler house prices investment strategy election 2017 buying rules maintenance Investor story wins Q&A kiwibuild Standards New Zealand Gluckman trademe CCC HSWA p lab education cat finance letting fee water bill auckland council election2020 wealth creation DTI meth contamination

Archive

Introducing Our Partners
Principal Sponsor - Kris Pedersen Mortgages & Insurance logo Gold Sponsor - Barfoot & Thompson logo Gold Sponsor - CoreLogic logo Property Apprentice logo The Insulation Warehouse logo The Renovation Team logo The New Zealand Property Investors' Federation logo
09 360 2376
info@apia.org.nz

The Tenancy Practice Service and TPS Credit Control work closely with the Auckland Property Investors' Association. Our vision of bringing helpful resources, documents and high quality services to Auckland Property Investors and Property Managers is shared by APIA, so its a partnership that works well. 

The Auckland Property Investors' Association is a great organisation for those who want access to advice and information from a range of industry experts and partners. 



Mathieu Holt- Managing Director, The Tenancy Practice Service & TPS Credit Control
Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

Janice Bieleski
I read two articles in the monthly magazine that saved me over $5,000. That is my membership fee for the next 26 years and I am sure I will learn a whole lot more! John Duncan
Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

Thanks to all APIA event organizers and administrators for your brilliant work. 

Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

My APIA membership has become a total success.

Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

Talk about value for money! The discounts I have been getting at Bunnings when I present my APIA membership card have more than paid for my annual subscription!

Tim Duffett, Plan A Investments Limited