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Can the OPC smack landlords?

This week's question comes from Thomas (paraphrased): What are the legal effects (if any) of the OPC's guidelines for landlords and what enforcement power does the OPC have? You will recall that over the course of the last few months, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner published, took back and republished its Guidance for landlords and tenants. The latest version (with th... read more
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You want to test for meth but your tenant says 'No'

Landlords can now enter onto the property* to test for meth contamination. The latest amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act gives landlords the right to enter onto the property to test for meth contamination provided that the following s48(ba) conditions are met: That a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of 14 days notice has been given to the tenant advising the reason for ent... read more
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OCR predictions - should they be taken seriously?

This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased): The Internet is riddled with OCR predictions. Every commentator sounds just as learned and trustworthy as the next. How seriously should property investors take these predictions? To answer this question, we've turned to Ryan Smuts from Kris Pedersen Mortgages & Insurance. Ryan, take it away! 'While ... read more
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Peter Lewis: How much is too much?

Recently we have had a friend call us. She lives in Melbourne but has a rental property in West Auckland. The tenant has just moved out, so the friend had come over to Auckland for a week to see how it was all going. She asked for me to go with her to visit the now-vacant property, carry out a full property inspection, and see what would need to be done to keep the place complian... read more
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Rumour has it...

Landlords are, understandably, feeling vindicated and excited about the RTAA 2019 which now makes tenants liable (up to a certain extent) for carelessly damaging the property. But Parliament being Parliament, its legislative language leaves much to be desired. It should come as no surprise then that various hot-takes arrived at different conclusions as to exactly how will the tenants be ... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What investors need to know about the recent OCR cut

The OCR has been cut recently by 0.5% - a lot higher than many economists were initially expecting. What might this mean for the borrower? Over the last fortnight, we at the Kris Pedersen Mortgages team have seen some key effects come into play: across the market floating rates have dropped and in many cases, as much as 0.5%. Lenders like ASB for example took their floating rate down f... read more
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Is the RTAA insurance disclosure a step too far?

This week's question comes from Sue: I have just been advised that with the changes to the Residential Tenancy Act my property manager needs to file my insurance policy pertaining to our rental and the amount of excess and supply both to our tenant on request. Do you have an opinion on supplying such information to a tenant? I understand it has become law, but it seems like a gr... read more
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RTAA 2019 - a partial reversal of Holler

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) received its Royal Assent on 30th July 2019 bringing about significant changes for landlords to pay attention to. One such change concerns careless damages caused by tenants at rental properties. Note that this commentary relates only to careless damages caused by tenants at rental properties. 1. Background Prior to 2... read more
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Hardwired smoke alarms at rental properties

This week's question comes from Zosie (paraphrased): Is there a law governing smoke alarms that are wired into house alarms? Who is authorised to check that these alarms are in working order and how often do they need to check it? In answering Zosie's question, we will be speaking specifically about residential tenancy setting aside any issues relating to building, ... read more
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Extending fix-term tenancies

This week's question comes from John (paraphrased): What notice, if any, is required to extend a fixed-term tenancy? There are a couple of ways to keep a tenancy live, so to speak, at the end of a fixed-term agreement. Option 1: The tenancy continues as a periodic tenancy at the end of the fixed-term. Any fixed-term tenancy that is longer than 90-days automatica... read more

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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