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Peter Lewis: On tenancy disputes

Tenant advocates frequently claim that private-sector residential tenants are powerless pawns in the hands of greedy and uncaring landlords. They claim that when a tenant makes a request for their landlord to fix something on the property that they are entitled to have fixed, the landlord either ignores them or terminates the tenancy in retaliation. Some tenants have highlighted their... 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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Peter Lewis: Selecting a new tenant

Acquiring a new tenant for a residential rental is always a stressful time, stressful for both those applying for the tenancy and for the landlord. The landlord is generally in the position that he is receiving no rental income from that property, but of course his costs in the form of rates, insurance, and most likely mortgage interest relentlessly continue every day. Thus the lan... read more
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Peter Lewis: On the shortage of residential rentals

All the heat, light and thunder of the Capital Gains Tax controversy has faded away into the sunset, leaving only the whimpering and much disillusioned harping from the Green Party faithful in its wake. Fortunately, I did not devote too much of my time to agitating against the proposals as it seemed evident to me that the whole exercise was a political ploy with the usually predet... read more
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Kelvin Davidson: The tax ring-fence is unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour

From April 1st the tax ring-fence for rental property losses needs to be accounted for by investors. It is currently going through the ‘bill to law’ process, which starts with a select committee and then ends up before Parliament for the final stage. In other words, although it’s not law just yet, it looks pretty likely to pass and once approved will apply to the current tax year (end... read more
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Kristine King: A 101 on Rent-to-Buy

Rent to buy can be an option to purchase a home when you are not in a position to borrow from a bank and purchase on the open market. However, there are several issues that vendors and purchasers should consider. Securing the Purchaser’s Occupancy The purchaser has a beneficial interest in the property, which gives them a right to caveat the title to the propert... read more
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Peter Lewis: What can you deduct?

Given the ongoing publicity and often heated discussions, all landlords should by now know that there are a number of mandatory upgrades and enhancements that will be required for all residential rental properties over the next few years. We have already passed the date when it became compulsory to install smoke alarms in all such properties, and we are very near the time... read more
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Shaun Peacock: Building consents - a FAQ

In light of recent smack-down of unconsented work being carried out in Auckland, we thought it would be a great opportunity for all of us to learn about building consents, CCCs, inspections and all that fun stuff. Big thank you to Shaun Peacock and the team at Duncan King Law for providing excellent answers to these FAQs. What is a Building Consent? A Building Consent is the ... read more
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Peter Lewis: What's the use of PhDs when so many of us don't know what to do with a hammer?

Some years ago, shortly after I bought my block of flats, a family moved into one of the units. They stayed for a few years, then let me know they were moving out but they had an auntie who would like take over the flat. That worked well and auntie stayed for quite a while until she too decided to move on. Naturally, she had a second cousin twice-... read more
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Peter Lewis: Even old dogs can learn new tricks

Long ago, when I first became a landlord, there was no Facebook, no chat groups, and communication between landlords was minimal. Learning to run a residential rental was similar to learning to ride a bicycle – trial and error at the cost of scraped knees and bruised knuckles. I fell down, got fleeced, swindled, and defrauded. But somehow I survived. However, life is ... 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.  

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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!

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