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Steve Hegh: I have $20K to spend on Healthy Homes, how do I get the most bang out of my buck?

The Healthy Home Standards became law last year, and the first deadline is coming up on 1 July – where you must include a statement of your current level of compliance in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement. Then, by 1 July 2021, you must be compliant within 90 days for any new tenancies. So, if you have a budget of $20k to spend on making your property a healthy home, how shou...
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Get ready for summer!

We've got together with some of our good friends to bring you a list of summer landlord tips. Take a look: Dean Larritt, Maintain To Profit Minimise the need for emergency repairs over the summer. Check that all of your rentals are secure by giving the door- and window- locks a once-over before you head off on holiday. Ron Goodwin December/January are typically high-churn m...
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How to build your B&H dream team

It is often said that real wealth with property comes with time. You are more likely to succeed if you take the long-term approach to accumulate both cash flow and capital gain over time. Which is why it is so important for any investor to build a strong investment team, not just for now, but for the long term. The goal here is for all the elements of your team to come together lik...
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What is fair wear and tear?

Unlike most commercial leases which can require tenants to leave the property as they found it, residential landlords are expected to inherit fair wear and tear by the tenants at our own costs. It goes without saying that there is a very fine line between fair wear and tear and what constitutes damages. Understandably both parties to a residential tenancy have good reasons to take a diagram...
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How to stop tenants from 'breaking-bad'?

It was one of those shows that is entertaining on the telly but an absolute nightmare in real life. It goes without saying that Breaking Bad has hit a raw nerve in the landlord community. Residential rental properties are considered prime locations for clandestine meth labs. The high risks of fire, explosion, and toxic fumes make weekly rental payments almost negligible. More troubling s...
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20 Practical Tips for Renovating Your Rental Properties

Property investors always talk about buying low, bang on some renovation et voilà! Capital Gain! But as it has always been said, easier said than done, what exactly do you have to do to a property to maximise its capital potential? We had a dig through the APIA archives and look what we found! A vintage oldie but a goodie - Cliff Seque's 20 top tips for rental property renovat...
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Love Thy Tenants And Thou Shalt Be Rewarded

Last night we had our inaugural APIA landlord tenant round table discussion at the North Auckland meeting group. The panel consisted of landlords, tenants and those who are both a landlord and a tenant. While we accept that the Residential Tenancies Act outline the legal framework within which landlords and tenants must operate, at the end of the day, residential tenancy is about people ...
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