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A broken heater lead to a $2250 fine

By now, APIA landlords should be well aware of the 1947 Housing Improvement Regulations (HIR) and how it relates to s45 of the Residential Tenancies Act. The Tribunal, historically, has certainly not shied away from enforcing elements of the HIR especially as it relates to dampness. Increasingly, however, we are seeing it being relied on in decisions pertaining to deficient heating. For... read more
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Peter Lewis: Progress on The Methamphetamine Contamination Issue

After considerable discussion and input from a number of interested parties including the Property Investors Federation, the New Zealand Standard NZS 8510:2017 on the testing and decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties was released in August last year. Most landlords want to provide properties that are safe and secure for their tenants, but are naturally also concerne... read more
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What does it take for your rental to be 'safe and healthy'?

Most of us are fully aware that one of the hallmark obligations of being a landlord is to provide our tenants with a safe and healthy home. However, there isn't a lot of instructive authority beyond the wordings of s45 of the Residential Tenancies Act. Amongst other things, s45 requires landlords to: ... (b) provide and maintain the premises in a reasonable state of repair having re... read more
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Failure to lodge bond is no joke

54 Tribunal orders amounting to $38,713.76 in exemplary damages and costs against an Invercargill landlord are reasons enough for all of us refresh our understanding of landlords’ bond duties. After an exhaustive investigation by the Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment brought 54 Tribunal applications ... read more
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Pre-purchase checks you should never forget about

It is largely accepted that buying a rental is different to buying a home. Investors buy on projected yield and growth making purchasing a rental a somewhat mechanical process (if you repeat it often enough). But what if you are buying a rental and an existing tenancy? Should you broaden your due diligence and look at anything other than the numbers? Take a look at the recent Trib... read more
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How to establish a claim at the Tenancy Tribunal?

This week's Tribunal case digest relates to Simpson, Alan Geraint vs K & S Ballantyne Family Trust, JR Kerr Family Trust and other parties. The way the adjudicator sets out the order serves as a lesson for landlords on presenting and asserting your claim at the Tribunal. As our commentary largely relates to process (rather than the application of the Residential Tenancies Act), I wi... read more
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Parry reversed - Tribunal activism gone too far?

Considering the tremendous stress Anderson v FM Custodians Ltd has had on the landlord community, Vic Inglis’ successful appeal at the District Court is nothing short than an extraordinary, and much needed, relief. In September this year, Mr. Inglis was ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal (citing Anderson as authority) to refund his former tenant, Natalie Parry, nearly $11,000 of ren... read more
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Tenancy adjudicators can spot your crazy a mile off

If ever there was a reminder for landlords to remain collected and evenly keeled, it is Wicjhita Holdings Limited vs Ross, Helena. Boy… what a case. Background Helena Ross’ tenancy from Wicjhita Holdings Limited (“WHL”) was subject to an earlier Tribunal decision which resulted in a termination and money order against the landlord, WHL. Application 4090334 to which this c... read more
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Ouch! Absent or defective insulation statement could set y​ou back $500

From 1 July 2016, all new residential tenancy agreements are required to include a signed insulation statement detailing the extent of insulation in the property. At the time of passage, this requirement was seen by many as a bureaucratic intermediary in anticipation of universal insulation by 2019. But if its recent orders are anything to go by, it is apparent that the Tribunal has... read more
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Could this be the start to the end of FM Custodian?

The landlord industry has been rocked, in recent months, by the effects of the High Court's decision of Anderson v FM Custodians Ltd [2013] NZHC 2423. Specifically, the case has been cited as authority for tenants to claw back 100% of all rents paid throughout the time of tenancy at the point of dispute. It doesn't take much to acknowledge the gross injustice in most cases wher... 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