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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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Template certificate for rental insulation

This week's question comes from Paul (paraphrased): Where can I download a template certificate for insulation at rental properties? Perhaps it would be prudent to preface the answer somewhat. To be clear, an insulation certificate is not the same as an insulation statement. The latter is a mandatory requirement for your tenancy agreement under both Minimum Standards and Health... read more
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Is a shower dome HHS friendly?

This week's question comes from Matt (paraphrased): The HHS requires that there be an externally vented extractor fan to be placed in the bathroom. What if there is a shower dome in place so that condensation is not a problem? A shower dome does not qualify as an exemption for the HHS ventilation standards. You are still bound to install an externally ventilated extractor fa... read more
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HHS heating standards for tenants on Globug

This week's question comes from Helen (paraphrased): It appears that Fujitsu NZ does not recommend installing its heat pumps at properties that are on Globug (Globug is a prepaid power service that connects and disconnects power in between account top-ups) as recurring connection followed by disconnection can damage the hardware. My tenant is on Globug, what should I do about the Healt... read more
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Unconventional ways to increase rent

This week's question comes from John (paraphrased): With respect to rent increases can you: 1. Give notice for two or more phased increases e.g. rather than one notice for $20 increase in 60 days give one notice for two $10 increase, one in 60 days and another in 240 days)? 2. Have as a condition in the tenancy agreement to increase the rent by $x per head for any additional... read more
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More roadblocks to ringfencing?

This week's question comes from Tania (paraphrased): Now that submissions have closed for ring-fencing, what happens next? Is there anything else investors can do to stop it from becoming law? Andrew King from the New Zealand Property Investors' Federation kindly replies below: Public submissions on ring-fencing have closed, so our opportunity to have input into the matter has of... read more
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How safe is Google Drive for storing banking and investment documents?

This week's question comes from Alex (paraphrased): Is it safe to use Google Drive to store all of my banking and tenancy/investment documents? How often should I change my password? Vijay Nyayapati from Redbrick Technology Limited kindly responds below: Google Drive has been strong on security, provided you follow their recommendations such as having strong passwor... read more
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CGT on family homes with rent-by-room

This week's question comes from Tina (paraphrased): The TWG report recommends that family homes be exempt from its proposed CGT. If I sell a family home which has had rooms rented out over a period of time, would I have to pay CGT on the sale or a portion of the sale? Amanda Watt from Shortland CA kindly responds below: Based on the TWG's final report - you will ... read more
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Is remedial insulation deductible?

This week's question comes from Ron (paraphrased): What is the tax treatment for remedial insulation on a rental property where existing insulation is going to be topped up (i.e. part repair part improvement)? Mark Withers from Withers Tsang kindly responds below: The government has not assisted the push for better insulation of Kiwi homes by failing to clarify the capital/revenu... read more

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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