Q&A

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The Tribunal's position on meth

  This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased):   Considering the inconclusiveness of what is a 'safe' level of meth presence, how would the Tenancy Tribunal decide on cases concerning the landlord's obligation to provide a safe home with respect to meth? You are right in pointing out the two competing opinions on what is considered 'safe' when it comes to ... read more
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Will increasing the rent give rise to a mandatory obligation to disclose insurance details

  This week's question comes from Peter (paraphrased):   In the case of an ongoing periodic tenancy that started before 27th August 2019, does the landlord's obligation to disclose insurance details to tenants become mandatory after a rent increase? To answer this question, we've turned to Kristine King from Duncan King Law. 'Section ... read more
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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 v... 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! ... 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... 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 re... 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-... 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 Standar... 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 ven... 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... 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