Market Updates

What You Need to Know About Healthy Homes Standards

18 May 2020

The healthy homes standards became law with effect from 1 July 2019. The new guidelines have revised the standard requirements (both specific and minimum) as they relate to heating, ventilation, insulation, drainage, draught, and moisture ingress in all rental properties. The goal of the new standards is to improve the quality of life of New […]

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Moving Houses During Alert Level 4

10 April 2020

Anyone moving into a rental property should consider the new guidelines issued by the Director General of Health on the 3rd of April, 2020, under Section 70 of the Health Act.  This notice aims to provide guidance for movement during the COVID-19 lockdown Alert Level 4. Tenants should read the notice before making any plans […]

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The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 went into effect on 27 August 2019

26 August 2019

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 went into effect on 27 August 2019. It affects both landlords and tenants. The purpose of the Act is to encourage residential tenants to take good care of their rental properties and to ensure landlords provide cost-effective insurance. The Act also seeks to protect tenants from liability for excessive […]

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Fire Safety Checklist for landlords and tenants

22 July 2019

Landlords are legally obliged to make their properties safe for tenants. They can do this by identifying and addressing fire hazards and by maintaining a fire alert system that warns tenants in the case of fire. If you’re a landlord, this checklist will help you maintain a safe property.             […]

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Mould and Damp in Rental Properties

20 June 2019

Dampness causes mould, and mould can cause health problems. Landlords are obligated to keep their rental homes free from mould, and cannot rent a property to occupants until mould and dampness problems have been addressed. Mould typically occurs when the gutters of the property fail, or pipes develop leaks. Poor ventilation, roof leaks, and ineffective insulation can also lead to mould.

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