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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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No Extensions for Insulation Compliance 

26 May 2019

The need to provide rental homes in New Zealand with proper insulation has been in the news since 2016 when the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) underwent some major changes. The deadline for landlords to adhere to the new compliance standards is 1st July 2019. Now that we are about to enter the month of June, […]

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Periodic and Fixed-Term Tenancy: What’s the Difference?

25 April 2019

Most landlords and tenants will have heard about the two most common tenancy agreements, i.e., periodic and fixed-term tenancies. Understanding the differences between these types is very important as it can help you decide which suits you best. Let’s take a look at what each of these tenancy agreements entail. What is a Periodic Tenancy? […]

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