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The recent passing of the Healthy Homes Bill has put the idea of a warrant of fitness (WOF) for rental housing back on the minds of tenants and landlords alike. While it is unclear whether or not compulsory rental WOFs will come into effect anytime soon, there’s no denying that they have the potential to shake up the rental market—perhaps for the better.

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In an effort to make New Zealand homes warmer, drier and safer, new rental insulation laws, are set to come into effect on 1 July 2019. As a landlord, it’s important to understand what the new requirements are and how to comply with them—or else risk the penalties.

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$5.5 million: up to the end of September 2017, that’s the total reported cost of testing and decontaminating meth-infested homes in the Housing New Zealand portfolio. No wonder, then, that the use and production of P in rental properties is a growing concern for local landlords.

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Getting on with your tenants is great - but being too buddy-buddy can end up doing more harm than good. Using a property manager to keep a healthy distance between yourself and the people in your investment property is integral to making the most of your portfolio.

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Finding the right tenant for your rental property can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. With close to 40 per cent of households in New Zealand renting, a growing number of international visitors and students as well as rising property prices extending rental tenure, it’s no wonder that the volume of renter inquiries can be overwhelming.

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It’s a good time to be a landlord in New Zealand: capital gains over the last few years have left many with strong equity in their portfolio Meanwhile, TradeMe data has revealed that average rents across the nation are performing strongly too.

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