How Does the New Government Impact Rental Properties in Auckland, NZ?
On the 19th of October 2017, we saw New Zealand First form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens. All the parties campaigned heavily on rental property reform, which will include changes to rental properties and the entire industry. It’s going to mean being a landlord in Auckland and across the country will be harder and more expensive. Today, we are discussing the likely changes we will see with this new government. (more…)October 31st, 2017
There’s a lot of confusion out there with landlords and tenants about who pays what when it comes to Watercare’s water bills. The first thing you need to know is Watercare is an organization owned by the Auckland City Council. It takes care of the water supply and treatment throughout the Auckland region. It also controls the billing of water rates throughout the Auckland region. (more…)September 19th, 2017
If you’re an Auckland landlord and you’re wondering about rental property insulation requirements, it’s compulsory to install insulation in your property. On the 1st of July, 2019, it will be mandatory that you fit all your properties with insulation in the ceiling and underfloor. (more…)September 12th, 2017
On the 23rd of September this year New Zealand’s election will take place. Here’s what the main parties, Labour and National, key policies are on Housing: (more…)August 19th, 2017
Walker Weir has the edge over its competitors when it comes to advertising your property for rent.
We use cutting edge systems which mean tenants can not only book in for viewings online but also apply for our properties online 24/7 without the inconvenience of having to print, scan and sign forms.
Properties need to be advertised with good images. A poor photograph can lead to low levels of interest and poor turn out at viewings. With this in mind we put extra care into every photograph and make sure we get the best angles and high quality needed.
Meth is the common term used to describe the drug methamphetamine. The use of this drug is on the rise in New Zealand, and it’s prevalent in every part of the population; across all sectors of society. The impact that this drug can have on a rental property is serious, and there will be landlords out there who are ignorant to the fact that meth is being used or even manufactured in their property. (more…)January 18th, 2017
Property owners now have no choice when it comes to installing smoke alarms in rental properties. All rental properties must have sufficient smoke alarms in place to meet the new building codes. These are a few of the smoke alarm guidelines that you now need to be aware of in Auckland.
Smoke Alarm Placement
The Residential Tenancy Act specifies that one smoke alarm needs to be installed in each bedroom or within three meters of each bedroom’s door and on each level, even if no-one sleeps there. Failure to comply with this new regulation is considered an unlawful act, and the financial penalty can be up to $4,000.
Types of Smoke Alarms
For properties that don’t currently have smoke alarms in place, you will need to fit the homes with the new photoelectric long life smoke alarms. If you have a property with one of the old smoke alarms that have always been in place, you can keep those alarms for now, but when they stop working or they run out of battery life, you’ll need to install the new photoelectric smoke alarms. The good news is that these new smoke alarms last a lot longer than the older ones. So instead of having batteries that only last a year, you will be able to keep them active for longer.
It will be the tenant’s responsibility to replace the batteries in the smoke alarms. It’s a criminal offense for them to tamper with or disable the smoke alarm, but they will need to change the batteries when necessary. It’s also the tenant’s responsibility to alert the landlord or property manager as soon as possible if there are any issues with the smoke alarm. However, landlords and property managers should be testing those smoke alarms during all routine inspections at the property.
These are just some small changes that have been made involving smoke alarms. If you have any questions about property management in Auckland, NZ, or you’d like to hear more about these new regulations, please contact us at Walker Weir Property Management.January 12th, 2017
Some recent changes to rental legislation in New Zealand will affect all landlords, and we want to tell you about those things today. The Osaki Case has been widely covered by the media, and deservedly so. It’s been in the news because there has been a huge legal precedent set. The Court of Appeal has ruled that tenants aren’t necessarily liable for accidental damage to a Landlord’s insured property. (more…)December 15th, 2016
It’s important to have an accurate rate when you’re deciding how much rent to charge for an Auckland investment property. If you don’t price your property correctly, it can lead to financial consequences and undue stress. (more…)August 11th, 2016