Should I Fix or Float My Rental Property Mortgage?

Should your rental property mortgage be fixed or floating? Learn how to pick the best one for you and who to ask for help if you get stuck. As a property investor, most of us have at least one rental property mortgage.  Deciding whether to fix or float that mortgage can mean the difference between […]

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What is a Rental Warrant of Fitness?

Did you know that a rental warrant of fitness has been talked about since 2007? Jeanette Fitzsimons, the then Energy Efficiency and Conservation spokesperson, said in response to the lack of take-up of rental property insulation, “if, after several years opportunity, some are still unwilling, we will have to consider a regulatory approach.” It was […]

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Tenants v Landlords

Tenants –v- Homeowners – The war against damp mouldy homes. In Auckland we live in a humid and damp environment, many new comers to our city do not realise this and the importance of ventilation.  Yes landlords can put in an HRV system but tenants can also open their windows.  Yes landlords can put in […]

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Blocked Drain

Blocked Drain What should you do when your tenant reports a blocked drain? Here is a photo a tenant recently sent me, the bath water was not draining away fast enough after being used so he decided to pull the entire plug out.  The best thing to do in this case is clean all the […]

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Insulation for Rental Properties

Insulation Regulations July 2016 As you may be aware the government introduced new legislation on the 1st July 2016 making it a legal requirement for all tenancies that commence after the 1st July 2016 to have an insulation statement as part of the tenancy agreement advising the tenants if there is insulation in the property […]

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Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarm Regulations By 1st July 2016 all residential rental properties covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 2986 must meet the following regulatory requirements. There must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm within 3 meters of each bedroom door and in a self-contained caravan, sleep out or similar there must be a minimum […]

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