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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Who pays water rates during a tenancy?

Who pays water rates during a tenancy Section 39 of The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 states that “The landlord is responsible for all outgoings in respect of the premises that are incurred whether or not the premises are occupied and are incurred for common facilities.   So who pays for what part of the water […]

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Who pays for pest control the tenant or owner?

Who pays for pest control the tenant or owner.   This is a question that comes up quite often.  A landlord needs to make sure the property is pest free at the beginning of any new tenancy and a tenant is required to keep the property in a good clean condition so as not to […]

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