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METHAMPHETAMINE TESTING

METHAMPHETAMINE TESTING

It would be hard to have missed the media furor over Meth testing and safe/acceptable levels now being adopted by Housing New Zealand. In short, recently the Government Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman and Housing Minister Phil [...]

Asbestos Legislation - This affects many rental properties in New Zealand

Asbestos Legislation - This affects many rental properties in New Zealand

On the 4th of April this year the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 came into effect. The full regulation can be viewed here: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0015/19.0/DLM6729706.html but we try to [...]

Legislation to abolish tenant paid letting fees
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Legislation to abolish tenant paid letting fees

The Labour government just recently, introduced further legislation that will change the Residential Tenancies Act. In a surprise move the Housing Minister Phil Twyford announced a new bill do make it illegal to charge tenants letting fees [...]

Leading Property Managers of New Zealand 2017 Awards for Excellence

Leading Property Managers of New Zealand 2017 Awards for Excellence

The winners have been announced for the LPMNZ 2017 Awards for Excellence.  Local property management professional, Lisa Iliffe from Bayleys Property Management Canterbury has won the LPMNZ 2017 “Excellence in Business Development [...]

Amendment to Residential Tenancies Act – Part two – Unlawful Dwellings

Amendment to Residential Tenancies Act – Part two – Unlawful Dwellings

In part two of our review of the Amendment to the RTA we look at Unlawful Dwellings, covered in the Act by section S56A which deals with termination of a tenancy where a property is considered to be unlawful. Firstly, what are some examples [...]

Amendment to RTA - Part one - Tenant Liability

Amendment to RTA - Part one - Tenant Liability

In response to the Osaki case in which the Court of Appeal made a decision that tenants could not be held responsible for careless or negligent damage, the government addressed the situation by amending the Residential Tenancies Act. The [...]