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Nov 01

Letting Fees bill passes final reading, will be gone by Xmas

It will be an unlawful act to charge a tenant letting fee from December 12, in time for the busy letting season of January and February.

Oct 18

Wellington landlord wins precedent setting Airbnb District Court appeal

The landlord of a Wellington apartment has been awarded the full amount of the tenant’s profits from Airbnb subletting in what is believed to be a precedent setting District Court appeal.

Oct 17

Tenancy Tribunal to follow the Gluckman report for meth testing

The Tenancy Tribunal has confirmed they will follow generally accept 15 micrograms per 100cm2 as the minimum standard for meth contamination in rental properties.

Oct 15

Tenancy reforms miss the main point – unpaid rent

The proposed reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act fails to acknowledge unpaid rent.

Oct 04

Letting fees set to be outlawed by Christmas

Tenants in New Zealand should receive an early Christmas present with letting fees set to be outlawed in December.

Sep 04

Tenants set to feel the heat as Government release plan to warm-up NZ

The Government has released the eagerly awaited discussion document that will form the foundation of the Healthy Homes standards.

Aug 29

Scrapping of ‘no cause’ terminations will create new blacklist of tenants, says real estate boss

A real estate boss is warning that a proposal to scrap ‘no cause’ tenancy terminations will make it more difficult for some tenants to find a new rental when they move on.

Aug 27

Government pushes ahead with major shake-up of tenancy laws

The Government is pushing ahead with rental reform that is set to change the landscape of tenancy law in New Zealand.

Aug 09

Landlords and property managers criticised for checking bank statements

Landlords and property managers are being criticised for asking prospective tenants for their bank statements when vetting for new tenancies. 

Jul 11

Tenants claim landlords are failing to prepare for Healthy Homes Bill

Less than a year out from the introduction of new healthy home laws for rental accommodation, almost 60 percent of landlords had done nothing to prepare for the changes, according to a new survey.

Jun 26

Status quo remains at Tenancy Tribunal post-Gluckman report

The Tenancy Tribunal has published its first orders on methamphetamine since the Gluckman report sent shockwaves through various industries last month.

Jun 01

Meth saga inquiry: Compensation not ruled out in sudden U-turn

In a sudden U-turn, Housing Minister Phil Twyford is now contemplating compensation for those who were unfairly affected by meth contamination.

May 30

Landlords won’t get compensation for following meth standards – Twyford

Landlords hoping that they might get compensation for unnecessary meth decontamination work are out of luck.

May 29

Myth busting report debunks meth contamination health risks

A new Government report has found that there is no evidence that third-hand exposure to methamphetamine causes adverse health effects.

May 22

Tenancy Tribunal awards Wellington landlord Airbnb profits minus ‘service fee’

It’s believed a tenant made more than $12,450 from Airbnb but only $2,150 of those profits have been awarded to the landlord.

May 05

Maintenance delay proves costly

The Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team has sent a clear message to all landlords that failing to address maintenance issues impacts severely on the wellbeing of tenants.

Apr 16

Landlords blame extra costs as rents skyrocket

Extra landlord costs are being blamed for higher rent prices around New Zealand.

Apr 10

Landlord fined $4,100 for failing to have working smoke alarms and non-compliant gas supply

A Christchurch landlord has been ordered to pay $4,100 after a non-compliant gas supply and non-working smoke alarms were found at one of her properties.

Mar 22

Housing Minister introduces Bill to ban letting fees for tenants

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has introduced a Bill to outlaw letting fees for tenants.

Feb 20

Salvation Army slams seven-day meth eviction proposal

Proposals to allow landlords to evict tenants with just seven days-notice for methamphetamine contamination have been criticised by the Salvation Army.

Feb 16

Wellington focus needed for tenancy reform

A report on New Zealand’s housing market needs better analysis of the Wellington rental market.

Feb 15

Tax extension to dampen property speculators

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed the bright-line test on residential property sales will be extended from two years to five years in legislation currently making its way through Parliament.

Feb 12

New housing report paints bleak picture for renters

An independent study of New Zealand’s housing sector has found the housing crisis the country faces is deeper and more entrenched than previously revealed.

Jan 23

Professionals join the Tenancy eBundle club

Professionals are the latest property management brand to join the Tenancy eBundle family as an entire franchise.

Jan 22

Time to punish landlords who exploit tenants with unfair rent rises – Robertson

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has called for Wellington tenants to dob in dodgy landlords who are unfairly raising rents.

Jan 18

Heat goes on Auckland landlord for not having smoke alarms

An Auckland landlord has been slapped with a $2000 fine.

Jan 11

Landlords unconcerned about looming legislative changes

Landlords welcome longer-term tenancies but remain cautious about other proposed tenancy law changes.

Dec 19

Who is Fiji bound with Tenancy eBundle?

The end of the year is finally here so it’s time for our grand draw to see who wins a trip for two to Fiji.

Dec 14

Law to ban foreign home buyers to be introduced

The government will push through its Bill preventing foreign purchasers from buying existing New Zealand houses by early next year.

Dec 11

Tenancy eBundle marks 1-year anniversary

The Tenancy eBundle is now 1 and to celebrate we have a special offer just for the month of December.

Dec 01

Healthy Homes Bill passed into law, new Government insists it won’t drive up rental prices

The new Labour-led Government maintains that the passing of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act won’t increase rent prices across New Zealand.

Nov 29

Rental Reform coming in 2018

In this month’s documentary training, we breakdown the four key pieces of legislation which will impact your business in the next 12 months:

Nov 20

Dunedin landlord wins rent refund District Court appeal

Dunedin landlord Vic Inglis has won a landmark appeal at the Dunedin District Court.

Nov 16

Labour’s Healthy Homes Bill ‘a backward step’ National claims

National argue that the Bill is simply a duplication of previous legislation.

Nov 06

Small changes can heat up rental properties

Even minor improvements to new buildings can make a significant difference to tenants’ comfort, new research from the University of Otago has found.

Oct 10

Home buying ambitions high among Auckland renters

A survey of Auckland renters has found a strong majority maintained their ambition to own a home of their own.

Oct 31

Significant Anderson v FM Custodians decision could signal change of tide

A Tenancy Tribunal Adjudicator in Christchurch has delivered an order that could signal the days of full rent refunds for tenants are numbered.

Oct 26

Healthy Homes Bill ‘must deliver for tenants’ – New Zealand Green Building Council

Delivering a Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in 100 days is the first important task on the desk of new Housing Minster Phil Twyford.

Oct 25

Rent-to-own-home scheme offers big boost to first home buyers

The new Labour-led Government will launch a rent-to-own home scheme.