Landlord who provided ‘life advice’ punished

A landlord who provided “unrequested and unwanted life advice” has been ordered to pay her tenant $1530 in damages. Tenancy Tribunal Adjudicator Bernadine Hannan said landlord Christina Liu, who rented her Mt Eden Rd property in central Auckland out as a boarding house, gave the advice as part of an increasingly tense tenancy between herself and Jianing Read more about Landlord who provided ‘life advice’ punished[…]

Healthy Homes Guarantee Act Regulations 2017

About the healthy home standards In December 2017, the Government passed the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act Regulations 2017. This Act amended the Residential Tenancies Act, and enables standards to be made to make rental homes warmer and drier.  The standards set minimum requirements to create warmer, drier rental homes (the healthy homes standards). Heating standard Read more about Healthy Homes Guarantee Act Regulations 2017[…]

Auckland house being occupied by Black Power gang members

An Auckland family whose rental property has been illegally occupied by gang members since May have little choice but to wait for their day in court, legal experts say. Ravina Prasad and Neelesh Chandra have been trying for eight months to remove the squatters from their house on Albert Street, Otahuhu. Police told them the Read more about Auckland house being occupied by Black Power gang members[…]

Tenants win $4k payout, landlord warned

Tenants paying $1200/week for an executive property in an affluent Auckland suburb won $4000 and a reprimand for their absentee, offshore landlord about obligations under New Zealand law. The Tenancy Tribunal awarded St Johns tenant Aaron Ballard $4020.44 for many problems at the home which property records show is owned by Yunzhang Zou and is Read more about Tenants win $4k payout, landlord warned[…]

Property market forecast: What the experts expect

By Lawrence Watt There is hesitation in the New Zealand housing market. Some of it is fuelled by legislative changes, such as the extension to the bright-line test and the foreign buyer ban. And some of it is fuelled by events in Australia, where house values have dropped 10 per cent and major financial institutions Read more about Property market forecast: What the experts expect[…]

The pitfalls of renting out your home over the summer

By Tim Grafton Summer’s arrived and a good number of Kiwis will either be on holiday at baches, family homes and campgrounds around the country or looking forward to heading there soon. And for many of those taking a holiday away from their house, the idea of renting it out for the break on a Read more about The pitfalls of renting out your home over the summer[…]

War on tenancies should stop

Life for rental property owners may become tougher as Labour’s newbie Housing Minister Phil Twyford tries to “make life better for renters”, Stop the War on Tenancies founder Mike Butler warns. The current raft of proposed tenancy reforms comes on top of what is essentially a 10-year war against the owners of rental property. Concerns Read more about War on tenancies should stop[…]