Who would have thought six weeks ago that we were facing the prospect of a change of government?
Lifeless Labour were limping to an election defeat with its worst poll rating in modern history and prospect of a Labour lead government seemed like a huge improbability. Then all of a sudden, Andrew Little resigns and Jacindamania was born
In 2016 we conducted our first Property Management Survey with over 300 people responding. This year we want to make it even bigger with more in-depth analysis about the industry that we love. Everybody who completes the survey goes into a draw to win a $200 Prezzie Card. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
We had a very strong response with exactly 100 people taking part in our short survey on Methamphetamine and whether Property Managers should be carrying out testing.
The results clearly show that nearly three quarters of you believe it is a clear conflict of interest for a Property Manager to carry out Meth testing.
However, when we asked if you thought it was safe to live in a property with a reading of 1.5 micrograms per 100cm2 (new standards), you weren't so sure. Even so the majority of you believe it was safe to live in at 58%.
24% did not know and only 18% were not prepared to live in a house which was contaminated under the new standards.
I enjoy writing about the Property Management industry. It is an industry that I am extremely passionate about. Words normally come easy to me but the tragic circumstances around the shooting and killing of Property Managers Wendy and Natanya Campbell by tenant Quinn Patterson, left me feeling numb and struggling to find words.
A man has lost a wife and daughter, a community is in shock and our industry is struggling to understand how such a terrible incident could have happened.
However, as awful as the news was, I have to admit I was not entirely surprised.
Late last month the eagerly anticipated new standards around Methamphetamine contamination where released. This has come after a lengthy process which also involved a large amount of public submissions. Clearly, there is plenty of emotion that is involved around this hugely controversial topic. This was evident during the recent REINZ Seminar involving members of the panel that helped introduce the new standards. Included in the panel where Lisa Gerrard (REINZ), Darryl Thompson (Auckland Council), Miles Stratford (Meth Solutions) and lawyer Richard Hern.
It's a tough world out there, especially if you find yourself in the 'mature' age bracket and in the position of looking for employment. Now that I find myself in the mature category it has become more apparent how we are looked upon or overlooked when finding ourselves back in the job market. One thing I would advise is don't write off those mature people who come with bags of work and life experience.
Recruitment of your next staff member is often left till the last minute, done without prior planning and with the idea that it's cheaper and more effective to do yourself. Companies are often in a hurry to recruit therefore take the 'best out of a bad bunch' approach. Employees are the biggest and most important asset of any company and therefore deserve a robust and clearly defined process and to aid in the process there are some vitally important elements to consider ensuring you attract and recruit the next superstar for your team.
Asbestos law changes the next big challenge for the Property Management industry
Responsibility for compliance may result in increase costs for landlords
New changes in the Health and Safety at work with regards to Asbestos could become the next big challenge that the Property Management industry needs to tackle.
Recently, Real iQ attended a REINZ Breakfast in Wellington where the keynote speaker addressed a room of Property Managers about pending law changes that will likely lead to more compliance being thrown on an industry already struggling to cope with changes to Health and Safety and the Residential Tenancies Act.
A national survey of Property Managers and Landlords has discovered that 4 out of every 5 people believe tenants should occur a penalty for late payment of rent. Director of Real-iQ, David Faulkner believes it’s a no brainer; if the penalty is instated less cases will make it to the Tenancy Tribunal therefore long term it will save the tax payer, tenants and landlords money. It will also reduce waiting times for tribunal hearings as tenants will be less likely to fall into arrears.
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No. 2) introduced to Parliament today will provide better protections and clarity for tenants and landlords, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
“This Bill makes three practical changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to help ensure our tenancy laws better manage methamphetamine contamination, liability for careless damage and the tenancy of unsuitable properties. It builds on the changes we made last year requiring smoke alarms and insulation, and establishing a Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team.