Rent roll values could fall as Labour policies bite
Industry survey shows concern around new Government
Imagine a country were nobody is homeless. Imagine a country where nobody has any social issues such as drug addiction or alcohol abuse. Imagine a country where every kid goes to school with shoes on their feet after eating a breakfast and then come home to a loving family where they get a warm healthy meal every evening.
At last! Someone with power and influence has the guts to come out say what we have been arguing for a long, long time. The 'moral panic' caused by certain Meth testing companies was instigated to make a quick dollar according to new Housing Minister Phil Twyford. Here at Real iQ, we wholeheartedly agree.
Back in early 2016, we held a webinar highlighting the alarming amount of companies being set up to carry out Meth testing, warning that the industry was nothing more than a money making scam.
It is hard to know where to start in a year where property and in particular the renting, has featured so much in the limelight. In our final blog of 2017, we will summarize on what we believe is the good, the bad and of course, downright ugly.
The list we provide comes in no particular order and is purely our opinion, however, we would love to hear your feedback on what has been without a doubt, an intriguing year. First of all, lets keep it positive and start with the good.
First of all, let me start by stating that this is not an article beating up the people who have designed and implemented the Rental Warrant of Fitness. The intentions of these people are good and they are thinking of the most vulnerable of citizens within New Zealand. I also genuinely applaud the Wellington City Council for trying to get this off the ground.
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.