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2017, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

2017, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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.

Rental Warrant of Flopness

Rental Warrant of Flopness

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. 

Tenancy Tribunal Wrecking Ball Decision Smashes Unsuspecting Landlord

Tenancy Tribunal Wrecking Ball Decision Smashes Unsuspecting Landlord

Decision by adjudicator leaves landlord $10,000 out of pocket

Tenant wins even though she sublet without consent

How many illegal tenancies are there?

On the 27th April 2017 at the Tenancy Tribunal in Dunedin, adjudicator Wilson made a ruling on a case that has sent alarm bells ringing and many think the ruling was grossly unfair.

Lets Ban This! The Letting Fee Gone If Labour Win

Lets Ban This! The Letting Fee Gone If Labour Win

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

Methamphetamine Survey Results Released

Methamphetamine Survey Results Released

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.

Tragedy Highlights Risks In Property Management

Tragedy Highlights Risks In Property Management

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.

New Meth Standards Will Solve Nothing Until Practice Notes Issued

New Meth Standards Will Solve Nothing Until Practice Notes Issued

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.

Don't overlook the 'mature' candidate when recruiting

Don't overlook the 'mature' candidate when recruiting

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.

 

How to Recruit your Next Superstar Team Member

How to Recruit your Next Superstar Team Member

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.