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Fixed on change. Why tenancy reform will benefit New Zealand

Fixed on change. Why tenancy reform will benefit New Zealand

Almost twelve months on from the formation of the Government, the changes around tenancy reform in New Zealand are coming thick and fast. Make no mistake, change is coming and particularly around the security of tenure. A case I dealt with recently highlights why tenants need more security.

Last week I received a call from a Property Manager last week asking for some guidance. The situation arose after a tenant was given 90 days notice to end the tenancy.

Let me explain the scenario for you that many of you reading this will probably relate to this story.

Church Preaches 'Game Changer' As Calls For Regulation Intensify

Church Preaches 'Game Changer' As Calls For Regulation Intensify

Never before has our industry come under such intense scrutiny as it has right now. Whether it be tenant groups, politicians, the media or the oppressive Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team, everyone wants to attack Property Managers. In fairness, we seem to be giving them plenty of ammunition and the latest faux pas by a Wellington-based Property Management company was embarrassingly distasteful. One wonders what they must have been thinking? 

With all the negative publicity and an increasingly vocal call from all parties to regulate our industry, it is now a case of when the regulation of our industry will happen rather than if.

An Open Letter To The Property Management Industry

An Open Letter To The Property Management Industry

Real iQ’s vision for the Property Management Industry

During Christmas of 2015, after surviving my first year in business, I sat down and wrote down a plan as to how I saw the future of Property Management and what type of role I wanted to play in the industry. It was at this point I decided to develop a Training Business to support Property Managers throughout the country.  I simply wanted to make a positive impact on the industry that had given me so much pleasure and satisfaction. I had seen too many Property Managers in offices up and down the country struggle with a lack of resources, training and support. I truly believed that I could make a difference.

The Broken Dreams of Renters United

The Broken Dreams of Renters United

On Wednesday the 11th of July, Renters United launched their 'Plan to Fix Renting' and it grabbed plenty of media attention. This small group of volunteers have certainly been successful in drawing plenty of attention to themselves and whether you are a tenant or a landlord, you have to hand it to them they are extremely well run and have some prominent public figures backing their cause.

At the launch, they had Philippa Howden-Chapman of Rental Warrant of Fitness fame presenting and supporting them. They also had Sam Huggard of New Zealand Council of Trade Union presenting and Labour MP for Rongotai Paul Eagle was present as well. 

Busted!! The Rise and Fall of The Methamphetamine Industry

Busted!! The Rise and Fall of The Methamphetamine Industry

In August 2014 two-year-old Emma Lita-Bourne died after suffering a brain haemorrhage. The story made the news the following winter after a coroner reported that the condition of the property had contributed to the little girl’s death. The property was contaminated and it wasn’t methamphetamine.

Instead, dampness and mould had played a significant contributing factor into the death of young Emma according to the coroner. It was a story that highlighted the sorry state of many rental properties around New Zealand and in particular, Housing New Zealand.

18 Degrees Celsius. Putting The Heat On Landlords

18 Degrees Celsius. Putting The Heat On Landlords

As winter approaches, few will dispute that the majority of rental property in New Zealand is not good enough. Thousands of tenants up and down the country live in cold, damp property that makes a mockery of our global clean green image.

Late last year a bill was passed through Parliament that will literally change the face the housing in New Zealand forever, yet many people are unaware as to the true impact of this legislation and the cost of compliance.

Let It Be: How To Cope With The Letting Fee Ban

Let It Be: How To Cope With The Letting Fee Ban
  • We explore the best options for dealing with the Letting Fee ban

  • Labour signal that there will be radical changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

We have been warning you now for nearly two years that this was coming and now the day of reckoning is nearly upon us. The new Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill is now at the Select Committee stage with public submissions on the bill open until the 23rd May. Expect this to be law by Christmas with a further three months before the fee is banned completely.

Property Management Industry: Under the Spotlight

Property Management Industry: Under the Spotlight

Property Management Industry Under Scrutiny After Media Attention

Well Being of Property Managers Must Be Number One Priority

Never before has the Property Management industry come under such scrutiny. We have seen the industry attacked from all angles, whether it be Tenant groups, Consumer groups or the media in general. Unfortunately, some of the negative commentaries have been justified, highlighting issues around professionalism and integrity. 

Unforeseen Consequences of a Utopian Vision

Unforeseen Consequences of a Utopian Vision

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.

Is 2018 The Year The Meth Myth Finally Gets Busted?

Is 2018 The Year The Meth Myth Finally Gets Busted?

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.

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.