Private Landlord? Are you leaving the country on holiday or work? You must read this before you leave!
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 requires that any landlord who is absent from New Zealand for more than 21 consecutive days must appoint a local agent.
That agent then has all the rights and obligations of the landlord. If you do not appoint an agent then this is considered an unlawful act and you can be fined.
It is important to appoint an agent who is up to date with landlord rights and responsibilities. You should appoint someone who will represent your best interests and will also be a responsible landlord. You can appoint a private individual but you should consider that that person may have to respond to a midnight hotwater cylinder leak, or a tenant giving notice. Make sure you are confident that they can handle any landlord situation.
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What questions do you ask the previous landlord when carrying out a reference check on your potential tenant?
Here are a few questions to help you with this important process.
Remember, some landlords want rid of their problem tenants; so listen out carefully for any hesitations when they answer.
When did they rent from you?
How long did they live in the rental?
Did they always pay the rent on time?
Did they always pay water on time?
Did they bring maintenance issues to your attention promptly?
Did they have any pets?
Were there any complaints from other Tenants or neighbours?
Was there any damage besides normal wear and tear?
Were they respectful to you and the property?
Did they give you proper notice to end the tenancy?
Out of 10, with 10 being the best, what rate would you give them?
Would you rent to this Tenant again?
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By now you will have been made aware of the new regulations with respect to Smoke Alarms for residential rental properties. These regulations took effect on the 1st of July 2016.
At the very least there must be a smoke alarm installed in the hallway (or similar) no further than 3 meters from any bedroom door, and for two storied dwellings, smoke alarms must be installed on both levels. This statutory requirement will help to provide not only safety for your tenants but also protection of your property.
We have photo electric smoke alarms with internal 10 year battery's available at only $45 +gst for all new inspections booked, includes installation.
Be prepared for the random checks that are currently been undertaken.
This will also keep you compliant with your insurance by undertaking inspections and you will also be compliant with the new tenancy regulations. Double win!