Entries by Connect Realty

Deadline extended for healthy homes standards compliance statement

The deadline for landlords providing a compliance statement for the healthy homes standards has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2020. The compliance statement is an addition to tenancy agreements that provides detailed information about how a property meets the healthy homes standards. It helps tenants to see how their landlord is […]

Alert Level 2 Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

On 14 May 2020, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2. What will change at Alert Level 2? Tenants are able to move to a new rental property. Removal companies can assist with moving, with some conditions: movers will have to comply with physical distancing, personal hygiene and surface cleaning guidance and should keep records […]

Alert Level 3 Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

The country has now moved into Alert Level 3. Find out what this new level means for owners and tenants. If you have any questions regarding your own rental property, please contact our team directly. What will change at Alert Level 3? Tenants are allowed to move to a new house and moving companies will […]

COVID-19 – Rent Increase Freeze & Tenancy Terminations

Information on the rent increase freeze and tenancy termination regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For general information on COVID-19 visit the government’s central website. On 23 March 2020, the Government announced a freeze of rent increases and an extension of no-cause terminations. This has been applied as law through the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management […]

Property Rental: Repairs and damages

If something gets damaged in a rental property or needs repairing, it’s important to know who’s responsible for fixing and paying for the problem. Tenants must tell the landlord straight away if they are aware that something needs to be repaired or maintained, no matter how it happened or who caused the damage.   An important […]

Visiting Tauranga This Summer?

  Hopefully this summer you will be able to visit the beautiful city of Tauranga, and our stunning coastal communities at Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. While you are here, make sure you check out the local papers for some of the amazing job opportunities. Besides having a similar salary base to larger cities, Tauranga has […]

Proposed changes to NZ Residential Tenancies Act

The long-awaited overhaul of tenancy laws was announced on Sunday.  Some of the key proposed changes to NZ Residential Tenancies Act include: double the threshold for damages claims at the Tenancy Tribunal, renters can do more to change properties, anonymised Tenancy Tribunal rulings, an end to no-cause evictions, a ban on rental bidding. limiting rent […]

Rental Properties Needed

Summer is on our doorstep and once again the Bay is ready for a busy time. We have already seen the arrival of cruise ships this month, and these will continue to grace our shores for the summer. This means lots of extra holidaymakers out and about enjoying our stunning region. Besides holidaymakers, the Bay […]

Spring Property Maintenance

With the arrival and spring and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your investment property looking its best, including lawns and gardens and any necessary repair work to outside areas. Property maintenance is not just about cleaning up, it is also time to be prudent about ensuring your investment […]

New Standards For Insulating Your Rental Property

  Winter sees temperatures dropping all over the country, and many of us will turn on the heatpump, light the fire, or look for alternative heat sources to heat our home.  New Zealand homes have a history of being cold with poor insulation, single-glazing, and inefficient heat sources. Unfortunately cold homes create all sorts of […]