Managing Your Residential Rental Property:

The clouds are forming.  Anyone involved with managing residential property needs to understand this.

Housing was a key issue in the recent election and we have a new coalition government.  Changes are definitely coming.  They have indicated that renting will be more stable and healthy for families.  So changes are most definitely coming!

Are you aware of recent past changes to your responsibilities as a landlord?  The big issue last year was smoke alarms and all home/apartments should be meeting the standards.  Make sure you know how this applies to your property.

Changes to the rules about insulation are compulsory from 1 July 2019.  Savvy landlords are looking to meet these standards sooner rather than later.  They know there are only a limited number of quality insulation installers available.

Some landlords have left things to the last moment.  It is likely costs will increase as installers struggle to finish all work by the deadline.

What should you be doing right now?  If you are a first-time landlord make sure you get a Landlord Pack from Tenancy Services.  Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 it will tell you:

  • What protections and responsibilities you currently have
  • Tell you how to lodge a bond
  • How to keep track of rental payments
  • How to go about selecting good tenants and what you can do if your tenant breaches tenancy law

Landlords and tenants must both respect “quiet enjoyment.  Are you aware of the responsibilities you have towards your property’s neighbours?  Do you let your tenants know about their responsibilities?

What about your responsibilities for locks, security, repairs and damage?  Experienced landlords would be wise to ensure their practices are up-to-date and robust.

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And then there’s the rental property insurance minefield.  Are you aware of how your insurance policies work and what they cover (and don’t cover).  This includes requirements for regular inspections, detailed property reports and relevant photos.

Moving forward, what can you expect?  Healthy homes are warm and dry.  You need to make sure your rental property is well-ventilated and has heating.  Our view is that over time a heat pump will be the least standard.

A Warrant of Fitness for rental properties will likely soon be essential.  It would cover ventilation, insulation and heating requirements.

Your future options.  The reality of being a landlord is you are running a business with its risks as well as rewards.  Being a landlord is no longer a hobby or part-time job.

At Quinovic Parnell it is our job to keep up with what is happening in all aspects of property management.  Our expertise allows us to help our owners plan ahead and maximise investment return.

Our knowledge and experience allows us to assist our rental property owners mitigate risk
With proven systems in place we check and report on all compliance areas affecting your property and tenants.

Talk to Quinovic Parnell about partnering with us.  We are your specialists in residential property management.  We commit to looking after you and your property with both care and return.

Get in touch with Kerry from Quinovic Parnell today about us managing your Auckland residential property:

Get in touch with Quinovic Property Management Parnell

Reputable Property Managers in Parnell (Auckland, NZ)

Quinovic Property Management in Auckland has earned an enviable reputation for providing over 20 years of reliable property and tenant management for residential properties.

Our range of property management services is extensive, modern and well regarded by our rental property owners and investors.  As evidenced by the fact that our residential property management business tends to grow through word of mouth of our existing client base.

Specialised property account management ensures we can integrate all of the Quinovic property services to provide the complete management  service for you and your rented property.

To contact the specialist property management team call Quinovic Parnell.

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More on Rent Arrears…

Having written last week on “How to Achieve Zero Rent arrears” I was amazed to discover two friends whose rental properties had fallen into serious arrears while being managed supposedly by professional property managers. Sadly we hear the same story time and time again so this was just another example (two more actually) Why would any landlord accept tenants who fall behind in their rent payments. Well example number 1. Owner of a very nice 5 bedroom home under-rented, managed by a property manager who was under resourced to cope with the business, did no inspections in a year, did not review the rents and allowed rent to be in arrears to the tune of $9000?? The question is why? Why does an owner put up with it? They said they didn’t want to lose the tenant in case they couldn’t find another one?? But worse still, they didn’t want to terminate the agreement with the property manager because the property manager was a friend and was cheap!!  Example number 2. Property investor with several rental properties, some managed by property management company and some self managed.  The self managed properties lost $16,000 in rent arrears in one year? Why? The investor could not be bothered to check his bank statements nor did he review rents or inspect the properties. Needless to say we will be offering to turn the situation around in both cases including chasing the rental arrears. As a property investor myself and owner of Quinovic Property Management Parnell I know there is a better way. Contact us Mary Vinsen or David Vinsen and have your property or properties managed professionally.