The best relationships aren't one sided

Posted by Jack Vale on August 21, 2018 10:21:40 AM NZST

The American psychologist Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.” 

 

To a property manager with the wrong approach, every tenant is a problem. No matter what you do in life, it is your attitude, not the issue that is the real problem. Property investment is a great example. There is always a way to overcome whatever issue may stand in front of you.

 

Recently, a series of adverts was published by a property management company which clearly indicated their opinions of tenants. It painted them as a necessary evil to property investment; a nail if you will. What followed was inevitable. 🔨

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Topics: regulations, media, tenants

Surviving winter as a landlord in an empty home

Posted by Jack Vale on June 13, 2018 11:01:00 AM NZST

Wellington’s winter is truly setting in. The signs are obvious. The weather is colder, there are plenty more jackets on the streets and the rental market has slowed significantly comparatively to it’s January to March boom. Of course, Wellingtonians are getting pretty used to this now. It is a trend that has replicated itself over a number of years. Landlords in the capital are cottoning on to the fact that January to March is the best time to rent their properties.

 

What does that mean though for a landlord whose property comes available in the middle of the year. Currently there are fewer tenants looking for rental property.

 

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Topics: heating, renting wellingon, tenants, Marketing

How many tenants does it take to change a lightbulb?

Posted by Jack Vale on May 3, 2018 1:45:51 PM NZST

It’s always an eternal battle between tenant and landlord. “My landlord never did any maintenance on the property,” is a phrase that frequently comes up at viewings when tenants are asked why they might be looking to find a new home.

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Topics: property relationships, tenants, maintenance

Late to the Party?

Posted by Jack Vale on April 18, 2018 5:56:28 PM NZST

It doesn’t take long to find a horror story about renting a property. Look in the right place and you find plenty. Better yet, get out and about and have a chat with as many tenants as you can and you can almost guarantee that you’ll hear some outrageous stories about the way they were treated by their local property manager.

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Topics: rental control, property relationships, property managers wellington, property management, investing, tenants, tribunal

Colder than a polar bear in a freezer?

Posted by Jack Vale on January 30, 2018 11:33:44 AM NZDT

Icy cold, dark and damp. That’s the reality facing plenty of Wellington’s tenants this winter. 🌨️

 

For many tenants, the picture of winter is looking bleak as they stare down the barrel of high energy bills, cold mornings and battling mould in their rental property, yet the government have subsidies in place to support landlords in insulating their property.

There can be no excuse for cold, dark and damp rental properties anymore.

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Topics: insulation, Compliance, tenants, renting wellingon

Don't Miss the Gold Rush!

Posted by Jack Vale on December 6, 2017 10:19:09 AM NZDT

If you’re not nervous about finding a good quality rental property, you probably don’t live in Wellington. Wellington’s rental market has been booming for long enough that it’s almost getting boring to say it out loud.

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Topics: Rental Pricing, rental market, rentals,, tenants

Tenancy Troubles

Posted by Jack Vale on April 6, 2017 6:00:00 AM NZST

While most property managers are well versed in the intricacies of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), the nature of the beast is such that it can strike fear into anyone summoned. Needless to say, the chance to avoid tribunal is welcome and some would suggest, easy to do.


However even the most competent landlords can find themselves on the wrong side of an adjudicator. Here then is everything you need to know when it comes to keeping out of tribunal.

Tenants nowadays are more educated on the RTA and are familiar with the obli-gations of landlords. There is a common misconception that tenants are happy to live just anywhere; tenants want warm, safe, comfortable homes to live in.

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Topics: tribunal, tenants

Tenants Taking Advantage

Posted by Jack Vale on March 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM NZDT

100 million users worldwide are now using AirBnb to find temporary accommodation, and your tenants might be profiting from it. In a case believed to be the first of its kind, a Wellington couple were deemed to be in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act when it was discovered they had sublet their property without the knowledge of their landlord or property man-agement agency, pocketing a tidy $1,568. They have since been ordered to pay $1,300 to the landlord. Tenants are see-ing dollar signs with Airbnb. Here’s what you need to know about Airbnb and your rental property.

Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has become to short term accommodation what Uber has become to taxis.

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Topics: subletting, tenants

 

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