RENT DEMAND AT RECORD HIGHS Over the past 12 months we have experienced increasing and unprecedented demand from tenants for rental properties in all categories. This morning’s paper hints again at one of the causes: “Migration still climbs New Zealand saw another record net gain in migrants of 65,900 in the year to January,driven by increased arrivals from asia and Australia. The annual gain in migrants has set records for the past 18 months. Arrivals rose 10 per cent to 123,000 in the January 2015 year, while departures fell by 1 per cent to 57,100.” (Source: HB Today 26-02-2016) We are actively looking for rental properties to manage!
We have recently had a fire at one of the properties we manage. A very frightening and costly experience. It is important for tenants to know, that insurances will examine if the fire has been caused by the tenant. We have just recently installed appr. 160 new 10 year life thermoptec smoke alarms to ensure all properties we manage have the best smoke alarms available to us. This is why! We were always shocked by the number (up to 50%) of smoke alarms we found with an empty or no battery or the smoke alarm removed, when we inspected properties. – Please watch the video – you can hear the smoke alarm! – No one got injured. RESPECT FIRE SAFETY!
During recent round of inspections we came across a number of properties where tenants have put up an inflatable pool. As a landlord we have a responsibility to act if a tenant elects to put up a pool in the garden that is not compliant with a variety of rules and regulations. No one wants an accident and no one wants to take responsibility for someone else’s actions. Under the RTA (Residential Tenancies Act) the tenant is responsible for his and his visitors’ actions. Any inflatable pool with a water level higher than 400 mm of water is non-compliant. It is therefore necessary for landlords to be aware of the regulations and issue a 14 day notice to tenants if their pool does not comply. With that notice we attach advice about rules and where to get more information. You will find all the rules on both coucil’s websites: HASTINGS: http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/swimming-pool-fencing NAPIER: http://www.napier.govt.nz/services/building-consents-information/swimming-pools
CARPET CLEANING We are often asked by owners to write into our tenancy agreement that at the end of the tenancy the tenant has to have the carpets cleaned professionally. Under the Residential Tenancies Act we cannot do that. The tenant must deliver the carpet back to us in a clean and tidy condition – not more – not less. Unfortunately, the definition of what is reasonably clean and tidy varies from person to person and we have to be able to prove (that is why we take lots of entry inspection photos) that the carpet was clean before and was not after. The only situation where we can specify the need for carpet cleaning, is if the tenant has permission to have a cat or a dog, in which case we insert the following clause into the tenancy agreement: “The landlord will allow the tenant to keep ……….. This permission is also only granted on the condition that the tenant agrees to have the carpets professionally cleaned by CARPET TECH Phone: 021-0418982 06-8444320) upon vacating the property as there may be health and safety issues arising out of having the dog on the property. (allergies of future tenants) Equally, […]
CARPET STAINS We all know what it is like – accidents can happen. If you have an accident with your carpet, we recommend that you call us and ask for advice. Usually the worst thing you can do is to just try “something” to remove stains. Our experts from ENVIRO clean and restore know exactly the best way to get a stain out and usually this is cheaper and less hassle than having to deal with a claim to fix the carpet later. The golden rules are: 1) Tell us what caused the stain as this determines the best remedy to get it removed. 2) Call us or CARPET TECH Phone: 021-0418982 06-8444320) for advice – We don’t bite! 3) Don’t give your children cordials with food colouring – you’ll NEVER get it out! 4) Pet accidents: have a spot clean done as soon as possible, if it gets in the underlay or timber floor it gets VERY costly to remove odours. NEVER HESITATE TO CALL!
The question if we can allow a cat or a dog at a certain property depends on what instructions we have received from the owner who has given us the property to manage. It also depends on factors like if the property is fenced etc. i.e., if we believe it is suitable for the particular animal in question. We will always only allow a dog or a cat, if our tenant is happy to commit to the following condition in writing (example): “The landlord will allow the tenant to keep one cat under the condition that the tenant agrees to make good any damage or deterioration whatsoever caused by the animal. This exception may also be cancelled at any time, if any such damage occurs or if complaints are received that the animal is a nuisance to others or not kept and controlled in an appropriate way. This permission is also only granted on the condition that the tenant agrees to have the carpets professionally cleaned by CARPET TECH Phone: 021-0418982 06-8444320) upon vacating the property as there may be health and safety issues arising out of having the dog on the property. (allergies of future tenants) The reason is as explained above […]