There is much anticipation and debate for many Auckland property owners about renting out furnished properties during the Rugby World Cup 2011. Many landlords have stories about early rental enquiries for the event and the possibility of securing great rents. This article aims to identify some pros and cons of renting your properties during this event.
As professional property managers we often have property owners that contact us to enquire about either giving their tenants notice so properties are vacant just prior to the event, or alternatively renting out their family homes over this period. Many have been lured by the buzz of the World Cup fever and rumours of easy money and great returns. However, I believe that this potential market is over-inflated and many property owners will find themselves disappointed unless they face certain realities.
This RWC market will predominantly only benefit owners of furnished apartments and houses that are vacant at the time of the event. Those landlords who plan to give existing tenants notice to vacate so they can get higher rents for the period of the RWC, must think about the opportunity cost involved. They may secure double the normal return for 3-4 weeks of the tournament but then may also experience a week or two of vacancies prior to the RWC tenancy and the same afterwards before securing new long-term tenancies after the events. These vacancies may wipe out any potential profits and this is before you even think about potential damages to your property from a party who may be in the country for 3 weeks, never to return.
Any smart investor will ask − why terminate a long term tenancy to secure a better return for 3 weeks? With more tenants coming and going, there are greater risks of vacancies, damage, wear and tear and depreciation. There are also additional costs including marketing and the logistics of signing up tenants also to be taken into consideration. Landlords may need to pay for power/water/gas as tenants only staying a week or two certainly wouldn’t want to set up their own utilities accounts. There is also much debate about whether the Residential Tenancies Act would even govern theses short-term tenancies. Section 5M of Residential Tenancies Act excludes tenancies “where the premises are let for the tenant’s holiday purposes”
In many instances it won’t necessarily matter what legislation governs the tenancies as the tenants are visitors and could be gone before you even notice any problems, let alone take action against them. Landlords need to look at the big picture. The majority of visitors attending the event will surely stay in short-term hotels/motels/hostels and serviced apartments. They will spend most of their time out and about watching rugby and exploring New Zealand. The majority will only require basic short-term accommodation and not large furnished houses. They want to be spending little time on cleaning/cooking so most will opt for serviced accommodation. Many visitors will want to follow teams around the country and not commit to 2 or 3 week tenancies in one location.
Although there are many negatives to consider, there will be many landlords that will make the most of opportunities to rent out properties short-term for the event. I expect that some visitors, mainly families, will try and utilise this private market rather than staying in serviced hotels/motels/hostels and apartments. The majority of this market will be made up of private homes (not rental properties). Some visitors will want a base for the event and after the event, for extended stays.
For those looking to take advantage of this market, think outside the square! If you want to compete with other property owners then think about offering a rental package for a week or two that includes some of the following, which will help differentiate your property from the thousands of other landlords looking to cash in.
- A pick-up service from the airport.
- A bottle of NZ wine, a crayfish, and/or a dozen oysters upon arrival
- A car with the property
- A cleaner once or twice a week
- Complimentary tickets to a minor game at Eden Park
The most important aspect is that property owners should know who is renting the properties. Deposits and Bonds should be taken and contracts completed stating maximum numbers of tenants, rules and regulations. You may only have one bite at the cherry so if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing well!
Coworking Countdown – 4 Things to Prepare Before You Move In
The coworking scene has done anything but slowed down. Coworking spaces in Auckland alone vary between your upmarket, corporate office to the trendier, chic ones. Certainly, investing in this type of commercial real estate has never been more attractive. There is a space for everyone in this landscape and for businesses looking for new workspaces there’s not only variety available, there’s options at an affordable price.
When a business has finally found an office, in one of these buildings they have not only found a workspace, they’ve also found community as well. One coworking space – Servcorp – is a good example of the way work and networking have intersected to provide business with the chance to grow. This new way of leasing premises is highly attractive to the leasee and the property owner. Here are some tips for moving into a new coworking space, so the business can prepare to maximise their working experience.
Continue reading to learn what you can do to prepare for your move to your new coworking space to ensure the move is as seamless as possible.
Coworking presents professionals with the chance to use the space to just work or to build on their professional network. Before getting comfortable in your new office, sit down and take inventory of the tasks beyond work that you would like to accomplish. When writing down your goals and objectives, keep in mind the types of activities that you would like to engage in the space.
Of the many activities, formal networking events and community social events are the types you want to pay attention to if you plan to use the space to build a social network. Not that you have to be out and about every night, but scheduling time to promote your business is one way to maximise the coworking space. Ultimately, if the purpose of coworking is to build a networking platform or to grow your business, find ways to incorporate the more social aspect of the space.
Tool Of The Trade
Another thing that professionals moving into a coworking space should prepare for is knowing what amenities the space provides. Standard spaces fit out the office with exceptional IT services and office equipment, but other amenities include programs and conferences that help teach entrepreneurs how to build their businesses. Before moving into your space, consider checking out all the perks of working in your coworking space.
Moreover, make sure you know what is available for use in the office, so as to bring supplies if necessary. While staplers and other office products come standard in a conventional office, some spaces might not make this available to employees. On a larger scale, make sure there is a receptionist available, and if not, know exactly how to retrieve any messages.
Change Of Business Address
Before leaving your conventional or home office, make sure that clients and other important people know your new location and phone number. One simple way to do this is to email clients of your relocation as to avoid any mix-ups. Furthermore, make sure to forward any business mail to your new location, as to avoid missing important parcels. Finally, make sure you know the building’s office hours for scheduling appointments.
Check out the coworking space’s event calendar. In addition to the numerous networking opportunities in the day, many coworking communities hold events to get the professionals to engage with each other. Make an exerted effort to attend at least a few of the events every week to raise your business’s profile. You never know what opportunity awaits when engaging people from your profession and others.
Preparing And Putting Coworking To Work
Coworking makes moving effortless simply by alleviating much of the work associated with relocating. You can, however, maximise your move by putting together an agenda of how you plan to use the work to benefit your business. Your plan will help you use your space more effectively for building a platform for business success.
Auction Site For Renters
New Zealand will soon see the rise of a new auction site for renters. Just in on stuff.co.nz Rentberry has confirmed they will be launching here and in Australia. The online service offers renters the opportunity to bid for rental properties. Landlords set the ‘reserve’ or rent level they hope will generate lots of prospective tenants interest and then the bidding war takes off.
New Zealand will soon see the rise of a new auction site for renters. Just in on stuff.co.nz Rentberry has confirmed they will be launching here and in Australia. The online service offers renters the opportunity to bid for rental properties. Landlords set the ‘reserve’ or rent level they hope will generate lots of prospective tenants interest and then the bidding war takes off. Landlords get the final say on whom is the successful applicant and while they may review the highest bids first, they won’t be choosing the tenant just based on what they’re prepared to pay.
An Auckland property management company spokesperson said common-sense will prevail among Landlords. Securing long term tenancies with tenants that have good credit histories and references will remain the top priority. Prospective tenants information is available to the Landlord in the service so they can select the tenant without delay.
Rentberry will provide more transparency of the selection process with prospective tenants and Landlords learning what the true market value is for their property. This is a positive move for investors especially those who are new to the rental market and Landlords whom self manage their rental properties and may currently be charging more or less rent.
There has been some healthy criticism of the service even in it’s infancy. In America affordable housing advocates are angered by the service and tenant groups in Australia are wary that the service will push up prices.
Rentberry has been operating in the USA since 2016 and is currently expanding into 1000 cities there. It’s focus is on renting Apartments and this is where we see the service take off in our neck of the woods in our main centres in New Zealand.
This blog article was written for PropertyBlogs by Mobilize Mail.
Tenants Let Off With 4.8% Increase
Weekly rents rose just 4.8 percent in the twelve months to July 2016 according to Trade Me Rent Price Index. Tenants will be relieved Landlords are being realistic and not keen on hiking rents arbitrarily. Property sales have slowed and the average asking price has dropped significantly up ten percent since July 2015.
Weekly rents rose just 4.8 percent in the twelve months to July 2016 according to Trade Me Rent Price Index. Tenants will be relieved Landlords are being realistic and not keen on hiking rents arbitrarily
Property sales have slowed and the average asking price has dropped significantly up ten percent since July 2015. Of particular interest is the slow down in property asking prices in Auckland where a typical property listed in June was just $3,750 less than the asking price in July. According to this article Investors are buying most of the houses.
In Auckland City and on the North Shore investors have purchased 50 percent of the properties on the market. A North Shore and Auckland City property management company spokesperson said investors are listing new properties with them. In Auckland City it’s mostly apartments and there’s high demand for quality living quarters downtown.
“In July 2011 New Zealand’s median weekly rent was $350 a week, that has risen by $90 a week over the past 5 years, while at the same time the increase in the average asking price of a typical New Zealand property has risen by $200,000 an increase of 51 per cent.”
While there’s the odd sensational article on ‘greedy landlords’ hiking rents to unprecedented levels evidence proves otherwise and tenants are the winners.
In the regions there has been some catch up with rents rising by double digit percentages in Northland, Manawatu, and Marlborough. However urban average rents have remained stagnant.
This blog article was written for PropertyBlogs by Mobilize Mail.
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