Landlords with rental property in Auckland have shown their restraint over the past couple years according to Trade Me’s Rent Price Index. This is big news but don’t expect it to be broadcasted in mainstream media any time soon. Bad news not only travels fast, it also gets more reads, clicks and comments so why pay a Journalist to write a feel good story for our Landlords? Therefore you’re probably hearing this news from us first! Most landlords are not greedy and they’re not hiking up rents.
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The countdown is on for landlords and their rental properties compliance with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016. Insulation is compulsory in all rental properties by 1 July 2019. Landlords have been working closely with their property managers over the past couple of year stating the condition of insulation in their properties on every new tenancy agreement and properties that are under-insulated will need a top up within the next couple of years.
Compliance with the Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 required Landlords declare the state of the insulation in their rental properties and now the countdown is on to make sure their properties comply with the new insulation requirements by July 2019.
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.
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.
Meth contamination is a big threat to rental properties as it’s popularity grows. Clean up costs are in the tens of thousands and investor experiences with contamination are now on PropertyTalk.com including this discussion: Meth testing between tenancies which has nearly clocked up 20,000 views in just nine weeks.
In the media a couple of reliable sources confirm rent increases have not risen alot over the last twelve months – so where are the greedy Landlords? Property sales and prices continue to forge ahead with gusto while rents remain static thus widening the gap between sales and rents according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Index.
Landlords may soon be required to test for Meth use in their rental properties in-between tenancies as part of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The reported rise in P-contaminated houses is somewhat alarming insofar as the clean up costs are in the tens of thousands, plus residing in a meth contaminated environment can have negative health implications.
Reports that Landlords are attempting to increase profits from overcrowded rental properties has been refuted by Andrew King, Chief Executive of NZ Property Investors Federation in a news item on NZHerald today.
Yesterday a news item suggested maybe overcrowding was an initiative by greedy landlords to maximise profits with student accommodation in Auckland.
Talk of longer commercial-like tenancies for residential properties is creating a lot a discussion among property investors. Do Landlords want longer tenancies? Shorter tenancies offer Landlords the opportunity to adjust the level of rent to the market rate or higher on properties that have fallen behind and there is more control with more property inspections and renovations can be carried out between tenancies.
Tenants will be happy – the latest news on rent rises is they’ve plateaued. Trade Me’s Rent Price Index reports rents are up just $20 per week compared to the same time last year.
Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries says:
Statistics suggest Landlords are not increasing rents unrealistically. While there was a flurry of activity at the end of 2014 and the being of 2015, the past five months have seen only small increases in weekly rents. The Trade Me Rental Price Index is a reliable guide of weekly rent price variation due to it’s monopoly status as the primary channel utilised by property managers and private landlords for marketing rental properties.