Ask any property investor what they’re focus is right now and you’ll probably get a reply along the lines of: “cashflow and profitability”. Many might say ‘no change there’ but there has been shift in investment strategy for many landlords. Once upon a time not that long ago, purchasing negative equity properties was a purposeful […]
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The question being asked in the discussion forums of PropertyTalk.com right now is – “In 2018 will Landlords flee the market in droves due to rules and regulations changes like the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill and Labour’s desire to end tax breaks for Landlords and Property Investors or will the y be resolute and hang […]
December has arrived and while this article has a serious side, for a bit of fun we’ve included a couple of links we believe you’ll enjoy. Landlords are nervous and some are wondering about the future of property investment in New Zealand and if it’s right for them in 2018. There’s definite cause for their […]
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.
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.
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.
The clamp down on investor borrowing has landlords diverting their attention from purchases to seeking better returns from their existing property portfolios. Trade Me Rental Price Index confirms recent increases in weekly rent; particularly in Wellington, which is up 7.7 percent for the year to October 2016.
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.
Demand is up for rental properties in most areas except Canterbury where the median rent has fallen over the past twelve months by two percent. Increased supply of property in Christchurch post-rebuild has meant less demand for rental accomodation and the median weekly rent is now back to where it was three years ago according to Trade Me Rent Price Index.
The countdown is on now the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill will be passed into law on 1 July 2016. From this date Landlords and Property Managers need to beware of their respective responsibilities around rental properties meeting the required standards by the ‘Amendments’ due dates.
Collectively Landlords can not be lambasted for raising rents in 2015 when the median weekly increase was only 4.2 percent. This increase saw the median weekly rent in Auckland rise by $5 to $500 according to Trade Me’s Rent Price Index for January 2016 and it’s been hovering around the $500 mark for months.
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.