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.
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.
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.