Residential Tenancies Amendment Act: What Landlords & Tenants Need to Know

If you rent or you are a landlord, the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016 will affect you! An updated version of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, the amended Act came into force on 1st July 2016 and affects all new and current residential tenancies. Under the new Residential Tenancies Amendment Act, both landlords and tenants have responsibilities they must fulfill. Our comprehensive guide will explain what the law changes are and what your responsibilities are.

What is the Reason for the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016?

In 2013, a Warrant of Fitness program for Housing New Zealand properties was trialed. This study was initiated by the Minister of Housing, the Hon Dr Nick Smith. He gave both the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Housing New Zealand joint responsibility to create, test and implement a rental WOF scheme.

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You’ve hit your 40’s and have started thinking about trading up your home. Should you find something bigger to accommodate your teenagers? Will you do the DIY route or call in the tradies? Where can you go to learn home DIY skills? There’s a lot to consider and we’re going to talk about it all!

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You’ve achieved the Kiwi dream and now own you first home! It’s time to start thinking about home DIY, but where should you start and what can you do? In this third article of our Life Stages of Home Ownership series, we’ll walk you through the tasks you can do and those you should call on a tradie to do for you.

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Welcome to the first of six articles about the home ownership and renting life stages we pass through over the years. As we discuss each stage, we’ll identify the jobs you can and can’t do around your rental or owned home and when you should get the professional tradesperson in.renting

As a teenager or young adult, the first property you live in after you leave your parent’s home is most likely to be rented. You may be the one with your name on the tenancy agreement or simply a flatmate. As  the named tenant, you pay a weekly cost to live in the rental property directly to the landlord. Clicking on the image above will take you through to reach  Tenancy Services. They can help you with further information on the basics of renting and flatting.

If you are a flatmate, you pay it to the person whose name is on the tenancy agreement and they pay the landlord. Whichever you are, ensure you get a receipt or pay via internet banking so you have a record of payments made.

Who is responsible for repairing things around your flat when you are renting?

As a tenant, you must inform the landlord immediately if you notice anything which needs fixing. This also includes maintenance work to be done, regardless of how the damage occurred. This is to ensure that your flat remains safe and the landlord can arrange to fix the problem. (more…)

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If you’re planning on installing balustrades or wondering if you need to, then you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of identifying if you need a balustrade, the options you have and how to make sure it will meet the current NZ Building Code. Let’s jump to it!

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What is a balustrade and do I need one?

A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the way to a full fence. It’s often confused with a bannister, which is a type of handrail. Both have the same purpose though: to keep you safe.

A balustrade is needed wherever there is a drop of more than a metre, such as on a deck, staircase or balcony. The NZ Building Code clause F4 says that “a barrier is needed when someone could fall vertically one metre or more.” (more…)

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Whether you are building or renovating, at some stage you will need to consider your downpipes and spouting options. We’re lucky in New Zealand that we have many options when it comes to rainwater collection systems. With downpipe and guttering manufacturers all praising their own products, it makes finding a non-biased opinion about choosing the best type and material challenging.  

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That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to choose the right material and type of spouting and downpipes for your home. (more…)

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With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

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Decorating your child’s bedroom is an enjoyable yet challenging task. Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedroom uniquely suited to your child.

A child who likes rugby, sea creatures or Batman, would love design elements that reflect these interests.

Involve your son or daughter in the design and planning process as much as possible and appropriate for his age. This makes for a great bonding experience!

Builderscrack have some tips for success when decorating your child’s bedroom, but if you are unsure where to start hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!

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Believe it or not, but this year the Year of the Kitchen. Okay, well maybe we’ve exaggerated that a bit, though many homeowners will consider kitchen design trends before renovating their kitchen at some point through the year. However, this year does see the start of many new exciting kitchen trends, as well as the continuation of a few favourites. Whether you are installing a complete new kitchen or partially renovating an existing one, we’ve got you covered with these new kitchen design trends.

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Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with.

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