First development areas in Whenuapai to be notified for rezoning

Intensification of a once-rural West Auckland suburb draws closer as notification of changes to land zoning is approved. Auckland Council’s planning committee approved public notification of the rezoning of 360 hectares of land in Whenuapai for industrial and residential development on September 5. The first precinct to be rezoned stretches along the northern side of the Read more about First development areas in Whenuapai to be notified for rezoning[…]

Average Auckland house price inches back to $1.1m

Average Auckland house price inches back to $1.1m; National average rises to $628k; Uncertainty remains over whether LVR restrictions and looming interest rate rises will keep slowing house price growth. Lending restrictions and looming interest rate rises are subduing rampant house price growth, but question marks remain over whether the slow-down is here to stay. Read more about Average Auckland house price inches back to $1.1m[…]

Landlords struggle to claim on tenants’ accidental damage

People drunkenly falling through skylights and dogs wrecking carpets after being locked inside are incidents landlords are now having to pay to fix in the fallout from a Court of Appeal decision earlier this year. A case where a tenant did not have to pay for damage after leaving a pot of oil on the Read more about Landlords struggle to claim on tenants’ accidental damage[…]

Landlords concerned about Tenancy Tribunal precedent

A tenant who let her dogs urinate throughout a house – despite a no-pets policy – doesn’t have to pay to replace the ruined carpets. Landlords are pointing to the contentious Tenancy Tribunal ruling against a Horowhenua property owner as a concrete example of their concerns about a change in rules. The Foxton house at the centre of the dispute Read more about Landlords concerned about Tenancy Tribunal precedent[…]

Landlords angry over rental damage ruling

Three months on from a landmark court case, landlords are angry that they cannot even claim the excess on their insurance claim when tenants damage their property accidentally. In April the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of a couple who were pursued by the landlord’s insurer for the cost of a house fire, caused by an untended pot Read more about Landlords angry over rental damage ruling[…]

Tenants from hell – an Auckland landlord’s story

You think it’s easy being a landlord? All we do is sit around and randomly put up rents when our Jags need servicing. Capitalist pigs, feeding from the trough of tenants’ misery. Apparently we bunch people’s undies too. People who think being a landlord is simply a matter of buying a property, finding a tenant, Read more about Tenants from hell – an Auckland landlord’s story[…]

Zoning fix for housing crisis too simplistic

The Government has settled on a simplistic solution to the Auckland housing shortage. It will simply order the Auckland Council to expand its residential zoning until prices are stabilised. The order will take the form of a national policy statement that is expected to be issued very soon, possibly today. It would more accurately be Read more about Zoning fix for housing crisis too simplistic[…]

‘Bad’ tenants let off the hook for damage after court ruling

Bad tenants are being unfairly let off the hook for property damage after a court decision, landlords say. The Court of Appeal ruled last week that tenants who caused a fire by leaving oil unattended on a stove in 2009 could not be held financially liable. The Residential Tenancies Act states tenants can be made Read more about ‘Bad’ tenants let off the hook for damage after court ruling[…]

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