New Zealand Property Investors' Federation, (NZPIF) is the umbrella body for 20 local Property Investors' Associations throughout New Zealand.

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Recent updates

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016

RBNZ proposes change to loan-to-value restrictions taking effect on September 1

The Reserve Bank has today released a consultation paper proposing changes to loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) to further mitigate risks to financial stability arising from the current boom in house prices.

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Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016

Reserve Bank restrictions hurt tenants and small investors

One of the Reserve Bank's tasks is to keep inflation between 1% and 3%. It appears that the purpose of the LVR tightening is to allow the Reserve Bank to lower interest rates, thereby stimulating the economy and lowering the NZ dollar.

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Friday, Jul 15, 2016

Responding to Brian Fallow's opinion piece in NZ Herald Friday 15th July

Brian Fallow's extraordinary opinion piece against rental property owners demands a reply. His view has been fixed since he became a journalist and there appears to be no way that they will change. However New Zealand deserves to hear the complete story.

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Sunday, Jul 10, 2016

Labour's housing policies won't help tenants

Last week Labour leader, Andrew Little, said he was announcing new measures that he maintained were aimed at traders and speculators, not investors providing rental accommodation. Labour is proposing to target rental property owners with an extension to the Bright Line Test and by banning negative gearing.

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Friday, Jul 08, 2016

Labour's focus is correct

When asked by a journalist yesterday if any of Labour’s housing announcements would target investors, Andrew Little clarified that they would target speculators, "those looking to for short term gain in the housing market."

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Thursday, Jul 07, 2016

Rental property providers threatened

The Reserve Bank has stated that housing supply is the real issue in house price increases. However because they cannot influence supply, they are threatening rental property providers with tighter Loan-to-Value Ratios (LVRs) and Limits on Debt-to-Income ratios (DTIs).

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Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016

Are we shooting at the wrong target?

Following QV's monthly housing report released today, the Prime Minister’s advice to further hinder the provision of rental properties in New Zealand is misguided.

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Sunday, Jul 03, 2016

Residual meth in our rentals

Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZPIF, looks into the facts behind the media hype

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Sunday, Jul 03, 2016

$1b fund to accelerate housing infrastructure

The Prime Minister today announced a new $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to accelerate the supply of new housing where it’s needed most, Finance Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith say.

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Friday, Jul 01, 2016

NZPIF in the news in May and June

Over May and June, Andrew King has been interviewed by representatives of the media on a number of occasions. First of all he was asked for comment on the housing aspects of the 2016 Budget. Then the change of the Tenancy law requiring minimum standards for rentals became the hot issue as the end of June approached.

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Thursday, Jun 30, 2016

Warmer, drier, safer rental law kicks in

Tenancy law changes covering smoke alarms, insulation, enforcement of standards and property abandonment come into effect tomorrow, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says

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Monday, Jun 20, 2016

Big price reductions on heating from Infracomfort

It is worth looking at the heating options offered by Infracomfort. They have reduced pricing and have a new product to offer.

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Friday, Jun 17, 2016

New relocation grant available from Monday

Grants of up to $5000 to cover costs involved in moving from Auckland will be available from Monday, 20 June, for eligible people who may want to relocate to other areas of the country but find cost a barrier.

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Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016

Law change proposed to address 'P' house problem

National MP Andrew Bayly is proposing changes in the law to address the problem with methamphetamine-contaminated houses.

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Monday, Jun 13, 2016

Are there really too many property investors?

A recent CoreLogic report has claimed that 46% of property sales in Auckland over the last month were to investors. This figure was obtained by counting the number of properties bought by people who have an existing home. Apart from investing, there are many other situations where this may occur.

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Friday, Jun 10, 2016

Reducing risk as a landlord

The NZPIF insurance providers - Initio and First Lane Insurance - have provided these eight tips for reducing risk as a landlord

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Thursday, Jun 02, 2016

New policy proposed for urban development

The Government’s proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity will require councils to ensure land supply for housing and business keeps pace with growth, Environment, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Warmer, safer rental home law passed

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passed unanimously by Parliament today requiring smoke alarms and insulation in rental properties will save 1000 lives during the next decade, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Announcing a new special deal for members

The NZPIF is pleased to announce that it has negotiated a discount on MyRepublic’s fibre broadband plans for all members and partners of the Property Investors’ Associations nationally

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

NZPIF in the news during April/May

Issues of concern to the media were rising rental prices, Labour's Bill on minimum standards, landlords being liable for unintentional damage by tenants, number of foreign buyers of houses and the 2016 Budget.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Positives for housing in the budget do not go far enough

“It's great that the 2016 Budget has extended the Healthy Homes Initiative with an extra $18m,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF).

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Overview of 2016 Budget

Budget 2016 is a forward-looking Budget that invests in a growing economy

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Update regarding social housing transaction process

The Government has a wide range of work underway to progress social housing reforms that will help the community housing sector grow and innovate, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett said today.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Consequences for landlords when P is found on their properties

Two recent Tenancy Tribunal cases have increased the risk levels for landlords where P is found in their properties.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Keeping your rental dry

There are some reasonably simple steps you can take to improve your tenants living standards and better protect your rental property.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Hundreds of state homes already under construction

Hundreds of state homes already under construction Housing New Zealand is already building more homes than the Greens’ rushed policy proposed, and additional social houses are also being sourced from Community Housing Providers, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 NZPIF Conference a stimulating experience

Here is the background of three of the Conference speakers and each has a message which will sustain you during the following 12 months.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Queenstown housing accord gathers pace

Progress is being made in tackling Queenstown’s housing shortage, with the second monitoring report showing the local council has more than met its first-year consents target, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Labour support on city limits welcomed

The new position by the Labour opposition calling for an abolition of city limits has been welcomed by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

We don't need more regulation

Last month I wrote about house prices rising and the calls for more regulation. Unfortunately the calls for more regulation have been heard and the Reserve Bank is looking to introduce loan-to-income restrictions for mortgages.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

No land tax reasonable

"It is good to finally have some actual numbers around foreign buyers of New Zealand property" says NZ Property Investors Federation Executive Officer, Andrew King, "even if they may not be exact".

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Warmer, safer houses a step closer with Government Bill

A Government Bill to make homes warmer, drier and safer for New Zealanders who live in rental properties has passed its second reading in Parliament by 107 to 14.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

No regulation needed

The house sale statistics for March came out recently and showed that Auckland prices had risen after falling for several months. Other areas around New Zealand are also seeing house price increases and a new wave of media property angst developed.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Auckland bounce back confirmed as other main centres grow

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that the dip in values which started in December only lasted two months.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Compulsory heating and insulation in rentals is not the answer

Labour has reintroduced their Healthy Homes Bill which would make insulation and heating compulsory in rental properties.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Little detail in Labour bill leaves Government cold

Labour’s so-called Healthy Homes Bill is lacking in detail, slow in timing and unworkable in practise, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Minimum standards good for tenants

The NZ Property Investors' Federation generally supports the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which introduces minimum standards for residential rental properties.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Interim update on the ruling about unintentional damage by tenants

NZPIF has been in contact with the Insurance Council who are in the process of consulting with their insurance company members to see how they view the Court of Appeal ruling.

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Friday, Apr 29, 2016

Building investment at a record high

Building is at a record high, with consents of $13.6 billion of residential and commercial work across New Zealand for the year to 31 March 2016, the largest investment ever in both nominal and real terms, new building consent data out today shows.

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Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.25 percent

Statement by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler

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Monday, Apr 25, 2016

Tenants win $7,500 from landlord for P contamination

A landlord who unwittingly bought a rental property contaminated with meth has had to refund the tenants the rent they had paid.

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Saturday, Apr 23, 2016

Minimum standards confirmed

The Minister of Housing, Nick Smith, has announced the final look for regulations introducing minimum standards for rental properties. The actual title of the Bill is the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act.

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Saturday, Apr 23, 2016

Landlords' requirements for insulation and smoke alarms

Here are more details about the new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all residential tenancies if the Residential Amendment Act is passed into law.

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Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Overloading primary cause of Dunedin balcony collapse

An investigation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment into the collapse of a Castle Street balcony during a music concert on 4 March 2016, which resulted in injury to several students, has found the primary cause was overloading, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said today in releasing the report.

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Sunday, Apr 10, 2016

Adding insulation not cost effective

Over the last month or so, the NZPIF has attended workshops on the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act, more commonly known as "Minimum Standards for Rental Properties". We have also made two written submissions and attended a select committee hearing on the Bill.

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Friday, Apr 08, 2016

Home affordability report from Massey University

A 9.2% improvement in affordability is a key point in Massey University's latest Home Affordabilty Report

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Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016

What does the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 mean to landlords?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the Act) came into effect this week. It is a complicated piece of legislation as it has to apply to many different circumstances throughout the country.

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Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

New building info website launched

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the launch of a new website, www.building.govt.nz, to make information on regulation of New Zealand’s $25 billion a year building industry more accessible.

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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016

Tony Alexander looks at nine key points about the housing market in Auckland

This was a presentation in Auckland in which Tony Alexander decided that all nine points he mentioned do not represent a threat to the Auckland market

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Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016

Minimum standards good for tenants

The NZ Property Investors' Federation generally supports the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which introduces minimum standards for residential rental properties.

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