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, 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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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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Sunday, Apr 24, 2016

NZPIF app now live on iPhones and Android phones

This new NZPIF app can be downloaded free and is designed to give members of Property Investors' Associations easy access to information about all the benefits to which they are entitled.

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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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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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Sunday, Mar 20, 2016

A NZPIF Easter special from Unovent

A NZPIF Easter Special offer is made to all members. This is a 25% price reduction for Unovent Home Ventilation Kitsets which has become available until 25 April, 2016

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Sunday, Mar 20, 2016

Accessing the NZPIF app

Android phone users can now download the app showing information about sponsors

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Sunday, Mar 20, 2016

How many smoke alarms are required?

Many landlords are looking for definitive information about the number of smoke alarms required in their rentals

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Thursday, Mar 17, 2016

Shortlist announced for transfer of social houses in Tauranga and Invercargill

The Government has requested formal proposals from four respondents looking to purchase and manage social houses in Tauranga and Invercargill, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say

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Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

Official Cash Rate reduced to 2.25 percent

The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 2.25 percent

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Saturday, Mar 05, 2016

Nine Nelson special housing areas approved

The Government has approved nine new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) proposed by the Nelson City Council that will fast-track 417 additional homes, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016

$2 million boost to help homeless Aucklanders

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has today announced details of the Government’s $2 million contribution to increasing the emergency housing supply in Auckland.

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Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

Get your painting jobs done with these PowerPass deals

March special from Bunnings

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Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

Powerful deals with PowerPass from Bunnings

Every month Bunnings send us information for you about specials for that month

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Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016

Save on building projects with PowerPass products

March specials from Bunnings

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Saturday, Feb 27, 2016

$2.9 million boost for Waikato HNZ homes

Increased spending on maintenance by Housing New Zealand’s is making its Waikato properties better places to live, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says

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Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

The Salvation Army's 2016 State of the nation report released today

This report is called "Moving Targets" and has a section on housing.

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Monday, Feb 22, 2016

Christchurch housing on track for full recovery

The Government’s wide-ranging support for Christchurch has ensured the city’s housing market is nearing recovery five years on from the Canterbury earthquakes, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said today

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Monday, Feb 22, 2016

Insulation tax deductions

Due to insulation becoming compulsory in July, the NZPIF believe that the cost of the insulation should be tax deductible. To confirm this, last year the NZPIF requested clarification from the IRD.

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Friday, Feb 19, 2016

Tony Alexander looks at what will influence house prices in the future

The question he asks is what things cause house prices to fall and are any of these things likely in the near future?

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Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016

Auckland drops, the rest rise.

Jonno Ingerson, Director of Research at Corelogic NZ Ltd, says that Auckland values have dropped in the last month according to the latest QV house price index. Values in areas near Auckland continue to increase strongly while further South, things are a little patchier.

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Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5 percent

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5 percent.

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Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

Fewer expecting house price gains but see interest rates staying low

The latest ASB Housing Confidence Survey was released today

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Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

The complete answer for warm dry homes

Community Housing Aotearoa says that insulation is only half the answer in improving rental housing and that you still need to heat the house. "In fact it isn't even half the answer" says NZ Property Investors' Federation Executive Officer, Andrew King

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Monday, Jan 25, 2016

Heavy handed UK rental taxes

New Zealand is not the only country where people think that rental property owners are forcing people to be tenants. The UK Government has introduced tax changes aimed at forcing people out of owning rental property (termed buy-to-let in the UK) and reducing competition for first home buyers.

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Friday, Jan 22, 2016

Number on social housing register continues to decline

The December 2015 Social Housing Register shows that better understanding applicant’s particular needs is housing more vulnerable people, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Tony Alexander wriites his first BNZ weekly overview for 2016

Housing is one of the topics he covers.

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Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016

Rental prices in NZ are quite reasonable

It has been suggested that landlords are responsible for rental property overcrowding and even hot-bedding, but this is unlikely to be the case.

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Monday, Jan 18, 2016

A New Year offer from Unovent

By popular request from NZPIF members, the 25% price reduction for Unovent Home Ventilation Kitsets has become available until February 5, 2016, and is an exclusive offer for members of Property Investors' Associations affiliated to the NZPIF. It is for any size kitset (any number of room outlets) and for any quantity of kitsets.

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Friday, Jan 15, 2016

Cashing in on the baby boomer market

Late last year the Salvation Army published an interesting report into housing Baby Boomers. The report claimed there will be around 200,000 people who in 2030 will be aged over 65 years old and not own their home. That should interest all forward thinking rental property owners.

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Friday, Jan 15, 2016

NZ house prices - a historical perspective

Elizabeth Kendall provides some interesting insights into the context of rising house prices.

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Monday, Jan 11, 2016

Housing construction hits one billion dollars per month

The growth in residential building hit an all-time record of a billion dollars of work consented in a month for the first time ever, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith noted today in response to Statistics New Zealand building consent data.

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Monday, Jan 04, 2016

Rental Warrant of Fitness to be introduced this year in Wellington and Dunedin

He Kainga Oranga will measure how a WoF affects the rental market and tenant health in Wellington and Dunedin, compared with control cities Lower Hutt and Invercargill, which are not planning to introduce a rental WOF at this stage.

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Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015

Government and Salvation Army dedicate new social housing site

As announced by the Government last week, more social housing from the community housing sector in Auckland is expected to deliver over 500 new places, with 87 places provided by The Salvation Army

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Sunday, Dec 13, 2015

Aging populations and regional decline

Natalie Jackson has written this paper as part of the AUT series of Briefing Papers begun in 2014.

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Thursday, Dec 10, 2015

Are you paying too much for insurance?

The NZPIF has researched the property insurance market and found that some policies are not targeted for rental property and cost over 40% more than others.

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Thursday, Dec 10, 2015

Official Cash Rate reduced to 2.5 percent

The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 2.5 percent.

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Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015

New report on retirement village industry by JLL

The report highlights the remarkable opportunities for growth and expansion within the retirement village industry.

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Friday, Dec 04, 2015

Report on homeless elderly

This Salvation Army report outlines the accommodation needs of the elderly in the future.

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Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

New law and regulations on smoke alarms and insulation

The Government introduced to Parliament today the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and also released for consultation the associated proposed regulations for insulation and smoke alarms, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has announced.

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Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Resource legislation introduced to Parliament

The Government introduced to Parliament today its substantive Bill overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) to support business growth and housing development while also ensuring more effective environmental management, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has announced.

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Friday, Nov 20, 2015

Expressions of interest taken from Community Housing Providers

Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett are pleased to announce the Government is now taking Expressions of Interest from Community Housing Providers (CHPs) to transfer social housing in Invercargill and Tauranga.

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