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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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