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

Monday, Aug 22, 2016

Residual methamphetamine in rental properties - an update by Colin Comber

Members may have heard or viewed various reports in the media in recent weeks about the issue of residual methamphetamine in rental accommodation. This communication is intended as a summary of some key points that have emerged from the ongoing debate about the subject:

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Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

Auckland Unitary Plan notification welcomed

Auckland Council’s notification today of its new Unitary Plan is an historic step in enabling New Zealand’s largest city to better grow and prosper, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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Friday, Aug 19, 2016

Steel mesh testing to be strengthened

Consultation on proposed changes to the Building Code to strengthen steel reinforcing mesh testing requirements has opened today, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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Saturday, Aug 13, 2016

Accessible Properties preferred provider in Tauranga

IHC subsidiary Accessible Properties has been chosen as the preferred provider to take over the ownership of Housing New Zealand’s properties in Tauranga, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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Friday, Aug 12, 2016

Reserve Bank defers start of proposed changes to investor LVR

The Reserve Bank is deferring the start of the proposed changes to investor loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) nationwide from 1 September to 1 October 2016, based on feedback from the banking industry from its recent consultation on the proposals.

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Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

Rights of the tenant versus rights of the landlord

“There are good and bad aspects of the Greens’ Residential Tenancies (Safe and Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill which was selected from the ballot today” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation.

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Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

NZPIF in the news in July and August

During the July/August period, Andrew King has been interviewed by a variety of media about the minimum standards for rental properties which came into force on July 1, about the Labour Party policy announcements. changes in Reserve Bank policy on levels of LVR for property investors, and the Green Party's housing bill. Six NZPIF media releases have been distributed on these issues as well.

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Monday, Aug 01, 2016

Government raises KiwiSaver HomeStart caps

The Government is increasing the income and house price caps of the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme to ensure it meets its objectives of helping New Zealanders buy their first home, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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Saturday, Jul 30, 2016

Supporting better housing outcomes

The Government is investing $9 million over two years in the next steps of its programme to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders’ housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

Bunnings insulation installation scheme

You can now come in to Bunnings stores and request a quote to have new insulation installed in your rental properties and homes that will comply with the new laws. It’s that easy!

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Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Get unlimited fibre broadband for less than$2.50 a day

Since the announcement of our partnership, MyRepublic have been inundated with enquiries from members interested in getting fibre at home, at their rental properties for tenants and at the office.

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Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Simple solutions to your decorating needs from Guthrie Bowron

Guthrie Bowron is New Zealand’s decorating specialists, and are proud to have been a trusted New Zealand brand since 1896.

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Sunday, Jul 24, 2016

ANZ Property Focus

Here is a free resource form ANZ that will keep you in touch with the latest developments in the property market - and what may happen in the future. From a quick overview of market trends to in-depth reviews of key issues, the Property Focus is essential reading for anyone interested in the property market.

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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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