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

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Email: www@nzpif.org.nz

News & Updates

Recent updates

Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015

Nationwide residential property values for August have increased.

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for August have increased 11.3% over the past year

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Monday, Aug 31, 2015

The ANZ Property Focus in August looks a the regions

Sales volumes, the median days to sell and annual house price inflation in July were all the strongest since 2007, with sales activity in the upper North Island strengthening

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Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Analysing claims for exemplary damages

Tenancy Tribunal statistics show that nearly 50% of the tenant applications against landlords contained a claim for exemplary damages from the landlord, while less than 0.5% of landlords applications were for exemplary damages.

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Monday, Aug 24, 2015

Investor LVR limits to reduce financila system risk

The Reserve Bank expects new lending limits for Auckland property investors will reduce heightened financial system risk, and help moderate the Auckland housing market cycle, Deputy Governor Grant Spencer said today.

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Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Reserve Bank responds to submissions on LVR rules

The Reserve Bank today published a summary of submissions and final policy positions in regards to changes in the Loan to Value Ratio restriction rules (LVRs), and the asset classification of residential property investment loans in the Capital Adequacy Framework.

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Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Practical and elegant heating solutions from Infracomfort NZ Ltd

Infracomfort is a preferred supplier of home heating to members of Property Investors’ Associations.

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Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Preliminary findings of the 2015 NZPIF membershship survey

This survey was sent out in July to all members of property investors’ associations in New Zealand. 664 took part answering questions about the cost of providing rental property, heating and insulation and about landlords’ experiences with the Tenancy Tribunal.

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Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

NZPIF in the news in July and August

Media was a little less focused on property investors during July and August. However, the effects of announced policy on groups such as bach owners was highlighted. Also the Child Poverty Action Group remained unsatisfied by the Government announcements regarding heating and insulation and continued to call for a WOF for rental properties.

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Friday, Aug 14, 2015

Building code information to be more accessible

The Government is investing in a single website for all Building Code information to make it easier to access and comply with building regulations, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today

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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Property investor or trader?

Latest Reserve Bank lending data showed that the proportion of lending to investors has risen from 29 percent to 33 per cent over the last year. Following this release, some headlines have read "Investors head first-home buyers", "Auckland is a ‘speculators’ paradise" and” Investors dominate first home buyers".

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Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

Monetary policy supporting growth and inflatiion goal

The Reserve Bank today confirmed that at this stage some further monetary policy easing is likely to be required to maintain New Zealand’s economic growth around its potential, and return CPI inflation to its medium-term target level.

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Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Expecting house price rises and interest rate falls

The ASB Housing Confidence Survey, three months to July, was released today.

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Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Expecting house price rises and interest rate falls

The ASB Housing Confidence Survey, three months to July, was released today.

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Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

Official cash rate reduced to 3.0 percent today

Statement by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler:

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Monday, Jul 20, 2015

Stiffer penalties for landlords

The Government is seeking to introduce policies intended to encourage our industry to smarten up its act. The two key proposals are increasing the consequences of retaliatory action and giving Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment greater powers to prosecute landlords who provide substandard rental property. Another concerns changes to breaching a work order.

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Friday, Jul 17, 2015

Good news on tenancy abandonment

In a surprise move, Government is seeking to amend the RTA to improve processes for resolving tenancy abandonment cases. These are cases where the rent is in arrears and the tenant has vacated the property without giving notice.

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Friday, Jul 17, 2015

New requirements for smoke alarms

As part of their rental property minimum standards, Government intends to make smoke alarms compulsory in rental properties. Here is further information on the proposed new laws.

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Thursday, Jul 16, 2015

The story of the century - dramatic changes in housing and population

The size of New Zealand’s households has halved – but it’s taken over a century to do it, according to new analysis from Statistics New Zealand.

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Thursday, Jul 16, 2015

Warrant of fitness rejected

The New Zealand Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) is very pleased that Government has rejected the campaign to introduce a Warrant of Fitness (WOF) for all rental properties.

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Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015

Minimum standards for rental properties

The Government has now introduced the expected Minimum Standards for Rental Properties legislative proposal.

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Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015

NZPIF in the news in June and July

The subjects of NZPIF media comments over this period have included the proposed capital gains tax for properties sold within two years, and requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in rented properties.

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Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015

PIMMS2 unveiled

Here is a chance to learn everything you wanted to know about the NZPIF membership and website management system and more besides. Three hands on training workshops have been organised

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Thursday, Jul 09, 2015

Investors see benefit in rental improvements

The NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF) believes that the announcements on tenancy conditions are reasonably balanced, ensuring better standards for tenants without causing a reduction in rental property supply or excessive rental price increases.

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Thursday, Jul 09, 2015

Tenancy law changes to include insulation and smoke alarm requirements

The Residential Tenancies Act is to be strengthened with new requirements for insulation, smoke alarms, better enforcement and faster resolution of abandoned tenancies, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today

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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

How many cold and damp houses do we really have?

The total rental housing stock in New Zealand numbers around 440,000, including approx. 60,000 owned by Housing Corporation of New Zealand. Judging from the recent ‘noise’ in the media about cold and damp houses an uninformed bystander could be forgiven for thinking every rental property in the country is in dire need of a ‘warm and healthy’ makeover.

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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

Landlord of the Year 2015

NZ Property Investors’ Federation and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Landlord of the Year 2015 - Entry Form

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Thursday, Jul 02, 2015

Auckland continues to drive deterioration of home affordability

Massey University's Home Affordability Report - Quarterly survey June 2015, Volume 25, number 2

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Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015

Calls for removing mortgage tax deductibility

Rental property owners have continued to be the focus of all attempts to reduce house prices in Auckland. Some commentators have said we need to make it even harder for investors in order to stop house price rises and give first home buyers a chance.

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Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

Home owners can pay property tax as well

An issues paper on the Bright-line test for sales of residential property, released yesterday confirms that some homeowners will have a Bright Line test applied against them.

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Monday, Jun 22, 2015

Insurance advice after severe flooding and weathr damage

As the clean-up begins after severe flooding and weather damage, the advice from the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman, Karen Stevens, is to contact your insurance company and take photos of the damage before you start your clean up.

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Friday, Jun 19, 2015

Minimum standards for rentals are coming

How will agreement be reached as to what these standards should be?

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Friday, Jun 19, 2015

Calls for removing mortgage tax deductibility

Rental property owners have continued to be the focus of all attempts to reduce house prices in Auckland. Some commentators have said we need to make it even harder for investors in order to stop house price rises and give first home buyers a chance. Rental property owners have continued to be the focus of all attempts to reduce house prices in Auckland. Some commentators have said we need to make it even harder for investors in order to stop house price rises and give first home buyers a chance. Tax deductibility of expenses is the latest issue that has been raised.

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Thursday, Jun 18, 2015

Political report for May/ June 2015

The following is a summary of the political or regulatory news or comment affecting the residential property market

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Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015

Have you seen the new Tenancy Services website?

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment launched its Tenancy Services website on 22 April 2015. It is user friendly, helping tenants and landlords find out information they need related to tenancy services. This website replaces the tenancy and unit title information previously held on the www.dbh.govt.nz website. For more information go to www.tenancy.govt.nz.

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Monday, Jun 15, 2015

NZPIF in the news in May and June

Capital gains tax, a warrant of fitness for rental housing, the advantages of renting – these were some of the issues which were debated in the media over the last month

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Saturday, Jun 13, 2015

Property tax aimed at speculators

Our industry has been hit with a double punch over the last week. The Reserve Banks increasing LVR limits for Auckland rental property owners to 30% (don't laugh too hard in the provinces, you may be next) and the Government bringing in an effective Capital Gains Tax called a Bright Line Test.

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Thursday, Jun 11, 2015

Reserve Bank reduces Official Cash Rate to 3.25 percent

Statement by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler:

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Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015

Landlords take the initiative

“The NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) has already acted to ensure that smoke alarms are readily available for members to install in their rentals. There is a special purchasing scheme for these alarms on the NZPIF website, “said Andrew King Executive Officer of the NZPIF.

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Monday, Jun 08, 2015

Study to help improve NZ's housing for children

Wellington-based researcher Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman has just received a $5 million programme grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to help improve New Zealand’s housing stock – particularly rental properties – for the sake of our children’s health.

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Sunday, Jun 07, 2015

Four different views on renting

On RadioNZ on Sunday 7 June Wallace Chapman’s show hosted four different viewpoints on renting .Those interviewed were Jane a Wellington renter, Shamubeel Eaqub NZIER economist, Kayla from an advocacy group for renters and Andrew King Executive Officer of the NZPIF

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Thursday, Jun 04, 2015

What would have saved Emma-Lita?

Our members, like many other people, would like to make sure that children such as Emma-Lita, who died in August last year, do not suffer as a result of their living conditions” said Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF)

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Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015

Submissions called for on Fire Services review

Proposals to improve support for volunteer, paid and rural firefighters and to ensure fire services meet community expectations are open for public feedback.

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Monday, Jun 01, 2015

What should the Fire Service look like in the future and how should it be funded?

Participate in the current review of the Fire Service before July 10

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

A further blow for landlords and their tenants

At ten to five on Friday afternoon, the start of a long weekend holiday, the Reserve Bank chose to announce proposals to increase the cost of borrowing for non-owner occupied residential properties.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

MBIE's confirmed organisational structure

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Chief Executive, David Smol has announced the final decision on MBIE’s organisational structure following consultation with its people

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NZ economy remains solid, growing at around 3% until 2017

Strong net migration, a booming Auckland and the Canterbury rebuild are boosting New Zealand’s economy

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Community housing: the Government needs to step on the accelerator

Community housing organisations say the government’s budget initiatives on housing are too timid – and won’t deliver the results needed.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Social housing reform bill passed into law

Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Housing reform Bill completes first reading

A bill reforming social housing law has completed its first reading under Urgency

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A super deal for the purchase of Thermoptek Sensor smoke alarms

NZPIF has negotiated a super deal for the purchase of Thermoptek Sensor smoke alarms. These smoke alarms are the same as installed by the NZ Fire Service

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