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Accidental damage to a rental property - who pays?

6 August 2019

Are you a Landlord or Tenant or been in a rental property that has been accidently damaged? Who fronts the cost of accidental damage to a rental property has been an ongoing issue since 2016 when a court ruling determined that landlords could not recover the excess of an insurance claim from the tenants.

This resulted in some Landlords having to pay the excess for damages where the tenant damaged the property, and in some circumstances, pay multiple times.

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First Home Buyers

12 July 2019

GOING, GOING, SOLD!…. Are you a first home buyer and not sure where to start? Or have you found the perfect home but are overwhelmed with how to proceed?

Don’t panic, purchasing property doesn’t have to be stressful. There are some steps you can take to help with the purchase process.

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Kiwisaver withdrawals for previous home-owners

12 March 2019

Want to use your kiwisaver to purchase a house, and have owned a property previously? If you meet the criteria then you may be able to withdraw your kiwisaver.

To do this you must make an application to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) to determine whether you meet the criteria. The criteria is to assess whether you are in the same financial position as a first home buyer.

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Warm toes - happy tenants

13 February 2019

Hopefully my weather forecast isn’t right, and it’s not raining as you read this. However it’s a good time now to think about insulating for the winter. It’s nice to be able to light your fire, and not have the heat leave the room within minutes of the fire dying down.

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