Articles: by David Stoevelaar

Buying and selling houses during the Covid-19 pandemic

Despite the global pandemic, New Zealand’s property market has been buoyant with house prices continuing to rise. With relatively low interest rates, many New Zealanders are taking the opportunity to cash in or upgrade to a bigger or newer property.

To prevent setbacks, most Agreements for Sale and Purchase contain covid-19 clauses that addresses how conditions and settlement should occur if the alert level changes. But what happens if an Agreement does not include such a clause?


Healthy Homes & Landlord Responsibilities

Winter is here, and so too are the Government’s healthy homes standards, which just hit a major milestone this week. As of the 1st July 2021, landlords must ensure their rental properties meet these standards within 90 days of starting or renewing a new tenancy.



Do you rely on a fire place or multi burner in the winter or are you looking at purchasing a property with one? If your answer is yes, there are fuel regulations you might not be aware of.


Spot....sit! Good dog!

As of May 2021 there were 543,972 dogs registered on the National Dog Database in New Zealand. While these statistics illustrate our love for furry friends, sometimes things can go wrong, so if you are a dog owner, it is important for you to understand your responsibilities.


New restraints for landlords

The New Zealand rental market is in hot demand with many renters experiencing issues in securing a rental property, as they are competing with home buyers in a property market where house price show no signs of slowing.

There are a number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act taking effect from February 2021 with more restraints placed on a Landlords. Here are the key changes.