Bonds and bond refunds

Alide Elkink  |  April 19, 2024
Moving into a new rental property is expensive. Upfront costs typically include two weeks’ rent in advance and a bond, usually equal to four weeks’ rent.
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National threatens to reintroduce the “no-cause” termination of a tenancy

Alide Elkink  |  October 5, 2023
If National becomes part of the next government, it is proposing to bring back the “no-cause” termination of a tenancy. This means that once again, owners will be able to evict tenants without the need to give a reason which, in turn works to undermine the security of tenure that tenants currently have.
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Stop the mould – Part 2: Managing internal moisture

Alide Elkink  |  September 29, 2023
Mould on surfaces grows from the mould spores that are all around us in the air. While we cannot eliminate them, they are harmless as long as we do not provide the three conditions that enable them to grow, that is, suitable temperature, a food source and moisture. The indoor environment caters to the first two conditions: we heat indoor spaces to provide the conditions in which mould likes to grow, but moulds can also grow in a wide range of temperatures so unheated indoor spaces can still sustain mould growth; and food sources for mould include many of the building and furnishing materials in our homes.
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Stop the mould – Part 1: Understanding internal moisture.

Alide Elkink  |  August 16, 2023
Around this time every year it’s the same problem – windows stream and mould grows. So, is there anything we can do to prevent it?
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What happens when a rental property becomes uninhabitable due to a natural disaster

Alide Elkink  |  April 20, 2023
In light of the recent natural disasters that have seen many houses around the country ‘red-stickered’, what is the recourse for tenants when their rental property is damaged or becomes uninhabitable?
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Renting to a family member

Alide Elkink  |  June 8, 2022
While the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) generally applies to all residential tenancies, section 5 of the Act lists a significant number of situations where the Act is specifically excluded. Of particular relevance to family rental situations is s.5(1)(n), which excludes rentals where a rental property is used as a residence by the landlord, the owner of the premises, or a member of the landlord’s or owner’s family.
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37 new changes to Healthy Home Standards

Alide Elkink  |  May 24, 2022
Changes to the Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) came into effect on 12 May 2022. In addition to the changes to heating (described in my previous blog), there are minor changes to the ventilation, and moisture ingress and drainage standards.
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Changes to the Healthy Homes Standards

Alide Elkink  |  January 13, 2022
In response to feedback from the rental industry, the Government is to introduce a number of changes to the Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) for heating, ventilation, and moisture ingress and drainage.
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Subletting and assigning

Alide Elkink  |  December 20, 2021
There is some confusion about the differences between subletting and assigning. Both describe passing on a tenancy to another party but there are some significant differences.
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