August 2017 Newsletter

August 10, 2017 at 9:27 AM



Hi there, 

July has been a feverish month for monitoring compliance and legislative changes across our Industry.

Housing Minister Nick Smith announced the new standard for methamphetamine contamination, sampling and testing. Saying, “the new standard was a "huge step forward" in helping homeowners and tenants deal with the risks of meth contamination”. The most significant change is the new 1.5μg/100cm2 limit, compared with 0.5μg/100cm2 under the old guidelines. And anyone of Goodwin's property managers will be happy to provide further detail in this regards.

This new standard will be used by methamphetamine testing and clean-up/decontamination companies; laboratories that analyze samples taken from methamphetamine-contaminated properties; health, safety, and environmental regulators; property owners, managers, and insurers.
Access to this standard has been funded by agencies that have an interest in making the standard freely accessible.
The standard can be downloaded at no cost on the Standards New Zealand website. Baseline testing at tenancy start date is now the Tenancy Tribunal’s ‘best-practice’ recommendation, and your property manager will be happy to provide further detail in this regards.
We have also been watching closely as minimum standards for insulation and heating are debated. On the 27th of July, Miriam Bell of commented, “Labour Party leader Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill  scraped through the vote with 60 votes to 59 to continue its progress towards becoming law.
However, with Parliament due to be dissolved by August 22 and just one more members’ day set down before then, the Bill is unlikely to progress any further before September’s election”.
We will ensure to monitor developments closely on behalf of our Clients.
In the meantime, we encourage all landlords to get-ahead of minimum Insulation Requirements that will take effect on 1 July 2019. To which end, Tenancy Services have produced this very useful online summary:  Again, we invite your contact with any member of our team if you would like further detail and/or quoting of the minimum requirements for your rental property.

As always, we welcome and encourage your feedback of our service, or if you require expert advice when it comes to your investment property please do not hesitate to get in contact 

Catherine Goodwin LLB AREINZ
General Manager


Tragedy Highlights Risks In Property Management

Our Team cannot let tragedy of the double-homicide of 2 property managers in Northland pass without tribute.

We have had many instances across our 26 years where we have called upon Mental Health Crisis Teams, and the NZ Police in trying to protect tenants and/or our staff. The death of 2 property managers simply doing their job is unthinkable, and heartbreaking. 
If you know of anyone, whether it be family, a friend, a colleague, or, if you are a property manager and have a tenant that might need help, please reach out to them; or, if you cannot do that then contact someone that can help. If you think a person presents an immediate danger to themselves or others, telephone 111 or, the Mental Health Crisis Team on 
0800 800 717 (operating 24/7 in Auckland).
Our deepest sympathies remain with the family of Wendy and Natanya Campbell.

In follow-up to which, we also share link to an important article written by David Faulkner who is a retained consultant to Goodwin Property Management:
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Insulation Must be Top of Mind

Remember to budget for insulation requirements


Good quality insulation helps keep the heat in during winter and out during summer.
Insulation statements are compulsory on all tenancy agreements signed since 1 July 2016.  The landlord must disclose whether there is insulation in the rental home, where it is, what type and what condition it is in, so tenants can make an informed decision. 
Ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from
1 July 2019 where it is reasonably practicable to install. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed.
A landlord who fails to comply with the regulations is committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000.

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Restaurant Month 2017

August 2017

This August central Auckland will come alive with 25 dining events and special $25, $40 and $55+ menu offers from over 100 central city restaurants as part of Restaurant Month. Try something new and create dining memories that will last you a lifetime.

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