tenancy agreement

Hi my name is Lauretta Kimber and I started Bower Property Management nearly five years ago.

This blog is going to be about some silly and serious antics from tenants and hopefully provide some guidance and advice on renting residential properties here in New Zealand.

I started as a Property Manager nearly 16 years ago in a small town North of Auckland.  I was very excited when a young man walked into the office and told me that he had a place in the country that he wanted to rent out.  Great!  I could see my rental portfolio growing steadily.

I went out to view the property.  Quite an old shaggy looking place.  Dated decor and shabby furniture with a lot of rubbish lying around the section.  It was pretty rural with the closest neighbour being quite a bit away.

After about a week the owner started calling me every day to see if I had any interest.  One call he made to me I was so pleased to report to him that I did have someone through earlier in the day and I would get back to him if they were interested in renting the place.

The next morning when I got to the office I found messages to contact the Police and a certain Lawyer!  Apparently the property had burnt down overnight under suspicious circumstances and my car was the last one to be seen leaving the property!

The young man even had the audacity to accuse me of stealing the TV and a few other items before the fire!

Obviously none of this was true and I certainly did not set fire to the property.  As it turned out he had done this as there was a dispute over the place between his Mother and her partner and wanted the insurance payout to go to his Mother.

I was set up all along and it even made the local paper!

Property Market

Auckland house value data for last month could show the city is still in the “push-pause late-holiday” season mode.
At midday tomorrow, Quotable Value releases its house price index data for last month and the latest three-month period.
That could show a somewhat less frenetic pace of activity due to it capturing the tail end of the holiday period.
Yet it could also show renewed interest in the market and an increase in values, particularly at the extremely popular lower end of the market.

Townhouses and apartments have been popular lately.
QV last released data on the sector on February 9, showing a somewhat patchy picture.
Andrea Rush, national spokesperson, said that for the first time in more than a year, January values had decreased in the past month in the former Auckland City Council suburbs, on the North Shore, in Manukau and Waitakere.
Yet home values continued to rise in outer fringe Auckland areas of Rodney, Papakura and Franklin, as well as in most other parts of the New Zealand.
QV Homevalue registered valuer, James Wilson said January saw a continuation of softening market conditions prevalent in the latter months of last year, characterised by decreased activity and an easing of some Auckland sub-markets, particularly investor housing stock.
The lower end of the market was still rocketing ahead.
“Demand for recently constructed dwellings or purchases off-the-plan is still extremely strong particularly for developments which offer smaller layouts such as attached townhouses or apartments as they offer more affordable options for buyers,” Wilson said last month.
“The construction of minor dwellings on sections with an existing home is also on the rise and is a popular method for investors to improve rental returns across their portfolios.
Buyers must ensure any such additions are consented and be wary of making purchase decisions based on unsustainable or illegal sources of income, such as un-consented construction or flat conversions,” Wilson said.

– NZ Herald