It’s been busy few months here at APM.
We celebrated our 27th birthday in early August, had our mid-winter staff function in early July, we had members of the team attend leadership training, asbestos training, personal safety training, the International Property & Building Expo and Chinese TV/Radio interviews, we have had new staff members join, and have welcomed new clients. It’s August already and we are showing no signs of slowing down!
Walking the Talk
My thoughts over the last few months have been on the property industry’s reputation. A lot of the media coverage lately has been about undesirable tenants, unskilled property managers, and new legislations that affect our profession. Property management can be a tough but rewarding industry and I can’t help but think that negative feedback from tenants or landlords would be reduced if the industry was re-regulated. A recent media release from REINZ called on the Government to re-regulate the property management industry. This call is nothing new, and in 2009 when the regulations were changed, I lobbied against the removal of such regulations that clearly benefited both the client and the industry providers, and was the best way of building consumer (both tenant and landlord) protection and confidence.
Auckland Property Management aims to be a leader in the industry and set an example of smart, professional, and trustworthy reduced risk property management. We are involved with industry bodies such as REINZ, REAA, LPMA, take part in professional development as mentioned in my last article, and keep up to date with industry regulations, all while providing a great service to both landlords and tenants. We support the regulation of the property management industry as it would only strengthen the service we already provide.
Let’s talk Heating and Insulation
There has been lots of media talk too lately on insulation requirements and heating and whether landlords around New Zealand are going to meet the Healthy Homes Bill deadline next year. APM has put in a big effort to ensure our managed properties will be insulated by the time the deadline comes around. This is a timely reminder to our clients that have not yet insulated their properties that compliance to the Healthy Homes Bill is part of your responsibilities as a landlord.
Heating is the other major topic at the forefront this winter. Again, this requirement is also part of the Healthy Homes Bill. MBIE Tenancy Services outlines the need for providing heating in the living room as it’s stipulated in the 1947 Housing Improvement Regulations and its amendments – we know that this requirement is taken seriously at Tenancy Tribunal decisions and was recently enforced to another management company via a landlord fine.
As a property management company we are here to help landlords navigate and adhere to the latest regulations the best way possible that does not cost the earth. Please contact your property manager if you want to discuss your insulation or heating options so we can help you reduce your risk of not being compliant.
As always, if you have any questions about property management, or want to discuss body corporate, commercial or holiday home management then please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.