LANDLORDS WARNED BY REINZ TO INSULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES OR FACE FINE OF $4000

As the New year has started and people are steadily returning back to work from their vacation, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is cautioning landlords that they need to insulate their rental property till 1st July 2019 or else the can face a fine of up to $4000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Chief Executive at REINZ, Bindi Norwell stated, “from 1st July 2019 ceiling and under floor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes across New Zealand. That deadline is now less than six months away, and MBIE has warned that it

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The Reserve Bank to relax the speed limits on High Loan to Value Ration Lending and additionally ​more loosening of the rules expected in the future.

The Reserve bank has pronounced to lighten the rules about the high loan to value ratio (LVR) housing lending in an expected move that might encourage the housing market. The development was announced on 27thNov as part of the bank’s latest Financial Stability ReportFrom 1 January 2019: Up to 20% (increased from 15%) of new mortgage loans to owner occupiers can have deposits of less than 20%. Up to 5% of new mortgage loans to property investors can have deposits of less than 30% (lowered from 35%). This is the next lightening of the LVRs, first introduced in the year 2013, which the RBNZ has

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Parliament votes to pass the legislation for BANNING the letting fee.

The Parliament has voted to pass the legislation to ban the letting fee from 12th December onwards. The housing minister Phil Twyford said that letting fees are unfair for the tenants and banning it will be a good initiative in improvising the conditions for tenants, while in the long run, they are still reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act. He stated “Our tenancy laws are antiquated and don’t reflect the fact that renting is now a long-term reality for many of our families. Around half of New Zealanders now live in rented homes. This change could put up to $47 million

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