Top tips for applying for a rental property as a pet owner

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Some property owners associate pets with added mess, damage and disturbance which can make it more difficult for pet owners to find a rental home.

However, many landlords are beginning to see the advantages of pet owners as tenants. They may be more responsible if they have a furry friend to look after and they may take even more care of the property.

But, when applying for a rental, pet owners will almost always face competition from people who don’t have the worry of animals. This can be a difficult situation, but we know pet owners deserve just as much of a chance! That’s why we’ve put together these application tips — they’re just a few extra ways that will help you get a look in if you have pets.

  1. Be honest

Never try to pretend you don’t have pets — we will find out! And it might be a problem down the line. Tell us your situation when you’re first looking for a property and we’ll be able to work to your situation.

  1. Tell us more!

The more you can tell us about your pet, the more likely an owner will be to choose you. What breed? How old? Long or short hair? Do they stay at home during the day? Where do they sleep? Do they make a lot of noise? Write it all down and attach to your application — you could even add a photo!

  1. Include pet references

It may seem silly, but references for your pet will go a long way. You could ask a previous property manager or landlord, your vet, doggy day care or pet trainer to put a few good words together about the behaviour and character of your pet.

  1. Understand the agreement

Tenancy agreements can include a pet clause outlining what will happen in the event of damage caused by pets. They may request the full four weeks’ bond as cover. Make sure you understand the implications and speak to your property manager if you’re unsure.

  1. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

It doesn’t hurt to ask — a property may be advertised as “no pets”, but exceptions can sometimes be made. If you can deliver on the above points, landlords may be encouraged to choose you.

 

We love animals and we don’t think you should sacrifice finding a good home just because you have pets. Our number one piece of advice is to stay in touch with your property manager — we can understand your situation and work hard to find you a place that suits you (and your furry companion!) down to the ground.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more about our property management services.

 

13 easy ways to stay on your property manager’s good side

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We’ve had times where relationships between our property managers and tenants have broken down.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Our friendly team sees your happiness and comfort as a priority — it’s just as important to us as keeping our landlords happy. Continue reading “13 easy ways to stay on your property manager’s good side”

Meth contamination — what landlords need to know

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Meth contaminated properties have popped up a lot in the media over the last few years and, in June 2017, a new national standard came in to provide guidance on the testing and clean-up of methamphetamine in houses.

Standards New Zealand manager Carmen Mak said it would make houses where meth had been found safer.

“Application of the standard will provide assurance that activities such as screening, sampling, testing, assessing, and decontamination of contaminated properties, and disposal of their contents, are carried out in accordance with good practice.”

For landlords, meth contamination is a huge concern. On one side you want to keep your tenants safe and on the other you need to make sure you don’t find yourself with a contaminated house or unable to claim on your insurance.

By following the new standard and operating with best practice, landlords can minimise the risk. Keep reading to find out more.

What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It’s a potent stimulant and it has long-lasting and harmful effects on the central nervous system, making it a drug with high potential for widespread abuse.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

How does a property become contaminated with meth?

Properties can become contaminated when tenants use or manufacture meth on the premises, and the level of contamination varies on how much is used or manufactured. When meth is manufactured, contamination tends to be higher and the home may need to be completely stripped and cleaned and, in extreme cases, demolished.

Luckily, strict procedures for identifying meth contamination are becoming more commonplace in New Zealand.

What are my obligations as a landlord?

It is your responsibility to provide a safe and healthy home for your tenants. If a landlord rents out a property that is contaminated, they are breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, as well as other legislation such as the Building Act and the Health Act.

When is the best time to do a meth-test?

If possible, conduct a test prior to buying a property as part of your due diligence. The costs of decontamination are high and you want all the information before purchasing.
Here at Harcourts, for example, we now have a clause in all our sale and purchase agreements stating a buyer can decide whether to carry out a contamination test as part of their due diligence process.

If you already own a property and suspect it may be contaminated, it’s vital to take immediate action for the safety of your tenants. If they’re living in a contaminated home, they’re exposed to serious health risks in both the short- and long-term, so “now” is always the best time.

How do I have my property tested?

A test usually costs between $100 and $300. Your property manager can advise the right method of testing for you and will put you in contact with a reputable company.
We encourage you to take meth contamination extremely seriously and be vigilant in having your property tested. And, if you find that your property is contaminated, we recommend that you tell the police or local council.

Does my landlord insurance cover meth contamination?

It’s vital to regularly check and update your insurance cover. Some policies may outright excluded drug-related damages and some policies limit cover to a certain amount — a limit of $20,000 for example is unlikely to cover a full decontamination of a meth lab.

There may be certain obligations landlords have to meet such as: exercising reasonable care and obtaining references for tenants; completing inspections every three months and upon change of tenants; keeping written reports of inspections. You may also need to provide evidence that the property became contaminated while you were insured, in which case you will need to have carried out previous meth tests and have recorded their results and dates.

Harcourts Property Management has strict processes in place to protect our landlords against methamphetamine contamination. We take great care in our tenant selection process, we conduct thorough inspections every three months and we keep full documentation of the previously listed items — whatever happens, we’ll help make sure you’re covered should your property become contaminated.

Get in touch to find out more about our services, and click here to download the full standard from the Standards New Zealand website.

 

10 landlord tips to boost your rental yield

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There are many creative ways landlords can boost their rental yield. With small improvements you can make your property more suitable for the rental market and you’ll quickly find tenants are willing to pay more for a property that really meets their needs. Continue reading “10 landlord tips to boost your rental yield”

11 tenancy application tips to help you land a great rental property

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Applying for a rental property can be a daunting process — there’s plenty of paperwork and some legal considerations and financial requirements, as well as the fact that you’re probably facing up in direct competition against a bunch of other potential tenants who want the same property.

But there are things you can do that may make your property manager and landlord view your tenancy application more favourably.

Continue reading “11 tenancy application tips to help you land a great rental property”

Long-term vs short-term leasing: which is right for you?

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If you’re thinking about investing in property, first you need to consider what you’ll use it for: long-term leasing or as a short-term holiday home?

Here are the main differences to help you decide which is right for you. Continue reading “Long-term vs short-term leasing: which is right for you?”

5 creative and damage-free ways to decorate your rental home

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Many tenants are cautious of decorating because they see their own comfort as less important than ensuring their entire bond is returned with a happy landlord at the end of their rental tenancy.

But, just because you’re renting, it doesn’t mean you can’t decorate to suit your style and taste. With a little due diligence in checking your rental agreement, you can get the best of both worlds — we think it’s essential, for your own happiness, to add personal touches and create a space that relaxes, comforts and inspires you every time you come home. Continue reading “5 creative and damage-free ways to decorate your rental home”

GUEST BLOG: Crowe Horwath on Airbnb taxation

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The popularity of Airbnb and other similar providers has significantly increased of late. This is largely because it is a relatively simple online platform to market and rent your property to a wide audience. However, while easy to use, there are some potential pitfalls that people need to be aware of. Continue reading “GUEST BLOG: Crowe Horwath on Airbnb taxation”

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