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Yes, we are all familiar with a WOF for the car – but for your rental investment?
The signs are clearly there that some sort of WOF for landlords is coming, and it’s never too soon to look at what this will mean for you.
Changes in tenancy laws on 1 July, 2016 meant the following:
- All rental properties are required to have smoke alarms.
- All new tenancy agreements need to include a statement of the extent and safety of insulation in the property, and any replacement or installation of insulation in a rental property must meet the required standards.
August 2017 — the Wellington City Council announces it will pursue a voluntary rental WOF. It intends to make it compulsory in three years.
So, what would a WOF cover?
Well, the best we have is what the Wellington City Council has introduced, and if you are a landlord it would be good to familiarise yourself with the 29 items on the criteria. This includes insulation, heating, ventilation and structural stability.
The inspector will be checking your investment/rental in the following areas:
- All walls, ceiling, linings and floors are intact.
- All surfaces are clear of mould.
- In a kitchen, adequate food preparation and storage.
- In a laundry, secure storage with a child safe lock.
- The lounge will require fixed heating, in the future, it is more than likely that a heat pump will the minimum standard.
- Portable heating will not be acceptable, unless it’s a unit/apartment less than 50sqm.
- All windows will require security latches.
- The front entrance needs to be clearly labelled, identifiable with good lighting on the front and rear.
- Smoke alarms/insulation standards are already a requirement.
Overall, your investment must be in reasonable condition, with good spouting/storm water which does not leak, and no cracks or holes.
Paths, decks and surfaces are to be free from moss and non-slip.
This is just a quick overview of the changes coming, and it’s never too late to start ensuring your rental property/investment will meet the standards when they are enforced.
Remember, it's also protecting your investment as much as it is maintaining its quality thus attracting quality tenants.
Quinovic Viaduct Property Management is only to happy to work with landlords to put into place plans to ensure your investment is looked after and by doing so, retaining its value for both owners and tenants.
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The party is not all over......
Now that the whole world knows that Auckland is again the home of the America's Cup, and the team plus the Auld Mug are back, it’s time to come and check out the City of Sails (and Foils) and get to know the Auckland city and its attractions. While the Cup parties and victory activities are winding down other parties and events are lining up - theatre, sport, fashion, festivals – here are a few happening over the next three months.
Matilda The Musical - 18 August to 17 September 2017
Get ready for plenty of spectacle and magic with the arrival of Matilda The Musical at The Civic in August.
Roald Dahl’s story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind who dares to take on the terrifying forces of the dreaded Trunchbull and save her school.
The winner of over 70 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, this Royal Shakespeare Company production is currently playing to sell-out houses across Australia with standing ovations at every performance.
New Zealand Fashion Week -- 28 August to 3 September 2017
New Zealand Fashion Weekend, opening 1 September is the public’s chance to experience the energy and glamour of the biggest week on the fashion calendar. Filled with in-season runway shows, seminars, a beauty hub, discounted designer shopping and a mix of bars throughout the venue, New Zealand Fashion Weekend is the hottest ticket in town this September.
Offering a multifaceted approach, Fashion Week is trade-focused where options for individual or group shows with a captive audience of media, buyers and influencers are virtually endless. However, extending its reach on behalf of designers and fashionable brands, NZFW turns its sights to the style-savvy public from Friday onward, transforming into the much-anticipated consumer-driven New Zealand Fashion Weekend that includes in-season collection shows, the Designer Pop-Up Sale, Beauty Hub and much more.
Auckland On Water Boat Show -- 28 September to 1 October 2017
The September date for New Zealand’s largest on water boat show is timed to fit in when many people are getting ready for another great summer of boating and water activities. Whether you’re into powerboats, sailing, kayaks or jetskis, or whether you’re refitting your existing vessel or looking for a new one, you’ll find plenty of expert advice, and relevant marine products and services at the Auckland On Water Boat Show.
Now something really special for golf addicts...
MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open -- 28 September to 1 October 2017
On September 28, Michael Goldstein will be the guy you'll see on the opening day at the New Zealand Open Women's Golf Tournament either chewing his finger nails, or wearing the broadest of grins. Goldstein is managing director of The Clubhouse, the company charged with making a success of the country's first entry to the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, to be staged at Windross Farm in South Auckland, the old Manukau Golf Club near Ardmore airport. He's also trying to help get New Zealand back on the World Rally Championship circuit after a five-year hiatus.
Finally, for the energetic
The Auckland Marathon -- 29 October 2017
Run, jog, walk, - fulll, half, quarter, or come along and support your friends and family;
With all this going on you will need to book your Auckland accommodation early - it gets very full these days!
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For most people looking for accommodation for their Auckland stay, the first place that comes to mind is a hotel. But there is another alternative that could suit you well - a self contained apartment.
There's a certain romance and excitement at the prospect of staying at a hotel. They're great for short visits when on-demand service is what you need, and privacy, independence and flexibility are less relevant.
However, what these apartments can give you is the opportunity to 'settle in', even if you are only in Auckland for a week. Often more affordable than a hotel, the value of having your own space is priceless. Apartments like those we offer at Quinovic Viaduct are fully furnished and offer the comforts of home in convenient, central locations at great value rates.
You'll also get more space for the price. You’re not just confined to a small bedroom but will generally have a separate living and dining area - a real benefit if you’re staying in Auckland for a long period of time or if you're travelling with family or a group. Everyone can have their privacy when needed but still enjoy spending time together in a shared living area.
Apartments also offer the luxury of your own fully-equipped kitchen. Stay in and cook with produce from the local markets or go out and enjoy Auckland's world class cafés and restaurants - it's your choice. It’s also great if you have special dietary requirements or if you’re traveling with children.
One of the perks of staying in a hotel is not having to make your own bed, unless you sleep in and forget to put up the “do not disturb” sign. It can also be a hassle 'tidying' every day prior to housekeeping’s arrival. Self-contained apartments give you the flexibility to come and go as you please with a weekly housekeeping service, providing occupants with greater privacy.
Quinovic Viaduct manage fully furnished quality apartments and townhouses in Auckland CBD and adjacent suburbs, ideal whether you're staying for a week with your family or seeking accommodation for large groups on business contracts.
Contact us to discuss how our self-contained apartments can meet your needs.