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☐ Newspaper and/or milk delivery.

☐ Telephone, internet and cable TV.

☐ Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading).


 Organise for moving day:

☐ Obtain supply of boxes (the supermarket can be one supplier).

☐ Get packaging tape and heavy marker pens.

☐ Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm time).

☐ Arrange care of your children on moving day.

☐ Make suitable arrangements for any pets.

☐ Arrange transit insurance and contents and fire insurance

for your new home.

☐ Organise shifting times with the purchaser of your old

property and the previous owner of your new one.


Notify your change of address to:

☐ Bank, credit card and charge card companies.

☐ Post office for redirection of mail.

☐ Elections Registrar.

☐ Registrar of motor vehicles and drivers license.

☐ Tax department.

☐ Insurance companies.

☐ Hire purchase or finance companies.

☐ Investment companies.

☐ Local council.

☐ Clubs and organisations.

☐ Police (if you own and store firearms).

☐ Friends and relatives.

☐ Magazine subscriptions.

☐ Doctor, dentist, accountant, lawyer.


Don’t forget:

☐ Clean the stove and defrost the fridge/freezer.

☐ Tidy the yard.

☐ Ensure that the chattels that have been sold with the

property are not accidentally packed.

☐ Disconnect all appliances.

☐ Disconnect the TV aerial.

☐ Return any borrowed items.

☐ Throw out items that you don’t intend taking with you.

☐ List valuable items for special care when moving.

☐ Advise removal company of dangerous goods being moved

(i.e. ammunition, petrol, spirits, chemicals).

☐ Securely pack all jewellery, money, special documents

and papers (i.e. legal, tax, insurance etc).

☐ Set aside items you will need on the day of the move so you

can take them with you (i.e. food, drinks, cleaning products).

☐ Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labelled with the

room they are to be moved to. It is a good idea to write on each box

a list of its general content.

☐ Clearly label boxes containing breakables as ‘Fragile’ and identify

these items to the removal people.

☐ Pot and pack away plants and cuttings you are taking with you.

☐ Explain your packing procedure to the removal people and be at

your new home when they arrive.


Do not:

☐ Put breakables or liquid filled containers in drawers.

☐ Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to shift

(too much weight can damage furniture).

☐ Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, coal etc without

special arrangements being made.

☐ Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked.

Make arrangements to:

☐ See your solicitor to sign transfer documents/mortgage

discharge documents.

☐ Enrol children in new school.

☐ Coordinate the forwarding of any files from the children’s

previous school to their new one.

Organise for your new home:

☐ Newspaper delivery.

☐ Telephone.

☐ Internet and cable TV connection.

☐ Gas, electricity and water.


The week before moving:

☐ Remind and confirm dates/times/locations for furniture

removal company.

☐ Confirm moving in/moving out details and key exchange

with your Harcourts consultant.

☐ Say goodbye to neighbours.


One last check:

☐ Nothing left behind?

☐ No clothes at the dry cleaners?

☐ No gear stored away from your property?

☐ Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?

☐ Water turned off and no taps left running?

☐ Windows and doors latched?

☐ Keys with solicitor (if appropriate)?

After it’s all over:

☐ Have spare keys cut.

☐ Make an insurance claim if any damage has occurred

during the move.

☐ Teach children how to get to their new school.

Enjoy your new home and keep in touch. We’d love to hear how you’re going.

After surveying our first 100 sales in December we found over a quarter of those to be investors selling up.

28% of our sellers were cashing up their investment properties sighting reasons such as too many requirements in compliance with the new healthy homes standards, tougher tenancy laws, new interest deductability rules,and increasing interest rates. Investors also thought it was a good time to sell given the strength of demand in the market.

This poses problems for the ever-decreasing pool of ma and pa investors who make up over 70% of the rental property available throughout NZ.The second largest group were people cashing up and moving out to regional New Zealand at 17%, add to that those moving overseas at 5% and the group swells to 23%. We are seeing many people leaving the city with Hawke’s Bay being a popular location followed by the South Island.

The survey also found 13% of our sellers were trading up and 11% downsizing, and with Auckland’s recent 107-day lock down where people were confined to their bubbles at home, as per the 2020 extended lock down, we find again peoples homes not being fit for purpose requiring a home office or more space for teenagers, all driving motivation to move.

Separation is featuring as another reason for selling at 6%, surprising low given some anecdotal evidence of couples during lock down realising their bubble was not for them.

A rising star on the reason for selling is the sale of the family home for a development site, and as the unitary plan allows for higher density housing we will see this reason for selling increase substantially in the months ahead. A recent example of this was four neighbouring family homes for 30 years in Unsworth Heights selling and 26 new three-bedroom homes going in, showing just how dramatically the suburban landscape is changing. This intensification creates more and more pressure on the city’s infrastructure, traffic, parking amenities, and schools, to accommodate all the new families moving in.

The changing time of where we live, and how we live, will certainly challenge our city’s leaders and decision makers over the year ahead.

Congratulations to our last 100 sellers in December, and may the changes and opportunities you have created by your decision to move up or down, or even out to give someone else a go, help enrich the wonderful city of Auckland.

More choice for buyers as record prices continue

Despite the entire month of November being in Covid Alert level 3, six of the seven Auckland districts reached record median prices, including both the North Shore and Waitakere City.

Early signs indicate the market settling into a more to a stable & sustainable stride, albeit a very steady one.  Predictions are that price growth will continue yet at a more controlled rate.  The Governments measures to cool the market, the Reserve Banks OCR increases and banks tighter lending criteria all contributing, albeit minimally.  There is also the anticipated increase in kiwis arriving home MIQ-free in early 2022.

An increase in listing volumes is providing stimulus for some, particularly those who have been hesitant to sell in the fear of not being able to purchase.  The FOMO – fear of missing out – is beginning is dissipate amongst some buyers.

Our virtual auction rooms continue to be a hive of online activity with determined buyers vying to secure property.  This week Harcourts Cooper & Co have 71 Auctions to be called.

All signals suggest the property market remains strong and a busy Summer selling season is ahead.

As we head into the heat of Summer there are no signs of the market cooling. Growing confidence of vendors and buyers to make property decisions is evident.

In last month’s edition of Property Management Focus, we highlighted some key parts of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) that both private landlords and professional property managers are required to abide by.  This month we continue to explain the various thresholds that are often misinterpreted or misunderstood by landlords in an effort  to provide greater clarity on how certain aspects of the law are interpreted.

“Reasonably” Clean and Tidy – Section 40(1)(e)(iii) RTA
The RTA states that on termination of the tenancy, the tenants must leave the premises in a reasonably clean and reasonably tidy condition, including removing all rubbish from the premises. However, the RTA does not define what is meant by ‘reasonably’. A good starting point as to what is reasonable can be to state the level of cleanliness in the ingoing inspection report. If the premises is not clean and tidy at the beginning of the tenancy, it would be very difficult to convince a tenant that they needed to leave the premises in a better condition than when they moved in. Secondly, the standard of cleanliness is subjective. What is reasonably clean and tidy is judged by the fair and sensible person and does not equate to a commercial clean.

To minimise any arguments, it is very important to take ingoing and exit photos to show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ condition of the property as evidence to tenants, your clients and the Tribunal. The Tenancy Tribunal has stated  that what is ‘reasonably clean and reasonably tidy’ is not an absolute standard. This standard will vary according to the age and condition of the premises as already mentioned. There is no requirement that each and every individual item in the premises be left reasonably clean and tidy, only an overall obligation in relation to the tenancy premises.

Unlawful Acts
Under the RTA, there are some acts and breaches that are considered serious enough to be deemed an unlawful act  For example, a landlord interfering with a tenant’s quiet enjoyment of their home is a breach of the act. However, if that landlord continues to interfere with the tenant’s quiet enjoyment so that it becomes harassment, then that act breaching the quiet enjoyment amounting to harassment is an unlawful act. This is described throughout the Act for various breaches.

If you become aware of a tenant committing an unlawful act, our recommendation is that you speak with your Harcourts property manager. It is likely that your property manager will serve a 14-day breach notice to the tenants if they have breached any terms of the Agreement or RTA. If the tenant does not comply with the 14-day notice, then your property manager can take further action through the Tenancy Tribunal.

Any attempts to avoid the responsibilities a person has under the Act can be deemed an unlawful act
by the Tenancy Tribunal. Exemplary damages can be awarded for unlawful acts and the fines for exemplary damages can be found under Schedule 1A of the RTA.

The general rule is that you should not store personal information for longer than required for the purpose for which is may lawfully be used. You should not request more information than is necessary of an individual’s identifiable information. You must ensure the information is stored securely, but accessible to provide this information to the individual it belongs to when requested. It is prudent that you look over the privacy principles under the Privacy Act 2020 and the obligations should there be a privacy breach. On a practical note, leaving unsecured copies of tenancy applications on car seats or desks is unacceptable.
Landlords should be aware that tenancy applications are private, therefore, they should not be shown to parties who are not part of the transaction and the landlord should keep the documents secure.

Privacy Act 2020 and the obligations should there be a privacy breach. On a practical note, leaving unsecured copies of tenancy applications on car seats or desks is unacceptable.
Landlords should be aware that tenancy applications are private, therefore, they should not be shown to parties who are not part of the transaction and the landlord should keep the documents secure.

Source REINZ