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What's on in Hobsonville | Fabric Cafe - Winter Jazz Series

Introducing the Fabric Cafe Winter Jazz Series, down in Hobsonville Point – three very special evenings of delicious food and live jazz from two very talented NZ musicians. Don’t delay, seats will sell fast!


Live jazz, soul and blues by duo Tim Stewart & Finn Scholes

from 6.30pm – 9.15pm
Three Course Winter Meal
$85 per person

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Landlords and Property Managers: We are in this together – Exemplary Damages

In recent Tenancy Tribunal cases, adjudicators have awarded exemplary damages against both landlords and property managers when there has been a failure to provide and maintain premises in a reasonable state of repair. This will be extended to include failure to meet the new insulation standards from 1st July 2019.

This means that landlords and property managers can be held joint and severally liable for fines awarded by the tribunal when they feel that both parties have failed in their duties. That is, property managers cannot hide behind the excuse that a landlord won’t perform repairs on a rental property.

The Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) can make a claim to the Tribunal on behalf of a tenant. MBIE have an investigation team that monitor and enforce compliance with the Residential Tenancies Act, Healthy Homes Guarantee Act and associated regulations. They are also the team that will be ensuring that all rental properties meet the insulation standard by 1st July 2019.

That being said, there is nothing for good landlords and property managers to be concerned about providing that:

  • both property managers and landlords are acting within a reasonable time frame to conduct repairs
  • inspections are performed on a regular basis and maintenance requirements are addressed
  • the property meets all new regulations such as insulation.

With all the new legislation that has been introduced over previous years, the intention is to improve our rental housing stock which is good for New Zealanders. Having a Government department to enforce this is necessary as unfortunately there are landlords and property managers who do not abide by rules and regulations, leaving our most vulnerable at risk. Property management companies must ensure that they are reporting back to their landlords with an honest and accurate account of the property and ensure that landlords fully understand what their obligations are under the Act.

Harcourts property managers are professionals in their field. They conduct regular inspections of all our rental properties, reporting any maintenance required. In the rare case that a landlord does not share Harcourts’ values and refuses to meet their obligations under the Act, the management contract may have to be terminated. This will be the case for landlords who fail to meet their obligation to insulate their property by 1st July 2019.

Harcourts property managers are your eyes and ears and will advise you of what is needed to keep your property well maintained. With the new standards for rental homes, Harcourts looks forward to managing warmer, drier, healthier homes and being part
of this reform for the benefit of New Zealanders. With MBIE’s team enforcing compliance, a higher standard across the property management industry is welcomed.

If you have any questions about compliance for a rental property, contact your Harcourts Property Manager.

Two Lucky Homeowners Win $10,000!

Scott Landon receiving his cheque for $10,000 from Shane Prasad – Harcourts Northern Region Manager; Andrew North, Louie Caunter and Jin McAllister from Harcourts Cooper & Co Albany; Martin Cooper Managing Director Harcourts Cooper & Co.

Two lucky homeowners are $10,000 better off after listing their homes with Harcourts. To celebrate 20 years of the Auckland Lantern Festival, Harcourts gave homeowners the chance to win one of two $10,000 prizes when they listed their property with one of its offices between 1 February and 7 April.

The winners Len and Yvonne Williams and Scott Landon were absolutely thrilled when they were contacted about their $10,000 windfall.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to us before,” said Len, who was in a state of disbelief for several minutes after receiving the call.

“Harcourts did a very good job of selling our home for us,” he continued. “We listed our property on the Tuesday and got a call to say we had people coming to view it that day. The paperwork was in front of us with an offer the following morning, which made us very happy indeed.”

Winner Scott Landon said, ‘I can’t believe this has happened to me. I have a hunting trip planned and now thanks to Harcourts, I’ll able to helicopter in and out from my hunting spot. I’m absolutely stoked!”

Congratulations also to Jacky Brock and Karl Hodgson from Tandem Realty Snells Beach, and Jin McAllister and Louie Caunter from Cooper & Co Albany, the Sales Consultants involved in marketing the homes of the delighted winners.

The winners all spoke very highly of the service they received throughout the listing and sales process, a testament to the people-first approach of the sales consultants and the great results they achieved for their clients.

“This is the second year that Harcourts has sponsored the Lantern Festival,” said Bryan Thomson, Managing Director Harcourts New Zealand.” It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the cultural diversity of Auckland and connect with our community.”

“We are thrilled for Len and Yvonne, and Scott, and it is very gratifying to hear that they experienced the highest levels of service from our people.”

Held at the Auckland Domain in February, the Auckland Lantern Festival attracted over 150,000 over the four day event.

New Zealanders award Harcourts Most Trusted Real Estate brand for the seventh consecutive year

Reader’s Digest has announced its Most Trusted brands for 2019, and Harcourts, New Zealand’s largest real estate brand, has come out on top once again.

For the seventh consecutive year, New Zealanders have voted Harcourts their Most Trusted real estate brand, making Harcourts the only real estate brand to achieve this honour since the award’s inception in 2013.

Harcourts Managing Director Bryan Thomson says the ongoing endorsement of New Zealanders is what keeps the entire team at Harcourts striving to remain at the top. “We are incredibly proud of our teams across the country, and we want to thank every New Zealander who has worked with us and voted us number one.”

Thomson continues, “Trust is an important element of any relationship, but it’s particularly vital for our clients who trust us to sell what is likely to be their largest asset.”

“We know that real estate clients want to deal with consultants that have knowledge, expertise, honesty and integrity, and who are committed to achieving the best possible result for them,” says Thomson. “Above all, they want to deal with people they can count on – that’s why we put absolute focus on creating a relationship of trust and respect with all our clients.”

“Our challenge is to keep earning that respect year after year by constantly finding new ways to deliver exceptional service and by building life-long relationships with our clients. We also continue to foster strong relationships with communities around the country through the work our people do by way of The Harcourts Foundation and the many other charities our team contribute to.”

“To be named the Most Trusted real estate brand for seven years in a row is an outstanding achievement and affirms that Harcourts truly has earned the trust of New Zealanders.