Author Archives: Megan Brick

News From the Beehive

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No2) – Second Reading Thursday night saw the second reading of the RTA Bill. We thought it important to highlight some of the discussions that were held during the reading. The most important thing to note is that the reading has the support of all Governmental Parties in the house. Below […]

MBIE Taking Hardline Approach Towards Tenancy Compliance

” We Are Coming From You…..” For the second time in recent months Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment have launched an investigation into a fire in a residential premise. The report states that there were no working smoke alarms in the premise.(1) Add to this the recent WorkSafe NZ review (9) undertaken regarding jurisdiction […]

Let’s not let the facts get in the way of a story!

In response to the article that was published on Stuff – 1 October 2018 – “Landlord faces $42K damage bill after tenant trashed property” – link This story does little to promote good landlords or tenants. To use this example is completely wrong related to Residential Tenancy. The Facts: The Landlord admits in the article […]

Unlawful Premise and the Tenancy Tribunal

Opinion Piece in Response to article in Stuff – 30 August 2018 – G Roper https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/106599187/split-on-legal-fallout-for-landlords-and-tenants-of-irregular-properties The recent High court outcome resulting from an appeal to both a Tenancy tribunal and district court ruling does not exempt the tribunal from ruling on unlawful premise and issuing fines and or compensation. Justice Cook refers to a […]

Response to “Warm and Cosy Homes for Everyone”

In response to a recent opinion piece published in the ODT on Monday 13th August by Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull who is also chairman of the Cosy Homes Trust: Mayor Cull makes some very pointed statements regarding a stand of residential rental homes. In particular Mayor Cull identifies two key ‘Acts that form the […]

Property Institute move a “Game Changer” – Really?

In response to article: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1807/S00170/property-institute-move-a-game-changer.htm What is known now, not over the “next couple of years”, is that there is in fact standards’ that must be meet. The current Residential Tenancy 2016 amendment Act, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 all provide the requirements for Properties and […]

Smoke Alarms and the Importance of them!

Article by Roya Gorjifard Fire is a chemical reaction that needs three essential elements to happen, called the  “Fire Triangle”. Heat – Ignition source includes everything that produces heat or spark such as heaters, naked flames, smokers’ materials (cigarettes, matches, etc.) Fuel – Burning substances or fuel such as paper, furniture, plastic, loose packing materials, […]