Having mentioned in our previous column that the rental market was quite active, there has been quite a turnaround in the last month. July is always traditionally a slow rental market and this is the case this month. There are currently at least 35 rental properties available in Blockhouse Bay, 52 in Mt Roskill and New Lynn and 14 in Lynfield. This is great for tenants and not so great for property owners. There is still an expectation of good prices from owners which can drive the market higher. In the latest Bond Centre stats, both Epsom and Westmere had reductions in median rent in their areas. This could potentially happen in other suburbs as well, so it’s always a good idea to keep a regular check of prices in your area.
Statistics are available monthly from Tenancy Services website: www.tenancy.govt.nz
If you are looking to rent your property on this type of market it is important to be proactive regarding the price. On a $500 per week property, if you are not getting tenants it is far better to reduce the price to $480 which is a $20 difference per week. To put this into perspective, it would take 24 weeks to make up the loss of one week’s rent at $480, and double that for two weeks without rent. You are able to carry out a rent review after 6 months and can always increase the rent at that stage. The longer a property is not rented, the bigger the overall loss to the owner.
City Property Management
557 Blockhouse Bay Rd
Ph 021 720-950
The rental market is still quite active, given that things traditionally slow down at this time of year. There are currently just under thirty properties for rent in Blockhouse Bay showing a good supply. A rental property in good condition and appropriately priced will still rent well in this market.
This week the Government has brought into law compulsory smoke alarms and insulation in rental properties. Insulation needs to be in place by July 2019 and I will discuss this in more detail in the next issue.
As at July 1, 2016 all rental properties must have a minimum of one working smoke alarm within 3 metres of each bedroom door. Long life photoelectric smoke alarms are required where there are no smoke alarms and also when existing smoke alarms are replaced.
There is more in depth information regarding smoke alarms on the government website –
CITY PROEPRTY MANAGEMENT
557 Blockhouse Bay Rd
Ph 021 720950
Janne from City Property Management is your independant expert in BHB. She is committed to exceptional client service and is working towards being the best in the industry. Janne works in the local area as well as across Auckland and is happy to help you with rentals.