Press Releases - NZ Property Investors Federation

Ministry of Housing releases Letter and FAQ- 27 March 2020

Megan Woods, the Minister of Housing, has released a letter and FAQs, relating to tenancy rules during the Stage4 Alert "Lockdown". These documents detail the recent changes in response to the Covid-19 situation, including rent freeze, evictions due to non-payment of rent for 60 days or more, and change-over of tenancies during the lockdown period. These documents offer excellent guidance to the new rules and we encourage you to read them.

Letter from Minister Woods 27 March 2020

COVID Tenants + Landlords FAQ

Housing should be considered an essential service - 26 March 2020

“You would think that supplying a house for someone to occupy would be an ‘essential service’, but it would seem not!” says Sharon Cullwick, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) Read more ...

Record Rental Prices - 11 March 2020

“Unfortunately, these rental price increases are nothing new” says Sharon Cullwick, newly appointed Executive Office of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “While we supported rental improvements, such as compulsory insulation and smoke alarms, it was always obvious that the extra costs of these and other new regulations would see rental prices increase.” Read more ...

Landlords – have you ever thought of yourself as a criminal? - 5 March 2020

“Landlords, do you realise that under the proposed changes outlined in the Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill, currently before the Social Services and Community Select Committee, you now have a much higher chance of being charged with criminal offences regarding your rental property?” asks Sharon Cullwick, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). Read more ...

NZPIF continues campaign with a new Executive Officer - 3 March 2020

The NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) Executive Committee is very pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Cullwick as the new NZPIF Executive Officer.  Cullwick will be replacing Andrew King who is stepping down after many years of service to the property investment industry including six years as Executive Officer.  Read more ...

Government Bill puts neighbours at risk - 17 February 2020

The Government has today released a new Bill aimed at improving the lives of tenants.

“One aspect will only make it easier for antisocial tenants to ruin the lives of their neighbours. Another will allow tenants to decide if they will stay at a rental property even if the landlord wants to end the tenancy,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “The NZPIF has joined forces with the REINZ in opposing these two aspects of the Bill.”  Read more ...

Annual rent movement highest in 11 years - 24 January 2020

“High rental price increases should not come as a shock to anyone”, says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “While Statistics NZ has pointed to the Healthy Homes legislation, this is only one change that has pushed rental prices higher.”  Read more ...

Neighbours from hell will increase

A Christchurch motel owner has had to put up with what he describes as “neighbours from hell”, despite police, Corrections, the SPCA and dog control trying to help. The Motel owner is the latest victim of antisocial tenants.

The antisocial neighbours are Housing New Zealand tenants. However the Government directive of not issuing 90-day notices means HNZ cannot effectively manage their tenants.  Read more ...

Landlords will not be able to protect neighbours 17 November 2019                                 

Government has announced a raft of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act. The Minister has said he does not want to be seen to unduly punishing landlords. These changes do more than punish landlords however. They will punish anyone living next to a tenant with antisocial behaviour. 

The NZ Property Investors Federation is the only organisation who has researched the issuing of 90-day notices. Only 3% of tenants receive a 90-day notice each year. Nearly half of these notices are for antisocial behaviour affecting neighbours. That is approximately 7,000 tenants causing problems for up to 70,000 households around New Zealand.  Read more ...

Already hard for landlords to protect neighbours - 15 November 2019

After more than seven months of trying to end a tenancy to protect neighbours, a Rotorua property manager has finally received approval from the High Court to end the tenancy.

The tenant was causing problems with a tenant neighbour, but also claimed that the neighbour was causing problems for her. As it was a case of “he said, she said”, the property manager took the even handed decision to end both tenancies on the 27th of March this year. Both had until 26 June to find other accommodation.

One tenant left, but the other appealed to the Tenancy Tribunal saying that the 90-day notice was retaliatory action by the property manager. This application by the tenant was dismissed by the Tenancy Tribunal on 22 May.  Read more ....

Government considers extending failed HNZ policy to private rentals - 12 November 2019

Neighbours and communities around New Zealand are having their lives ruined by the antisocial activity of some Housing New Zealand (HNZ) tenants. Government is currently considering extending the policy to private rentals that allows this to happen. Many more neighbours will suffer if private landlords are not allowed to manage their properties effectively.  Read more ...

Potential Impact of Proposed Changes - 7 November 2019

Imagine living next door to loud, obnoxious and potentially violent neighbours. If they were tenants then you might expect their landlord to do something about it and protect you.

Right now, their landlord could end the tenancy with a 90-day notice, which means you wouldn’t have to put yourself potentially at risk by providing evidence of the tenant’s bad behaviour.  Read more...

Neighbours at risk from uncontrollable tenants - 18 September

Government is considering changes to tenancy law that will make it harder for rental property providers to manage unruly tenants, many of whom make their neighbours lives hell.

“The NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) is extremely concerned that more neighbourhoods will become domestic war zones, as happened in Motueka, if the right to issue no stated cause notices is removed” said Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZPIF.  Read more ....

Kiwibuild reset a good idea - 5 September 2019

“The Kiwibuild reset is a good idea” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF).

However, providing $400,000,000 of taxpayer money to get “up to” 4,000 people into home ownership appears to be a very expensive investment. How will the lucky 4,000 be chosen and what about all the others who aspire to home ownership?  Read more ...

Andrew King Opinion Piece - Stuff website - 23 August 2019

Neighbourhoods around the country will have to put up with antisocial, loud and offensive behaviour from difficult tenants if the Government removes the 90-day notice period for evictions. Government is considering this move as part of an extensive review of tenancy laws, including allowing tenants to make modifications to their rentals and have pets without needing permission.  Read more ....

Allocating liability for tenant damage to rental properties - 29 July 2019

“The NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) is extremely pleased that tenants are now at least partially responsible for the damage they cause to their rental property,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of NZPIF.  Read more ...

Promised heating grants for tenants cancelled - 19 July 2019

The Government announced today that grants of up to $2,500 for energy efficient heaters are now available as part of the Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes programme.  Read more...

Less intrusion for tenants - 11 July 2019

Property inspections are a form of risk management that helps to reduce and identify malicious damage and meth losses. However, the issue of insurers moving to three monthly inspections has been debated recently, with many feeling that it is too frequent and intrusive for tenants.  Click here to read more ....

Landlords committed to ensuring homes are warm this winter - 30 June 2019

The organization that represents New Zealand landlords has welcomed survey results showing that more than 96% of its members’ rental properties have met the insulation deadline for rental properties.  Read more ....

New research confirms higher number of insulation compliant rentals

Officials believe a third of all rental homes won't be insulated in time for the deadline next week. However preliminary results from a NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) survey show that the real number of properties which are unlikely to meet the deadline is likely to be a lot lower.  Read more ...

The facts about the Accommodation Supplement

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has called for Government to remove the Accommodation Supplement (AS) and significantly raise the incomes of all benefit recipients and low-wage workers.  Read more ...

Costs increasing faster than rental prices - 4 March 2019

The latest Consumer Institute cost of living survey shows that general costs in providing rental property have increased faster than rental prices. In addition, wage increases were 66% higher than rental price increases.

“Rental property providers have been keeping rental costs down when many of their costs and the price they have to pay for new rental properties is increasing at a faster rate” said NZ Property Investors’ Federation Executive Officer, Andrew King. “It is also pleasing to see that wages are increasing at a faster rate than rental prices which will continue to help tenants with their living costs”. Read more ....

Healthy Homes standards announced - Briefing Paper from Andrew King, Executive Director, NZ Property Investors Federation - 26 February 2019

Government has confirmed what the standards will be for their Healthy Homes Bill which was passed late last year. The standards are as expected. Hwever the requirement for energy efficient heaters in the living area and current insulation levels are a disappointment. 

Where a heater over 2400 watts is required it must be energy efficient which is likely to mean a heat pump. The NZPIF position was that heat pumps would add around $15pw to rents but were not wanted and would unlikely to be used by many tenants. We thought that just providing a fixed form of heating and leaving it to the owner and tenant to establish what the tenant wanted would have been better.  Read more ...

Tenancy Services new bond form designs

Tenancy Services has updated its bond forms to make it easier for landlords and tenants to complete them.  The lodgement and refund forms are now one page, to help you print and submit them.  We’ve also added extra detail so we get all the right information the first time, and don’t need to come back to you as often. We encourage you to use the new forms every time you need them.  The process remains exactly the same. Whenever you need to lodge a bond, request a refund or transfer, or update a bond record, you can simply download a form from our website.  Remember – everyone needs to sign the form they’re completing, otherwise there might be delays.

View the new Tenancy Services bond forms here from Monday 3 December.

Tax change bad news for tenants - 10 December 2018

The IRD states that in NZ, tax is applied to a person's net income and there are no restrictions on loss making from any source. However the Government is introducing a Bill to just ring-fence rental property tax losses.

“When you examine the statements made by Labour, we believe these are misguided” said Andrew King, Executive Officer of NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF).  Read more ...

Indirect payment of letting fees may be the unintended outcome -15 November 2018

Property managers are to be banned from charging tenants a letting fee from 12 December this year.  Read more...

Domestic war zones will increase under proposed tenancy law changes - 6 November 2018

A Motueka street has returned to normality after three years of turmoil caused by the actions of Housing NZ tenants in one rental property.

Relieved residents say that parents are now letting their kids ride their bikes and scooters on the street and other children are playing in the area again. They describe the last three years as a domestic war zone of loud parties into the early hours, abusive language towards children at the address, and verbal abuse to passers-by.  Read more ...

Oral Questions — Questions to Ministers Question No. 2—Housing and Urban Development - Hon Judith Collins questions Hon Phil Twyford

2. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (National—Papakura) to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Is he confident that the proposals included in the reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 discussion document will benefit both landlords and tenants?  Read the questions here Oral_Questions_-_Judith_Collins_to_Minister_Twyford

Draft Submission - New Zealand Property Investors Federation

Please find attached an update on the NZ Property Investors Federation position on the Residential Tenancies Act Review.

The actual submission is still in development, but this should provide a good impression of what it will contain that hopefully helps in the development of either individual member's or PI association's submissions.


Scotney Williams - RTA Amendments and new Healthy Homes Regulations - Submission Template

Scotney has very helpfully drafted two submission templates for the above two pieces of legislation/regulation.

Here is the submission document (it is one document - page 1 and 2 are on the RTA amendments and pages 3 & 4 are on the new Healthy Homes regulations. Click on the link, it will open in Microsoft Word and print off.  You can return it to Capital Property Investors Association (completed, signed and dated) and we will submit them on your behalf.  Otherwise you can submit directly (see information below).


Submitting your RTA proposed amendments submission (closing date 5pm Sunday 21/10/18)

You can either email your submission to,

Or post to:        Residential Tenancies Act Reform
                         Housing and Urban Branch 
                         Building Resources Markets 
                         Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
                         PO Box 1473
                         Wellington 6140

Submitting your Healthy Homes regulations submission (closing date 6pm Monday 22/10/18)

  • email your submission to, or post your submission to

    Healthy Homes Standards
    Housing and Urban Branch
    Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140

Have Your Say

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released two reviews that will have an enormous impact on our industry. You only have a short time to have your say on these proposals.

They are the Residential Tenancies Act and what standards should be imposed as part of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act.

The NZPIF and PIAs around the country will be making submissions. However tenant groups have been organising people to make submissions on these two issues and currently more tenants have had input than rental property providers. It is imperative that you and as many rental property owners as possible have your say.  Read more ...

Rental System in Not Broken - 19 September 2018

Today’s CoreLogic Market Pulse report shows that rents haven’t been outpacing property costs or people’s wages. The rental system is not broken as some have been vocally saying.

“Landlords are very aware that housing in New Zealand is expensive and the CoreLogic data shows that they are doing their best to keep rental price increases as low as possible. This is completely opposite to the commonly held view that rental property providers are profiting at the expense of tenants”, says Andrew King, Executive Officer of NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF)  Read more ...

Rental property WOF 

The Green Party has today relaunched a campaign to introduce a rental property Warrant of Fitness.

“Private owners provide around 85% of rental properties in New Zealand. Do we really think that making it harder and more expensive to provide those rental properties is going to improve rental affordability and choice for tenants?” asks Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). Read More ...

Proposed standards need to be cost effective

Government has released proposed standards for their Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill. This covers improved standards to rental properties that are additional to the rental property Minimum Standards Act that was passed in 2016.  Read more ....

A landlord’s wish list

“Government has outlined changes they want to undertake to help tenants, but the NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) would also like to see changes to help those providing rental properties,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZPIF.

Around 80% of Tenancy Tribunal time is taken up with tenants not paying rent. It is a huge issue for the industry and needs to be addressed.  Read More ...

Rent Arrears, A Big Issue for the Rental Property Industry - 8 August 2018

"Rent arrears are by far the largest reason for applications to the Tenancy Tribunal" says NZ Property Investors’ Federation Executive Officer, Andrew King. "It can also take many weeks to even get a Tenancy Tribunal hearing, while tenants can sit in a property without paying rent. Without a Tenancy Tribunal order you cannot get a non-paying tenant out of your property. Even when you do, it can then take many more weeks to get a replacement tenant".  Read more...

Andrew King's response to Renters United blueprint for change - 1 August 2018 - 11 July

Investment houses are fairly taxed - an opinion piece by Andrew King - 3 July 2018

A study from the tax working group and comments from an economist have been used recently to claim rental property is under taxed and rental property buyers have an advantage over home buyers. Both the study and the comments are incorrect.  

Andrew King wrote this opinion piece, published in the NZ Herald on 3 July, which is an overview of all the points he has been making about tax on rental properties. Read the full article now.

Chief scientist recommends higher safe meth level

The New Zealand Property Investors' Federation welcomes Sir Peter Gluckman's report into the negative health effects of methamphetamine (meth).

"It seems that a considerable amount of money is being spent on a problem that doesn't appear to exist" says NZPIF Executive Officer Andrew King.

Gluckman’s recommended level of 15 is still 300 times lower than the lowest dose recorded to have a pharmaceutical effect.  Read more ...

Short supply of houses increases rents and creates working poor

"The last few years have seen record population growth which has caused a sudden need for extra housing" said NZPIF Executive Officer, Andrew King. "While the focus has been on house prices and first home buyers, little attention has been paid to the drastic need for extra rental accommodation".

This fact demonstrates that, while the Salvation Army has said that high rents are creating the working poor, the problem is also one of insufficient supply of rental housing.  Read more ...

Trend of Rising Rent Continues

Just released April rental statistics show that New Zealand rental prices have continued to grow over the past year.

In order to remove monthly variations, the NZ Property Investors' Federation averages three months of rental prices for the year ended April 2018 and compares it to the same period in 2017.

Overall, rental prices are up 4.4% to $433 per week. This is about the same price rise compared to the year ended April 2017 when rents rose by 4.2%.  Read more ...

Questioning the Tax Working Group’s property calculations

The Tax Working Group (TWG) appears to be showing an unbalanced approach to rental property investment, by using incorrect calculations and inconsistent assumptions to assess relative tax rates for different asset classes.

In their background paper "Future of Tax" the TWG say that "property remains under taxed compared to other investments. For instance, any profits from the sale of a long term property investment generally isn't taxed." This is misleading as the IRD has confirmed that similar profits from the sale of shares, farms, businesses and other assets that grow in value are also untaxed.  Read more ...

Rental prices continue to rise

Just released March rental statistics show that New Zealand rental prices have continued to grow over the past year.

"There have been so many cost and regulatory increases over the last few years that it isn't a surprise that rental prices are increasing as they are" said NZPIF Executive Officer Andrew King. "Unfortunately the situation looks likely to continue."   Read more ....

No good outcome from ring-fencing losses

Stuart Nash announced today that “In conjunction with the recently announced extension to the bright-line test, ring-fencing losses from rental properties would make property speculation less attractive and level the playing field between property investors and home buyers".   Read more ...

Over half of rentals don't have a letting fee

Government is looking at introducing a law banning tenants from being able to pay a letting fee when securing a new rental property.

A tenant advocacy group in Scotland called Shelter, successfully lobbied to have a ban on letting fees introduced in that country in 2012. Shelter then produced a report in 2013 which showed that the ban was successful and did not result in rental price increases.  Read more ...

Should letting fees be abolished?

The NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) doesn't think legislation to prohibit the charging of letting fees is required. Read more ...

No immediate answers in housing stocktake

“The NZPIF agrees with the authors of the Housing Stocktake released today that private rental housing will continue to feature prominently in our future housing landscape”, says Andrew King, Executive Officer.

“The Housing Stocktake does not have any new information, but it is interesting to have it in one place,” he says.  Read more ...

Reserve Bank's Announcement Welcomed - 29 November 2017

The NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) is pleased with the Reserve Bank's announcement that LVR restrictions are to be eased for home buyers and rental property providers” says Andrew King, executive officer of the NZPIF.  Read more ...

Landlords offer stable tenancies - 15 September 2017

A survey of 816 rental property owners shows that 49% would like their tenants to stay in the property for a very long time as they have no intention of selling. Another 12.7% would like them to stay for at least the next 10 years after which they may start thinking about selling the property.  Read more ....

816 landlords react to Labour's housing proposals - 13 September 2017

The NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) received 816 responses to a survey of rental property owners giving their thoughts on a variety of matters currently affecting their industry.  Read more ...

Labour needs to front up on housing policies - 11 September 2017

To assist voters in their decision making on September 23, Labour needs to front up on the cost of their housing policies for rental property providers and their tenants.

In last week’s economic overview, BNZ Bank Economist, Tony Alexander, pointed to two Labour policies that he believes would lead to higher rental prices.  Read more ....

One sided review of renting - 23 August 2017

Tenant advocates have produced a report calling for widespread changes to the rental industry that if introduced would cause more harm for the tenants they represent than good.

The advocates admit that their findings are not representative and that the nature and timing of the review meant they were more likely to hear from people sharing negative experiences. However this didn't stop them from using the report to call for a string of changes to the rental property industry.  Read More ...

Is a WOF for rental properties the answer?  - 17 August 2017

Wellington Council is introducing a voluntary Warrant of Fitness for rental properties that they intend to make compulsory in three years. The council says that they want to raise standards and that "every Wellingtonian deserves a warm dry home".  Read more ....

New NZ Standard for meth contamination released today - 29 June 2017

 “The NZ Property Investors' Federation is very pleased to see the release of the NZ Standard for meth contamination today” said Andrew King, executive officer read more ...

Increase will benefit low income families - 25 May 2017

The NZ Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) congratulates the Salvation Army for their advocacy work that has seen the accommodation allowance increase for low income families ... read more

Tenants’ liability for damage - 23 May 2017

“The NZ Property Investors' Federation is pleased that Government is taking action to remedy the situation of tenants not being responsible for damage they accidently cause in rental properties,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZPIF.  However the general principle of the bill is that tenants are still not liable for accidental damage they cause and this is very disappointing. Read more ...

Investors’ tax benefits overstated - 14 May 2017

Labour has announced that they are removing the ability of rental property providers to offset losses. They call it a speculation tax loophole, but it is a tax provision available to all investments. Read more ....

Well maintained properties make good sense - 27 April 2017

“The NZ Property Investors' Federation promotes good maintenance of rental properties to its members. This makes good business sense as tenants of well-maintained properties are likely to stay longer, meaning lower vacancy rates,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer.  Read more .... 

It's always hard to buy a home - 12 April 2017

“Many people claim that housing has never been less affordable and that it is an impossible dream for today's young people”, says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation. “While these well-meaning people believe they are standing up for young first home buyers, they may in fact be doing them a disservice.” Read more....

Property Bright Line Test working well - 3 February 2017

“Recent CoreLogic data shows that flipping or rapid on-selling of houses is not as common as people may believe” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation.  Read more ...

Rental property providers reject accusations - 24 January 2017

The New Zealand Property Investors' Federation (NZPIF) rejects accusations made against rental property providers by the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust.

Trust Chief Executive Bernie Smith said "When the government increases housing subsidies for families, some property owners put the rent up in accordance with the increase, so the family isn't any better off".  Read more ...







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