Q. I WAS EXPECTING AN INSPECTION THIS WEEK. IS IT STILL HAPPENING?
A. All scheduled inspections will be postponed during the Alert Level Three period until further notice. Routine in-person inspections should not take place. Virtual inspections are an option if both parties agree. At the end of the tenancy an inspection by the property manager may be possible, following guidance on physical distancing, personal hygiene and surface cleaning. Alternatively, the tenants can take photos of the property’s condition before leaving.
Q. I WAS JUST ABOUT TO MOVE INTO MY NEW RENTAL. WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
A. Tenants who live in an Alert Level Three area can move house to an area at the same Alert Level. Tenants must legally have documents on them to show that they are moving house at Alert Level Three, for example, the signed tenancy agreement.
Q. I’M UNABLE TO WORK IN LEVEL THREE AND AM BATTLING TO PAY MY LEASE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A. We realize that because of the Alert Level Three some occupants might be affected financially. Our advice to all occupants is to speak to us so we can liase with your landlords to get through this together. We urge occupants to seek help alternatives (laid out underneath) and to talk to us if your ability to pay future instalments should change.
We are obligated for legal and insurance purposes to monitor and report any rent in arrears. In the event that you do encounter challenges paying your lease kindly talk with us as soon as possible. Despite that, we will still have to give a record of any outstanding rent so you know where you stand regarding your tenancy.
Financial support and assistance with essential expenses
Tenants might qualify for financial aid to help with essential expenses.
Work and Income NZ have stated that during Covid-19 lockdown, help is accessible for essential expenses like accommodation, utility bills, medical and dental expenses, clothing etc.
For more information phone 0800 559 009 or visit workandincome.govt.nz
The Covid-19 Government site contains resources and links in aid of financial support, which we urge any of our affected tenants to consider. Our Government wants to make sure everyone has access to help in case it is required in these trying times.
For more information visit: covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/financial-support/
Q. I NEED URGENT MAINTENANCE! PLEASE HELP?
A. Although we are committed to our occupants who needs repairs and maintenance, only urgent repairs should be conducted during Alert Level Three. Tradespeople may enter people’s homes to do any repair or construction work, however physical distancing must be maintained and hygiene measures followed. Records should be kept for contact tracing purposes.
Q. I HAVE A FEW OTHER QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?
A. Please feel free to contact your property manager directly. We all work remotely and are able to assist around-the-clock.
The following links may provide additional information:
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development:
Ministry of Health:
Work and Income: