Living Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush has the ultimate checklist to get your bond money back. Picture: Annette DewI WAS chatting to a one of our tenants this week, like most people he was telling me how well he had looked after the place and that it was way better now than when he moved in. He was in the process of moving out and he wanted to make sure he was going to get his full bond back. So I gave him my advice.When it comes time to leave your rental property there are some things that all tenants should know in order to get their full bond back.The first starts back at the beginning of the lease. Once you signed your lease and take possession of the keys the clock starts ticking. You have three days to review your entry condition report (ECR) and alert your agent to any discrepancies. I always advise tenants to take lots of photos, make notes on the ECR and ensure you return it within the allocated time. This could save you thousands at the end of your lease.Throughout the tenancy, advise your agent of any maintenance issues, even if they don’t bother you. Most tenants are surprised to know that their lease stipulates that they must advise the landlord of any maintenance. This stops a small problem becoming a major job eg. A small water mark in the ceiling becoming the entire roof caving in from built up water damage.Do not leave the keys on the kitchen counter, take it to the landlord or agent.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoUse the real estate agent’s recommended cleaner when it’s time to go. A bond clean is quite expensive. So if you are going to engage a cleaner let the agent appoint them. That way if the property manager is unhappy with the standard of cleanliness then they can deal with the cleaner directly with no extra costs to the tenant.You must return the property to the same standard that it was handed to you, barring any fair wear and tear. This barring any fair wear and tear is the source of many arguments but essentially it’s any damage that is caused by simply using the property in the way it was designed to be used, for example wear to carpets from walking on them.Handing back the property incorrectly can cost thousands. You can’t just simply leave when your lease is up. If you have a lease you are bound to pay rent and look after the property for the entire period of the lease. Once that fixed term lease is finished, if no notice is given, then the lease becomes a periodic lease commonly known as a ‘month-to-month’ lease.You must provide written notice to the landlord that you are leaving. In Queensland this is a minimum of two weeks before you intend to leave, accepting that you can’t just give two weeks mid lease, it needs to be no less than two weeks before the end of your lease or once it becomes a periodic.Possession is often decided on as when the keys are returned. Giving notice and leaving, without returning the keys, can mean the rent keeps ticking over. So don’t just drop them on the bench and leave! Take them to the landlord or agent, ask them to photocopy them and everyone should sign an acknowledgment that they have been returned.* Haesley Cush is the principal of property management firm Living Here Cush Partners.
Stuff co.nz 20 October 2017Family First Comment: “Conservative lobby group Family First was already preparing to rail against the prospect of a referendum. National director Bob McCoskrie said it would be running a “nope to dope” campaign.”Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will work with her Cabinet and take advice before holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis.She said her Executive would decide when the referendum went ahead and was personally open to the discussion. Ardern said there was a need to balance overly harsh criminal sentencing with the drug’s capability to cause harm.Conservative lobby group Family First was already preparing to rail against the prospect of a referendum. National director Bob McCoskrie said it would be running a “nope to dope” campaign.“Legalising marijuana and the rise of Big Marijuana is the wrong path if we care about public health, public safety, and about our young people.There are too many health risks including the effect of marijuana on cognitive ability, cardiac function and psychosis,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/98081732/greens-promised-referendum-on-personal-cannabis-useCannabis referendum: What it could mean for stonersNZ Herald 20 October 2017A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held by the 2020 election as part of the agreement between the Green and Labour parties.Legalising cannabis has been a key policy for the Green Party for the past 20 years.But what changes will Kiwis be voting on when it comes to the cannabis referendum?Legalise cannabis for personal use:According to The Green Party, its drug law reform policy indicates that it aims to make cannabis legal for personal use, including possession and cultivation of the drug.However, it is unclear whether selling cannabis would be legalised.Age restriction on cannabis use:The Greens have made it clear there a legal age limit for personal use of cannabis will need to be introduced, although the age is yet to be set or agreed upon.Driving under the influence of cannabis:The current law around driving under the influence of cannabis will be replaced with one that is based on cannabinoid levels that correlates with impairment.Similar to alcohol breath testing, drivers cannot get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if they are over the legalised limit of cannabinoid levels.Legalising medical cannabisThe Greens want to remove penalties for anyone with a terminal illness, chronic or debilitating conditions who grows, possesses and uses cannabis products for therapeutic purposes as long as they have the support of authorised medical practitioner.Make licensed medical cannabis products more accessible:The proposed policy would look to accelerate the process by which medical cannabis products are licensed. The move would direct MedSafe to consider the use of category-based classes common compositions of medical cannabis products.They want to lower the barriers for manufacturers to submit new cannabis products for funding to Pharmac so that evidence can be quickly gathered and distributed if approved.Before racing ahead with the referendum, they want to assess evidence from overseas jurisdictions where legal cannabis is sold to determine the best model for New Zealand.“While waiting for broader law change for cannabis, remove penalties for any person with a terminal illness, chronic or debilitating condition to cultivate, possess or use cannabis and/or cannabis products for therapeutic purposes, with the support of a registered medical practitioner”, the policy said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11935119