Info evening for prop­erty in­vestors

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Metham­phetamine test­ing on prop­er­ties will be one of the top­ics dis­cussed at a sem­i­nar next week for home own­ers.

The sem­i­nar is aimed at land­lords and fu­ture in­vest­ment prop­erty own­ers and cov­ers the up­dates to the Gov­ern­ments Health and Safety at Work Act which has changed the reg­u­la­tions around health and safety and the res­i­den­tial ten­ancy act.

It cov­ers metham­phetamine test­ing, in­su­la­tion, smoke alarms and in­sur­ance.

Mata­mata LJ Hooker prop­erty in­vest­ment man­ager Liz Ste­wart says the in­for­ma­tion evening is a must for any­one who owns a prop­erty so they can pro­tect them­selves and their in­vest­ment.

Ste­wart says in July 2016, the smoke alarm changes came in. Pre­vi­ous to that, it was down to the land­lords in­sur­ance if they needed smoke alarms or not which cre­ates a grey area over re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘We have a lot of land­lords ring­ing us and ask­ing ques­tions, a lot to do with the changes in the Health and Safety at Work Act. So we are talk­ing through those changes. There are a lot of im­pli­ca­tions for them.

‘‘All these changes are very sen­si­ble.’’

Ste­wart says the metham­phet- amine prob­lem is a very im­por­tant topic and she is sure peo­ple will gain a lot from speaker Martin Capener, who is a metham­phetamine tester and for­mer Mata­mata se­nior po­lice con­sta­ble.

‘‘The meth prob­lem is get­ting more pub­lic­ity, so that’s a worry for land­lords. Ten­ants are wor­ried about it too, they want some­where safe for their fam­i­lies to live.’’

Other speak­ers in­clude Clive Tur­ley from Smart In­su­la­tion, Lyn­don Johns from the Mata­mata fire ser­vice and Diane Nel­son dis­cussing in­sur­ance.

‘‘It’s a way of bring­ing these knowl­edge­able peo­ple to­gether so land­lords or fu­ture prop­erty in­vestors can make good de­ci­sions and be in­formed. These are im­por­tant is­sues to look at and get an­swers for.’’

She says this is in­for­ma­tion evening.

‘‘We are mak­ing it eas­ier for strictly an land­lords to be in­formed. It will be an op­por­tu­nity to have a great evening out and to chat with other in­vestors.’’

The in­for­ma­tion sem­i­nar will be On Septem­ber 14, Mata­mata RSA, Ngaio Street from 5.30-7.30pm. Please RSVP by phon­ing LJ Hooker on 888 5677.

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