57 days ago

Coronavirus: Auckland landlord offering free rentals wants others to do the same

Danielle Clent Reporter from Western Leader

Hi neighbours, a landlord who is offering two properties for free to families in need during the coronavirus pandemic is calling on other landlords and property developers to do the same.
Just before the country went into lockdown at 11.59pm on Wednesday, a five-bedroom home in Auckland's West Harbour was listed on Trade Me for just $1 a week.
Owner Angela Olsen said she just wanted to do her part to help stranded families during the next four weeks and would do it for free.
What do you think of this? Do you believe other landlords would be in a position to do this too?

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18 hours ago

Will you make the most of changes to DIY rules?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how do you feel about the changes to building consent rules for low-risk home projects?

The government says the change will save homeowners time and money, but pro builder and The Block NZ foreman Peter Wolfkamp, is advising caution if you're planning a DIY sleep-out or office. Find out why, here.

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17 hours ago

Greedy Watercare🚿😒

Fiona from Henderson

Well, the May water bill has landed in our email.
Each month we analyse it to see where or if we can save money and/or water.
What we noticed this month was the last time we got an actual reading was way back in February. The following 3 months have been estimated.
All of the estimated readings were based from our summer usage, when we were watering our gardens.
So, my questions are, "At what point does our usage and payments level out? Will they be paying us for the month of June & July, especially as we have significantly been reducing our water usage over the last few months?"
I understand that lockdown was the reason for the first 2 months estimated readings, however May should've been an actual reading.
It really comes across as if Watercare are bleeding us financially dry, and all the while we are all doing our best to reduce and save.

2 hours ago

ExpediaNZ

David from Glen Eden

A friend from Wales was trapped in Gore during lockdown for several weeks.

Her full valid claim and explanation have been ignored and further contact seems impossible. Her timely request for an hotel refund from ExpediaNZ failed. ExpediaNZ must be making millions out of this process. It seems like fraud to me.
Here is part of their reply:-
"Thank you for getting in touch with us in regards to the booking for Roselands Motel. Please be informed that the voucher of 776 NZD has been issued to your registered account which will expire on 22 May 2021 and this is the best that we can do from our end.

Your co-operation and understanding is highly appreciated in this matter. "
A voucher, as was explained is clearly no use to her.
I would be interested if anyone else has been treated this way. Whenever possible I would always book directly with the hotel rather than any agent. Hotels do appear to honour refunds.