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You may be able to get government help to buy your first home if you’re a KiwiSaver member, a Kāinga Ora tenant and wish to buy the house that you live in, or are Māori and want to live on your ancestral land.
Learn about the house buying process. Work out what you can afford before you start looking at properties.
Selling your house or rental property is a big decision. Find out what’s involved and how to go about it.
If you own a house, you can get people to occupy the spare bedrooms and help with the bills.
Tenants, landlords and flatmates have different rights and responsibilities when renting a home or boarding house room.
If you’re renovating, make sure you use licensed tradespeople and get consents where you need them.
There are laws you need to comply with when you’re building — whether you're hiring a builder or doing the work yourself.
If you’re having trouble finding or affording a stable home, you may be able to get access to low-cost housing or help with accommodation costs.
If you own your own home, many councils let you postpone or defer paying your rates. Check with your council to find out if they offer this service and whether you are eligible.
You could get up to $665 off your rates bill.
Work out how to save money on your energy bills, make your home more energy efficient and protect the environment.
Find out if you can get help to pay for home insulation and an efficient, fixed heater through the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme.
Try asking your neighbours to be quiet if they're making too much noise. You can also complain to their landlord or the council.
You can trim most branches or roots that cross into your property up to the property boundary.
Neighbours should share the costs for fences and shared driveways. You may share the costs for some drains.
If you're having problems with a dog, you can speak to the dog's owner. Otherwise you can speak to your local council.
Date printed: 17/01/2022