Getting Safely Back on the Road
WOF testing stations are now open and you should consider renewing a WOF which expired during Alert Levels 4 and 3. If your Drivers’ Licence expired during the lockdown we encourage that you renew it soon as possible.
Now that restrictions have been relaxed it is a good time to check in on your tenants and ensure that maintenance issues affecting a tenanted property are dealt with appropriately. It’s important to remember the Healthy Homes Standards for residential rental properties that became law on 1 July 2019. For more information click here.
Also it is important to remember that in March 2020, in response to Covid-19, the government put through measures thatwill support New Zealanders to stay in their rental properties with a six-month freeze on residential rent increases and increased protection from having their tenancies terminated. For more information see our earlier post click here.
During Levels 3 and 4, if businesses did not operate and premises were temporarily unoccupied during the lockdown your insurance cover was not adversely effected. Now that restrictions have been eased under Level 2, and most businesses can operate, if you or your tenant are not resuming business operations or occupying the premises within 30-days of the commencement of Level 2, you must notify us of this alteration of risk.
Inspection, Maintenance and Reporting (IMR) procedures could not be carried out during Alert levels 4 and 3. MBIE is offered an interim Building Systems Status Report (BSSR) for those building owners who could not obtain a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF), during lockdown. When IMR procedures can be resumed we encourage building owners to ensure these are completed as soon as possible.