A Guide for Property Managers – How to Keep your Buildings Clean

Tenancy law in New Zealand requires that rental properties be kept safe, clean and well maintained. This means that Property Managers have a few things they need to ensure are carried out.

Requirements for New Zealand Rentals

All rentals in New Zealand must be have:

  • Underfloor insulation
  • Ceiling insulation
  • Working smoke alarms
  • Safe premises that are well maintained
  • Clean, hygienic living conditions

Keeping your Buildings Clean

As well as the minimum requirements, one of the most important ongoing jobs for property managers is keeping the buildings clean and properties maintained.

Windows, Carpets, Common Areas

Depending on the size of your building, you may need to clean common areas daily, and carpets and windows weekly.

The common areas of your rental building will include areas such as entryway, hallways, and common kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms.

Sanitisation and disinfection of these areas is important. Your carpets will need to be steam cleaned, and hard floors stripped, buffed and polished.

Windows need to be cleaned inside and out. You can use a pure water window cleaning method to reduce your impact on the environment.

Exterior Building Washes

Buildings need to be cleaned regularly to preserve the life of the paint and the building. You may need to hire a contractor to do this if you have a building that is more than one storey high.

Rubbish, Recycling & Green Waste

Most of your tenants rubbish, recycling and green waste should be managed through your local council rubbish collection service. Ensure your tenants have access to these bins, and know which days of the week collection is made.

You may also need to provide a general skip for additional rubbish that will need to be emptied regularly.

Property Maintenance

Driveways, footpaths, gardens and trees around your tenant building will also need to be maintained regularly.

Larger trees will need to be keep away from power lines and any dangerous limbs will need to be dealt with immediately.

How to Manage Everything

As a property manager, you should carry out regular inspections of your tenant buildings. This helps you to ensure that the tenants are keeping their spaces clean and tidy, and there is no damage or repairs that need to be done.

If you find that repairs are necessary, these should be done promptly. It helps to have a list of contractors that you can work with for each type of repair or maintenance.

A checklist is an excellent way to remember everything that you as the property manager need to remember. There are also some great apps available that can help you liase with your tenants for repairs and services that are required.

There are businesses that can help you with other services around property management such as Body Corporate Solutions who can manage your administration and insurance services for your properties.

We Can Help with all things Cleaning

We understand how busy you are as a property manager. That’s why we make the process of keeping your buildings clean, sanitary and well maintained super easy.

We can help with all things cleaning – windows, floors, common areas, exterior building washes, property maintenance and rubbish removal.

It’s as easy as one call. We use an advanced app called CleanSmart® to liase with you simply and efficiently. You can tell us what you need, what supplies you are running low on as well as provide feedback on our services to you.

Our professional team of cleaners are experts at commercial cleaning. We ensure our quality of work through our 3 level support service, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 0800 253 266 or request a free quote.

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