PRIDE Property Management is the winner of the 2016 Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award, which was organised by the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).
SWHT chairman Jim Hargest said the team at Pride Property Management displayed a strong level of support to tenants and landlords, encouraging energy efficiency ideas and insulation improvements to rental properties in Southland throughout the year.
These improvements helped to make a healthier living environment for many tenants, he said.
“Several entries were submitted for the award and the Southland Warm Homes Trust were impressed to see the effort and commitment Southland property management businesses have been making towards improving the energy efficiency of rental properties.”
This is the first year the Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award had been offered to property managers in the region.
The award recognised property managers who were actively improving the living conditions of tenants and supporting the vision of the SWHT by providing energy-saving information and ideas to tenants, and worked with landlords to make warmer, healthier rental properties.
The award will be presented to the team of Pride Property Management at a function next Thursday.
“The Southland Warm Homes Trust has been helping Southland families live in warmer, healthier, and more energy efficient homes since 2008.
“Through the support of Government and local funders, and in conjunction with local service provider Awarua Synergy, subsidised home assessments and insulation installations have been delivered by to more than 5000 families across Southland,” Mr Hargest said.
Under the current Tenancy Act legislation, from July 1, 2019, all rental properties will be required to meet a high standard of insulation.
To help with this transition, the Government introduced the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes Rental initiative, which with additional support from the SWHT, enables Southland landlords to access a 50% subsidy for the cost of insulating eligible rental properties.
The SWHT is jointly funded by Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority and local funding providers Electricity Invercargill Ltd, The Power Company Ltd, The Community Trust of Southland, Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, Environment Southland, Gore District Council, The Southern Trust, NZ Oil & Gas Ltd, and The Guy Waddell Charitable Trust.