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Old Nov 15th 2011, 11:33 am
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Hello all, first time poster! We are currently going through the Residential Visa process, have enlisted a Visa agent and are presently attempting to get my wife Registered with the relevant Medical bodies in NZ. We were wondering how easy it is to arrange House rentals from the UK prior to arrival. I would assume you would need to provide Referees, etc, which could prove a bit difficult I would expect. We do not know anyone in NZ who could act as one.

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Hello all, first time poster! We are currently going through the Residential Visa process, have enlisted a Visa agent and are presently attempting to get my wife Registered with the relevant Medical bodies in NZ. We were wondering how easy it is to arrange House rentals from the UK prior to arrival. I would assume you would need to provide Referees, etc, which could prove a bit difficult I would expect. We do not know anyone in NZ who could act as one.

Thanks in advance
hi we got a rental when we were in uk , did help they where poms and not long been there, we just could not move into until the second month of being there so could take all paper before if you type in rentals nz there are some you can get in touch with hope this helps
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we're finding it hard to find a rental for a few months they all seem to want tenants for a years lease.

We are looking on trademe.co.nz

Where you looking at renting and when?
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Old Nov 15th 2011, 2:44 pm
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We will be looking for temporary accommodation either hotel or holiday let so we can physically go see for a longer rental....
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Old Nov 15th 2011, 11:21 pm
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Hello all, first time poster! We are currently going through the Residential Visa process, have enlisted a Visa agent and are presently attempting to get my wife Registered with the relevant Medical bodies in NZ. We were wondering how easy it is to arrange House rentals from the UK prior to arrival. I would assume you would need to provide Referees, etc, which could prove a bit difficult I would expect. We do not know anyone in NZ who could act as one.

Thanks in advance
quality of rentals is "variable" in some areas - to say the least.
I'd be cautious about sorting a rental before you know the area and can see the property for yourself, unless it's for a few weeks - and I doubt that you'd get such as short term rental unless you are paying over the odds, or are very lucky. The short term holiday let or serviced apartment or large motel room is the best bet for a couple of weeks, IMO.
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We will be looking for temporary accommodation either hotel or holiday let so we can physically go see for a longer rental....
Where are you going to end up Stormer?
Our neighbours (rental) moved out on Sunday.......
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We came to NZ in February this year. No references. No job. (Family visa) This move was not well starred ! Luckily my husband had an undated reference from when he was flatting in NZ. This was like 20 years ago ! My Dad also signed a reference as we had been living with him in the UK for 4 weeks prior to our departure. Making use of the fact that my last name is different since getting married. Yeah, not 100% kosher but needs must.

Looking for a rental property in Auckland was like pulling teeth, i.e. landlords and letting agents just not taking us seriously. I mean, we couldn't even arrange a viewing.

We then hightailed it to Christchurch 3 weeks later as was our original plan. Earthquake notwithstanding. The first letting agent I phoned was offering me the key to the property we wanted to view before she'd even seen us or asked for references etc. What a change from hard work, snooty Auckland.

We stayed in motels and D.I.Y. b&b's in the interim between rentals.

We went round to the letting agent, collected the key in exchange for a nominal key deposit, about $20 iirc (about £10). We didn't like the rental. Never mind, we had a look through their brochure, got another key. Went round, viewed it and said yes please.

Only then did the question of references come up. We handed in what we had. The letting agent just photocopied them and put them on our file. Result. No questions regarding employment either and didn't ask for proof of our financial position either. Nice to be trusted, nice to be taken seriously. We took out the lease for six months.

Three months later we relocated to Wanganui as my husband was offered a job there. We agreed as part of the Christchurch rental to have the carpets, windows and the oven professionally cleaned on our departure which we did.

Unfortunately, we couldn't break the lease early so we were liable for the remaining 3 months rent at $280 pw (£140 approx pw.) Fortunately it was re-let within 3 weeks of our departure. However, we now had at least one proper reference. This was useful for our letting agent in Wanganui, not least as they could phone our Christchurch letting agent. Not sure how diligent an NZ letting agent/landlord would be checking a UK reference.

Sometimes a reference can be a character reference. It could be from a boss or your bank.

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Where are you going to end up Stormer?
Our neighbours (rental) moved out on Sunday.......
The way NZ Immigration London are moving (or not) may well be the governing factor. Finalizing wifey's job will depend on their time scale. Her line of work is limiting to one of the 4-5 main larger city locations.......
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Thanks folks for the replies. We're not sure where we are moving to yet. Whilst we are going down the Residential Visa route, we would like my wife to have a job offer first so that will be a determining factor in where we look for property.

How much do Holiday Rentals tend to cost as an average (I appreciate it depends ob location).
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Thanks folks for the replies. We're not sure where we are moving to yet. Whilst we are going down the Residential Visa route, we would like my wife to have a job offer first so that will be a determining factor in where we look for property.

How much do Holiday Rentals tend to cost as an average (I appreciate it depends ob location).
as I recall we paid $420 a week over 3 months for a batch in Stanmore Bay, Hibiscus Coast - furnished in 1975 style but with great views
that was 5 years ago in high season but it was not easy to get that place
used one reference from the Top10 manager where we had stayed for 3 weeks another from my former boss in the UK, by email.
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