Advice & Tools

  • Rate-my-Flat Check what the previous tenants though of a flat and landlord Recommended
  • Otago Flatting Goods Facebook PageIf you need to buy or sell anything from your flats, Otago Flatting Goods is a useful community to join.
  • Flatting Guide Going flatting? Read OPSA’s before looking for flats or signing a lease Recommended
  • STARS Check out the quality of a flat before you sign up for it  Recommended
  • Flatting 101 Dept of Building & Housing’s guide to setting up a flat for the first time
  • Home Energy Self Check How much is it going to cost to heat
  • Powerswitch & Glimp Find the cheapest retailer for your power needs
  • Glimp is one of NZ's free comparison website for broadband and power providers. Find the best deal in minutes and save on your bill
  • Mouldy Flat? OPSA’s guide to getting rid of mold
  • Landlord Issues? Check out your rights and responsibilities, OPSA can help you with this.

Check out the implications of fixed-term leases before signing them – you are agreeing to pay rent for the entire time, meaning you can’t move out unless the landlord agrees to break the lease. OPSA recommends periodic leases if these suit you better.

Also be aware that in joint leases all tenants are joint and severally liable – this means if a flat-mate does a runner the landlord can expect you to pay their rent. OPSA recommends room-by-room leases if that suits you better.

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Here’s a great cook book full of delicious and cheap meals that you can cook at home or for your flat mates

Click here to download the cook book

Also check out the internet for heaps of recipes or Countdown for their give-away meal recipes or