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Award-winning property managers support local workers

The team from Home & Co, recently named Property Management Company of the Year in the 2023 Leading Property Managers Association (LPMA) awards, are always keen to support the local Wanaka community.

Recently they were able to help Shashika Jayasinghe and his brother-in-law, both from Sri Lanka, into a long-term rental property.

Both Shashika and his brother-in-law have fulltime jobs in Wanaka – Shashika’s role is in hospitality – and have been looking for long-term accommodation for around five months.

Shashika says being able to secure a residential rental means they can bring his sister and her three children from Sri Lanka to join them in their new hometown. “We haven’t seen our family for more than a year so I can’t thank everyone at Home & Co enough for helping us find the right property. We really appreciate their support and the amazing service they provided to us as tenants.”

Colleen Topping, director of Home & Co, says it’s always satisfying to be able to help tenants find a rental property, particularly when they’ve been looking for some time.

“As we know, the Wanaka rental market can be challenging for tenants, particularly if there aren’t many vacant properties available,” says Colleen. “We also know how important immigrant workers like Shashika are to our local businesses, so these situations are definitely win-win for the local community.”

Talking of winning, Colleen is also thrilled that Home & Co was awarded the Property Management Company of the Year in the 2023 LPMA Excellence in Property Management Awards which were run online on 26 February.

“The LPMA is an international organisation of property managers from New Zealand, Australia and the United States, so it’s particularly pleasing to be recognised by our peers that our team of five here in Wanaka is doing an outstanding job.”

When assessing Home & Co’s awards entry, LPMA judges said they had never had sustainability mentioned before. They were impressed by Home & Co’s commitment to educating tenants about recycling and how to better care for appliances which looks after the owner’s chattels, extends the appliances’ lifespan to lessen the number going to landfill when they become uneconomical to repair.

Colleen says looking at their own carbon footprint as a business has become a key focus for the Home & Co in recent years. They were the only non-construction and non-hospitality attendees at a workshop called “Measure What Matters” run by the Queenstown Lakes District Council late last year.

“An idea from this workshop, which has since been implemented, is to include a reuseable coffee cup in each tenant welcome pack along with a Plastic Free Wanaka reuseable tote bag. Our other initiatives are to have only re-useable To Rent signs and not having wastebins under each office desk, encouraging us all to recycle paper waste.”

The LPMA Excellence in Property Management Awards includes numerous categories and Home & Co was also presented with the awards for Excellence in Team Culture Award, Industry Educator Award, and Excellence in Business Performance Award, as well as an individual award – Excellence in Administration – for Home & Co team administrator, Jeanette Sharpe.

Home & Co has supported Wanaka’s residential landlords and tenants for more than 19 years. More information is available on the website, www.homeandco.co.nz


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