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Short Term Accommodation FAQs


Looking for information on long term rentals?

Or maybe you just want to view our terms and conditions?


I need a quote for my insurance company. Can you do this for me?



Yes, we can prepare a letter for your insurance company outlining the charges for your stay. We are also happy to take phone calls from your insurer to verify the matter. We will need the full names of all the policy holders, your address, home and mobile phone numbers, your insurance company name and phone number, your claim officer's name and DDI, and your claim number.


My insurance money for temporary accommodation has run out, is there any other help I can get with paying for my accommodation?


You may be eligible for an allowance. Contact CETAS on 0800 673 227, or visit theirwebsite

How far in advance should I reserve my apartment?

You should contact us as soon as you have confirmed travel dates. We often have bookings up to a year in advance, so recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, especially over the peak New Zealand summer season.


What can I expect in my apartment?


We have detailed amenities list for each of our houses which can be found when you click through to the details of each house.

In addition, all our homes are quiet, comfortable and sunny and come with:

Personalised service . If you are looking for a home to rent long term or buy in Christchurch, need help with schools or finding a nanny, or you have questions about immigration, I will provide a referral to a person or service who can help.

Comfortable beds , a range of books and magazines, complimentary child's cot and highchair if needed, sunny courtyards, and a tranquil setting in a quiet neighbourhood.

High speed wireless internet - no more waiting for dial-up, or trying to find an internet cafe.


What do I need to bring with me?


Our houses are self catering.This means that a small amount of products such as tea, coffee, sugar, hand soap, toilet paper, dishwasher powder / detergent etc. are supplied to get you started (it's never nice to arrive straight from a long flight and have to go to the grocery store), but you will need to top these up for the rest of your stay. You will also need to take care of cleaning, washing of bed and bath linen, and rubbish removal on a regular basis (at least weekly). A weekly or fortnightly cleaning service can be arranged, please contact the office to enquire about this.


How do I collect the apartment keys?


After you make your reservation and before your arrival, you will receive an email that includes the full details of the address of the home, where the keys are and the access code for the lockbox.


May we visit the apartment before deciding?


Sometimes this is possible - please contact us on 03 379 5033 oroffice@rubyhousing.co.nz


How do I book an apartment?


Once you have found the apartment you would like to rent, head to ouraccommodation enquirypage with the required information. It is important that you fill out all the fields, and ensure that your email address is correct. Booking is only confirmed once the deposit is received.


Or ...


If you are not sure which apartment you want, you can simply send a request form with details of what you are looking for and we will contact you to find out what you are looking for and suggest what may best suit your needs.



In the meanwhile, we will check the availability of the selected apartment, and get back to you as soon as possible with details and any further information required.



My builder has said my repairs are going to take 4 -6 weeks, how long should I book for?


We recommend you book for the shorter period of time as Insurance companies generally only cover the period your home is uninhabitable. We are often able to extend your stay with prior notice, however if you leave early a refund is only payable if we can rebook that part of your reservation.


How will I know when my reservation is confirmed?


Once your deposit is received into our account you have booked your accommodation, we will send you a confirmation email to let you know that everything is in order. A reservation will not be confirmed until all funds have been cleared before arrival at any accommodation.

How do I submit a testimonial on an apartment?   


We encourage you to send us any feedback on both our service and the experience you gained at your chosen apartment. You can submit your testimonial to us at office@rubyhousing.co.nzand we will get back to you with a reply. 


Can I book for less than 2 weeks?

While we do prefer a minimum booking period of two weeks, we can sometimes accept shorter bookings if they fall between existing reservations. We do have a few short stay properties available with a minimum booking period of 3 nights.




Do I have to clean the house when I leave?


We have staff who will clean the house in preparation for the next guest. However, we ask that you leave the home as clean and tidy as you found it. Additional cleaning required as a result of your stay may result in these charges being passed to you.


Do I have to supply my own linen?

No, all linen is supplied - including sheets, pillowcases, towels and tea towels.


Do I have to pay for internet, telephone or power during my stay?

All of our houses come with complimentary broadband (a set amount of data per month is included in the tariff for each property - if this is exceeded there may be an additional charge). Most come with a landline telephone for local calls only - any mobile or toll calls made from the home may be invoiced directly to you. Power is additional unless you have arranged at the time of booking for this to be included in the tariff. A security deposit for power is payable on arrival. We read the meter before you arrive and when you leave, this is invoiced separately.

Gas is not provided for heating, our homes are "self catering". Gas is however provided for hot water heating and cooking.


Can I forward my home phone to the house during my stay?

Provided that the phone and internet service are not disconnected, then yes you may forward your calls from your home phone to the house at your own cost. Please note that you will be responsible for any reconnection, service or other charges incurred - even if disconnection happens inadvertently,


Can I download information from the internet during my stay?


Each house comes with a certain amount of data per month, if you exceed this allowance the internet connection speed may slow to dial up speed or stop altogether. You may be able to purchase additional data at your expense, and will be required to do so if you have used up the monthly allowance and there are more guests arriving before it renews.

Under no circumstances are guests to download illegal material such as (but not limited to) pirated movies or pornograpy.


What are the means of payment?

You can secure your booking either by credit card by phoning us during business hours, or if you provide a phone number we are happy to call - or by bank transfer to our NZD account. Please note that paying by credit card or international bank transfer will attract an additional fee. We can now take eftpos or cash payments at our office.

Are my credit card payments secure?

We only accept credit card details over the phone or by fax as these are the most secure methods. We never store any banking information concerning you.

When will my credit card be charged?


Your credit card will be charged either the day we receive the information, or at another date confirmed by you. We can only secure your booking once your credit card has been charged. Once the payment has been made, we will immediately send you an email regarding the transaction.


What is your cancellation policy?

As a small business we rely on people turning up when they say they will. If a cancellation or reduction in stay is made within two weeks prior to arrival date the full tariff will still be charged - this applies to the whole term of your reservation.If you need to cancel or change your booking, please give us as much notice as possible. We will make all reasonable attempts to re-book the accommodation, however this is not guaranteed, as we are not the same as a motel and are unable to put a "vacancy" sign outside for the home. If we are able to re-book all or part of your reservation, we may refund your deposit/tariff for that period (a 10% cancellation fee may apply).


How do I modify or amend my booking?

You can contact us by email, telephone or fax with any amendments you require; for example, if you want to add nights to your booking. We cannot, however, guarantee availability if you require extra nights.


If you still need more information or have a question we have not answered above, do not hesitate to contact us.