Around the country, home owners and renters alike have been renting out their spare bedrooms and baches to visitors via websites like Airbnb. The explosion in listings on these sites has led to complaints from neighbours about noisy guests (in turn leading to compliance action being taken by district and city councils), and complaints that… Read More.

The bright-line test is what IRD uses to determine whether income derived from the sale of residential land will incur taxation. This test recently changed to become more expansive. This means the bright-line test will be applicable to many more people, therefore understanding how the bright-line test works is incredibly important for home owners considering… Read More.

Whether you’re a landlord looking to get out of a lease or a tenant looking to stay in your premises, knowing the ins and outs of commercial lease forfeiture can help clarify your rights. A commercial landlord has the right to forfeit a lease where a tenant is in breach of a covenant, including where… Read More.

The search for your first home or investment property is an incredibly exciting but often daunting process. There are a number of factors to consider before finding the property that is right for you, and it pays to be as organised as possible to ensure that you can act quickly when the perfect property presents… Read More.

Townhouse and apartment living has become more prevalent in New Zealand in recent years, particularly in the larger cities of Auckland and Wellington, with multi-unit developments comprising 40 per cent of new builds in 2016. Growth in this area has put the existing legislation, which governs the ownership and management of Unit Titles, to the… Read More.

So your new property is haunted. Who are you going to call? It’s a good rule of thumb that, if an obligation is not actually written into a contract, you may find it hard to persuade the courts to enforce it. It’s also the case that the law generally does not recognise the existence of… Read More.

Recently, we were asked whether a lessee under a farm lease was allowed to grant a licence to a beekeeper for a honey venture. Was the landlord required to consent to this? Was it a breach of the lease if it had already been done? Surprisingly, there is very little case law on this issue.… Read More.

This article looks at what is involved in due diligence for a commercial building and why it’s such a good idea. When buying a commercial property, make the agreement subject to a ‘due diligence’ clause so you don’t have to go ahead if you find a problem. The Big Twelve Check that all uses, current… Read More.