In November 2019, the main form that lawyers and real estate agents use for sale and purchase of property changed. The new form incorporates changes in case law, technological changes and better reflects real world practices. The changes we consider most likely to affect clients buying or selling are as follows: Chattels and warranties Under… Read More.

Regulations came into effect on 4 April 2018 which directly affect landlords of commercial premises. This article sets out the background and explains your obligations as a landlord. What is the problem? For many years, asbestos was a well regarded building material. It was strong, durable, fire resistant and water resistant. A few products that… Read More.

Rising property prices, larger deposit requirements from lenders and the higher cost of living has resulted in many young adults no longer being able to save a large enough deposit to enable them to purchase a home of their own. These first home buyers are increasingly appealing to the bank of Mum and Dad to… Read More.

Owners of animals will be aware that they have the potential to cause significant damage to property including land, crops or other animals. When animals are properly managed, this damage can be controlled. However, when livestock strays onto a neighbour’s land and causes damage, a question arises: who is liable for the damage? The answer… 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.

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 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.