Helpful reading

Melanie Baker-Jones | 27 Aug 2018

Purchasing property with family

When purchasing property with family it may feel awkward to raise questions as to how to manage the legal arrangements; however it's an important question to ask.

Property Speaking | 07 Aug 2018

Property Briefs

Warmer homes for Kiwis, Meth Contamination and Foreign Investment in Residential Property...

Property Speaking | 07 Aug 2018

The great lawyers’ fee debate

Lawyers’ fees are often a difficult subject to discuss. They shouldn’t be.

Property Speaking | 07 Aug 2018

Guiding your kids into flatting

Flat leases are really ‘residential tenancy agreements’. Agreements should be in writing, however, an unwritten agreement can sometimes be enforced. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Business Briefs

Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights?  Do your homework...

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Purchasing from a developer

There are risks associated with this popular type of purchase which many people are not aware of.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Pre-purchase inspections

The final step before you settle your property purchase is to undertake a ‘pre-purchase inspection’. 

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Keeping NZ safe from money launderers

From 1 July, all law firms will be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Bright-line test period extended

To help keep a lid on the property market, the Minister of Revenue recently announced an extension to the bright-line test period from two to five years.

Property Speaking | 09 May 2018

Is your rental safe and healthy?

New laws came into effect on 1 July 2016 that require landlords to make their properties safe and healthy for tenants. Does your rental property meet the new standard?

Property Speaking | 15 Aug 2017

Agreement to lease

An agreement to lease is an agreement between a landlord and tenant of commercial property. It gives the parties an opportunity to record their leasing arrangements before they are formalised in a deed of lease. Here's how to see if you are you making the most of it. >

Property Speaking | 15 Aug 2017

Tenants not paying up?

Renting out residential property is a great way to make some extra money, pay your mortgage off faster and build an investment nest egg. It can cause real frustration, however, when your tenant fails to pay rent on time. What are your rights when your tenants don’t pay up?  >

Property Speaking | 15 Aug 2017

Property briefs

Buying a house – are you covered? Hidden titles for safety under Domestic Violence Act; and Cross lease issues: ‘warts and all’ clauses... >

Fineprint | 26 Jul 2017

Help for first home buyers

It’s every Kiwi’s dream to own their own quarter-acre share of paradise, but it’s becoming harder than ever before.  How can you help? >

Property Speaking | 09 May 2017

Property briefs

Your KiwiSaver funds – more flexible than you might think; More on multi offers; and Grants available to insulate rental properties >

Property Speaking | 07 May 2017

Airbnb

Becoming an Airbnb host sounds like the perfect way to fund some overseas travel for yourself and rent out your home while you are away. But you should be aware of the key tax considerations. >

Property Speaking | 06 May 2017

Sharing a driveway

Many episodes of Neighbours at War told of disputes regarding shared driveways. Whether you currently own a property or you’re in the market to buy a property with a shared driveway, it pays to know your rights and obligations...>

FINEPRINT | 03 May 2017

Buying off the plans

If you live in one of New Zealand’s cities, it’s likely that you’ve noticed a multitude of brand-new apartments, terraces, and town houses popping up in your area. >

 

FINEPRINT | 16 Dec 2016

Letting your holiday home

Whether you are currently letting your property for short-term visitor accommodation yourself or via the likes of Airbnb or BookaBach, or are considering doing so, we recommend that you give some thought to the following matters. >

Property Speaking | 03 Dec 2016

Property briefs

Meth testing in a property – from a vendor’s perspective; Multi-offers on a property; and Terminating a commercial lease for unpaid rent. >

Property Speaking | 02 Dec 2016

Don't rush the sale and purchase

Buying a house – on a stress scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the worst) – is said to be an 11. Don’t Rush into Signing an Agreement for Sale and Purchase. Always wait to get legal advice. >

Property Speaking | 01 Dec 2016

Get your wills and EPAs in order

You work hard to build up your assets over your lifetime, so you should decide what happens to them if you become incapacitated and when you die. Make sure you have a Will and EPAs. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 01 Sep 2016

Changes to construction law

The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) sets out a number of duties and obligations on both those commissioning building work, and those undertaking it. >