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Property Speaking | 21 Oct 2020

Changes to the Building Act 2004

Changes to the Building Act 2004 came into force on 31 August 2020. 

Property Speaking | 21 Oct 2020

Understanding your property title

Before you buy a property it is important that you understand exactly what you are purchasing. Your property title records (or should record) all of the interests that affect your title. That way, you are fully informed about any rights or obligations you may have – before you buy. 

Property Speaking | 21 Oct 2020

Property briefs

Allowing for COVID-related settlement delays.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020: three stages of changes.

Reminder: Temporary COVID residential tenancies changes have ended.

Simpson Western | 01 Oct 2020

Covid Commercial Rent Disputes

Subsidised arbitration and mediation services are now available to commercial tenants and landlords of small to medium-sized businesses that have been unable to agree upon rent reductions during Covid-19 alert levels 3 and 4.

Commercial eSpeaking | 17 Sep 2020

COVID relief roundup

Since the pandemic arrived on our shores, the government has made available multiple types of financial relief; more than one may be available to your business.

Commercial eSpeaking | 17 Sep 2020

OIO temporary emergency notification

In June, the OIO enacted a change that now requires all overseas purchasers of New Zealand business assets to submit a notification to the OIO before the transaction takes place.

Commercial eSpeaking | 17 Sep 2020

Business briefs

The Privacy Act 2020 was passed on 30 June 2020 and comes into force on 1 December 2020. 

Trust eSpeaking | 26 Aug 2020

Legal documents signing: lockdown

During the COVID lockdown, special rules applied to the signing of some legal documents.

Trust eSpeaking | 26 Aug 2020

Trustees’ decisions

In a recent case (Unkovich v Clapham [2020] NZHC 952) trustees’ decision-making came under scrutiny from the High Court.

Trust eSpeaking | 26 Aug 2020

Relationship property claims

When entering a second or subsequent relationship, it is common to want to keep assets safe from relationship property claims.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Emission control

One of the most significant pieces of new legislation introduced last year was the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019, more commonly referred to as the ‘Zero Carbon Act’.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Our new normal post-COVID

As I write this editorial, the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a long-lasting effect on New Zealand and the rest of the world. Everyone has been affected in some way – to a greater or lesser degree.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Charities in New Zealand

Charities play an important role in our society to help the disadvantaged, support specific causes or to advance knowledge.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Privacy in an ever-evolving digital age

The Privacy Act has now been passed and will become law on 1 December 2020. It will repeal and replace the current Privacy Act 1993, and will update the law to reflect the continually-evolving needs of the digital age.

Fineprint | 30 Jun 2020

Postscript

Smoking in motor vehicles with children now banned

Triangular’ employment legislation in force

Looking after your mental health during COVID

Property Speaking | 22 Jun 2020

Commercial leases post-COVID

In the past three months, most landlords and tenants would have become more familiar with the details of their lease...>

Property Speaking | 22 Jun 2020

Residential tenancies post-COVID

Due to the COVID lockdown and the ensuing impact on the country’s economy, the government has made temporary changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 ...>

Property Speaking | 22 Jun 2020

Property Briefs

Healthy homes standards compliance
Landlord alert - changes to commercial tenancies
Mortgages and loans for property owners ...>

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

The Wellbeing Budget 2020

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

Government’s COVID-19 wage subsidy

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

Business Briefs

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

simpson western | 08 Jun 2020

Covid 19 Rent Relief - Policy released

The Government has announced its plan to change the Property Law Act aimed at facilitating rent and outgoings relief for small businesses that are struggling to meet fixed costs due to the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19.

simpson western | 22 Apr 2020

Time for a Property Portfolio Health Check?

While the country remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 4, you may be considering the need for a new will.

simpson western | 14 Apr 2020

Signing Wills at Alert Level 4

While the country remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 4, you may be considering the need for a new will.

Simpson Western | 31 Mar 2020

Commercial Leases: COVID-19 Alert Level 4

The COVID-19 situation continues to develop quickly in New Zealand, and as many of you already know, we are in unprecedented times.

Simpson Western | 20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update from Simpson Western

The COVID-19 situation continues to develop quickly in New Zealand, and as many of you already know, we are in unprecedented times.

Simpson Western | 19 Mar 2020

Minimum Wage Increase

As part of a long-term strategy the government announced a plan to steadily increase the minimum wage in New Zealand between April 2019 and April 2021.

Simpson Western | 17 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Support Package

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain, COVID-19, may be causing concern for Coronavirus Support Package - What's in it for employers/workers

Trust eSpeaking | 05 Mar 2020

Enduring powers of attorney

In previous articles in Trust eSpeaking, we have explained why it is important to have an enduring power of attorney (EPA) and the problems that can be created if you do not have one when the need arises. You should have two EPAs – one for property, and the other for personal care and welfare.

Trust eSpeaking | 05 Mar 2020

Claims on an estate

The Family Protection Act 1955 allows children to bring claims against the estate of a deceased parent on the basis that their parent did not adequately provide for their ‘proper maintenance and support’.

Trust eSpeaking | 05 Mar 2020

Succession law in New Zealand

In late 2019 the Law Commission reported back to the government on its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA). 

Simpson Western | 19 Feb 2020

Employment Concerns Over Coronavirus

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain, COVID-19, may be causing concern for employers and employees alike...

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Smooth sailing this summer

With summer fast approaching, many businesses will be hiring temporary staff to meet their needs over the busy summer months. Taking on temporary staff can throw up some tricky issues. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Enjoy our waterways - but think water safety!

We are truly blessed to live in the Land of the Long White Cloud. This beautiful country of ours is, however, also the land of water. Wherever you are, you are never far from water. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Trusts Act 2019

The Trusts Act 2019 will come into effect on 30 January 2021. Much of the Act updates or restates existing law.  However, there are a number of changes about which trustees and people with trusts should be aware. ...>

Fineprint | 27 Nov 2019

Rural fires

The rural fires of last summer are a reminder of the risk of fire to our communities. The cause of the blaze in the Nelson region, one of New Zealand’s largest plantation fires, was attributed to a spark caused when farm equipment hit a stone. ...>