Building a Fence in Town

As the daylight hours extend, so too does the list of summer jobs that have been building up over the past year. On that list for many will be replacing those rickety old boundary fences that surround your house. Before you rip them all down, we have a case study that clarifies why it's so important not to rush. Read more…

We're Buying a House Together

Time for a contracting out agreement?

You have had years of saving up for the overseas experience many New Zealanders dream of - then a pandemic hits. The London job you thought you had in the bag is no longer an option, and you and your partner are faced with extending the lease on your flat here - that you were eagerly awaiting to escape. What do you do now? Read more…

Holiday Houses

Rules for both owners and renters

With New Zealand's borders closed and overseas travel restricted for the foreseeable future, many Kiwis will be looking to rent a holiday home for the traditional summer holiday this year.

There are plenty of options on sites such as Bookabach, Holiday Houses and Airbnb as well as renting a holiday house privately. Read more…

Property Briefs

Allowing for COVID-related settlement delays

When New Zealand headed into COVID Level 4 in March, real estate transactions stalled because of difficulties completing essential elements of settlement, such as the legal paperwork, giving of vacant possession and the inability of moving companies to access the property. In response, a number of buyers and sellers adjusted their agreements to delay settlement until alert levels decreased. Read more…

Understanding your property title

'Estate', 'ownership with others' and 'interests'

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. Read more…

Changes to the Building Act 2004

Consents not needed for small builds

Changes to the Building Act 2004 came into force on 31 August 2020. The changes vary the circumstances under which you are required to obtain a building consent. Read more…

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