The second stage of the three-phase Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 came into force on 11 February 2021. Read more…

Is Your Property Fully Insured?

There are potential insurance risks for properties that have shared areas, for example multi-storey town houses, semi-detached homes which share a party wall, and cross lease properties which have carports, the Insurance Council of New Zealand has warned. Read more…

Reverse Mortgages

Increasing in popularity

The current combination of increasing living costs, rising house prices and low interest rates has seen more than property-seekers signing up to home loans. On the other side of the coin, some older homeowners are seeking 'reverse mortgages' from their lenders in order to release the growing equity in their property. Read more…

Rent Review in Commercial Leases

A variety of clauses to suit different situations

Negotiating commercial leases can involve a significant amount of crystal ball gazing – particularly when some leases can last decades. As recent times have shown, the landscape at the start of a lease can be miles away from the situation at the end of the lease. Read more…

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…

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