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Commercial Property

Leasing in a Post-Pandemic World

A New Normal - The impacts of the Covid-19 virus have been felt the world over and have pushed businesses to their limits. Parties on each side of a lease have been left with the job of negotiating through untested and uncertain lease clauses in a time where the support being offered by Government has been unclear and anyone who did hold insurance is discovering that 'pandemics' and 'infectious diseases' are a common policy exemption.
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Construction, Builders, NZS3910 Building Contracts and Covid-19

At a press release on 24 March 2020 at 1.00 pm a spokesperson for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said: "If you are in doubt whether you are an essential service, you're probably not".
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Leases in the Time of Covid-19

We have been fielding an unprecedented (but understandable) number of queries from both tenant and landlord clients wanting to understand the legal position in respect of either termination of commercial leases, and obligations in respect of rental/outgoings payments.
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What Happens When a Commercial Tenant Outgrows Their Space?

Successful companies that have experienced exponential growth in a short period may need to relocate and move into bigger premises much sooner than the initial business plan anticipated. This may mean having to negotiate surrendering or assigning a lease, particularly in situations where the current term of the lease has a number of years left to run and the need to move is far more immediate.
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Thinking of Buying a Commercial Property?

Consider these five tips before entering into an agreement.
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Commercial Leases - Things Landlords Should Consider Before Entering Into a New Lease

It is in a Landlord's best interest to protect their investment and make sure any exposure to loss from a dodgy Tenant is minimised. All too often we hear of stories involving a Landlord being duped by a Tenant for whatever reason. Perhaps the Tenant becomes unable to pay its rent and rather than seeking out the Landlord and dealing with the situation head on, the Tenant allows its financial problems to continue until it is too late. By this time the Landlord is often owed money in rental and outgoings arrears and in the more extreme circumstances can be left with a vacant property needing to be re-tenanted urgently.
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Protecting Commercial Landlords From Tenancy Default

Unfortunately situations where Tenants are unable to pay rent on their leased commercial premises happens all too often. As a commercial property Landlord, knowing your rights and what to do if this situation arises will help minimise your losses.
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Know Your Business - Things You Should Think About Before the Sale

When it comes to a business sale you need to "know your business". It is far too easy for assumptions to be made that are not incorporated in thesale agreement itself. In this article, we comment briefly on some of the things you should think about before seeing an agent or putting pento paper.
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Commercial Property Due Diligence Issues

Purchasers of commercial property should undertake an exhaustive review of each potential purchase before declaring an agreement unconditional. This review should be undertaken in consultation with your lawyer, accountant, property manager, building inspector, lender, and otherwise as appropriate.
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Evicting a Commercial Tenant - Know Your Rights

The Property Law Act 2007 ("PLA") codifies – very strictly – the process and means by which a commercial tenant may be evicted for non-payment of rentor some other breach of its lease obligations. Whether you are the landlord or the tenant,it is critical you understand your rights and obligationsin an eviction scenario.
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