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Land and Property Disputes

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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Residential Tenancies and the Covid-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020

The Covid-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020 ('the Covid-19 Act') came into effect on 26 March 2020. The single broad policy objective of the Act is to put in place the necessary arrangements in order to implement Covid-19 Alert Level 4.
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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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Update on recent amendments of the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 and recent decision of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal

Real estate agents or salespersons seeking to challenge a Complaints Assessments Committee's finding of unsatisfactory conduct need now to be aware of a shortened appeal period.
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Reduced Limitation Periods Have Significant Consequences for Mortgagees

Previously, under the Limitation Act 1950 ("the 1950 Act") claims to recover money owing under a deed or mortgage, had to be brought within twelve years of the money falling due for repayment. However under the Limitation Act 2010 ("the 2010 Act"), this has been reduced to a limitation period of six years.
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House and Land Package Purchase Issues

Buying a new build "House and Land" package has become a popular option for many first home buyers. It can involve a deposit lower than 20% of purchase price (depending on finance), and means you have the time it takes to build to keep saving towards the purchase of your new home.
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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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