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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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How do Bodies Corporate Operate in Response to Covid-19?

Under Section 89 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (“the Act”) bodies corporate are required to hold an annual general meeting ("AGM") within 15 months of the last AGM. An extraordinary general meeting ("EGM") is required to be held when requested by more than 25% of unit owners or when necessary business is required to be completed under Section 89A of the Act. Current Covid-19 restrictions will limit bodies corporate from convening physical meetings of owners consistent with obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 which requires bodies corporate to take all practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of any person attending body corporate meetings.
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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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Updated KiwiSaver Article for Generation Y

KiwiSaver has almost two million members. As at 1 May 2012, approximately 340,000 of those members were aged between 25 and 34. One of the advantages of KiwiSaver for this age group and others who are in the first home market is the schemes to assist first home buyers. Members can apply for a first-home deposit subsidy of up to $5,000.00 and can withdraw all or part of their savings to put towards their deposit.
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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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Buying or Selling a Property? Five Things to Think About

Your home is likely to be the biggest asset you ever own, and although buying and selling property is an exciting venture, there are several things that should be kept in mind before entering into a property transaction. Here is a list of our top five things to consider before your sale and purchase agreement goes unconditional:
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Auckland's Unitary Plan - In a Nutshell

You may have heard the term 'Auckland Unitary Plan' bantered about - if you live in Auckland or plan to, this document will have an impact on your life;whether it be job creation and development, how affordable your home is, and even who your neighbours may be, take a few moments and familiarise yourself with it (access here: Auckland Unitary Plan) or, given it is 7,000 pages, read on for a brief overview...
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Unit Titles Act 2010 : Is Your Licence Legal?

Do you have an informal licence over a portion of common property located in a unit title development? Have you ever wondered if that licence iscompliant with the requirements of the Unit Titles Act 2010 ("the Act")?
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