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Residential Property

Beware the Covid-19 Settlement Date Deferral Clause

Many locked down in Auckland are probably daydreaming about selling their Auckland home and permanently relocating to another region. If you have taken that leap, before signing any agreement for sale and purchase make sure your settlement dates and any Covid-19 deferral settlement date clauses are carefully reviewed by your lawyer first.
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Are You Sure You Want To Give That Warranty?

When you are selling a property it is common to list the 'Chattels' which you are to be selling with the building. Chattels are items which are able to be removed from a property without too much effort, and which were never intended to permanently form part of the structure. Common examples are an oven, paintings or a fridge. Occasionally they can be large eg a spa pool or garden shed. If it can fit on a truck, it may well be a chattel.
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Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

Vast changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, what landlords need to know of their rights and obligations to tenants. With the increasing number of New Zealanders renting, Parliament has seen it fit to make changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 ("the Act") to ensure renters are occupying warm, dry and liveable properties. The reformed Act looks to strike a balance between providing security and stability to tenants, while protecting landlord interest. It is important that landlords have an understanding of the new obligations and responsibilities the amended legislation imposes upon them, along with the penalties they may incur if not followed.
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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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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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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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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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Purchase of Residential Property: An Outline

The following is an outline of all of the services we will provide to you during the course of your sale. This list is intended to let you know exactly what is required and to provide you with piece of mind that the service we are providing is of the highest standard.
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Sale of Residential Property: An Outline

The following is an outline of all of the services we will provide to you during the course of your sale. This list is intended to let you know exactly what is required and to provide you with piece of mind that the service we are providing is of the highest standard:
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