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Land & Property Disputes

Don’t get caught out, get good advice first. Property transactions are often complex and can involve an array of legal issues.

Without the right legal advice at each stage of the transaction, you may unknowingly expose yourself to obligations or waive rights you did not expect. We are here to help you navigate your options in the event of a property dispute, whether that involves negotiation, re-negotiation or arbitration.

If the need for court litigation does arise, the McVeagh Fleming team is highly skilled at representing you in any claim. We have a team of highly regarded property lawyers and litigators with wide-ranging experience in property-related disputes, as well as access to the best industry experts.

Our objective is always to manage costs, and we have the expertise to ensure we achieve timely and cost-effective outcomes in every case.


Land and property disputes can include issues over:

  • Lease disagreements
  • Sale and purchase of land or businesses, and agreement issues
  • Caveat disputes and land usage issues
  • Fencing and boundary disputes
  • Nuisance
  • Leaky building issues
  • Mortgagee sales
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Resource management issues
  • Cancellation disputes
  • Specific performance claims.

Recent Insights

January 2021

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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April 2020

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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March 2020

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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