More about the Land Transfer Act changes – Land Covenants and Encumbrances

It is not uncommon to see encumbrances registered against titles.  They are a tool used when a land owner has an obligation to someone like an incorporated society or a neighbour.   An encumbrance might require that a land owner: join an association, maintain some native bush, or reinstate a fire wall.  Sometimes they even impose obligations that…

Tenancy law changes

Big changes here for boarding house owners (and those looking at acquiring boarding houses in the run up the Rugby World Cup).  They will now be subject to the Residential Tenancies Act in a number of scenarios.  For example, boarding house owners will now need to give 28 days notice that a tenancy is being…

Unit Titles Act 2010

The Department of Building and Housing has published a Unit Titles Amendment Bill consultation document dated 20 November 2012.  They are seeking views on some proposed amendments to the Act and Regulations.  Written submissions are due by 1 February 2013.  The review is only intended to address minor and technical issues with the Act. A…

The Way We Were

Certificates of Title Remember when you bought a property and the lawyer gave you a handwritten title on paper that was thick and waxy and felt really important?  You could see the history of the land you were buying from the many entries on the title.  It was treasured and when it wasn’t kept at the…