On 5th August 2020, the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passed its 3rd reading in the House and will come into effect as the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 after Royal Assent. Although the majority of changes will only kick in after a six-month period, giving time for tenants and landlords to be aware of their new obligations and rights. The Act will have a direct impact on both tenants and landlords.
The Government has finally stepped into the fray of the free market to have a say as to how rent is to be determined between landlords and tenants in the face of Covid-19. Matt Smalberger looks at the issues.
We’ve helped many a nervous buyer through their first purchase and so we’re well practised at anticipating the things you might want to know. Here are some of the most frequent questions our team is asked…
A right of renewal and a lease extension may have the same practical effect, however, there is a separate and distinct legal difference between the two. Angela Barnett explains.
New rules have been introduced to residential tenancies as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. These could cause some practical issues, particularly if the owner of a tenanted property is thinking of selling. Matt Smalberger explains.
With so much uncertainty until we eliminate COVID-19, Denise Marsden has some extra clauses sellers and buyers might consider adding to agreements for sales and purchase.
Enduring Power of Attorney documents have become much more detailed than the old one-pagers. They are more work but produce a much better result says, Angela Mills.
Making a will is not just about deciding what to do with your assets when you’re gone. A well-written will reflects your wishes even when you’re not there.
Insider knowledge: Christine Cechova looks at three consistent themes which seem to make the cross-lease conversions we have completed easier.
Are you entitled to use your KiwiSaver for your first home? Kylie Carbines looks at First Home Withdrawals and Home-Start Grants.
As we move towards COVID-19 alert level 3, Denise Marsden looks at what this means for property settlements both residential and commercial.
In the first of a series of four asset planning articles, Angela Mills takes a humorous look at Trusts from a personal perspective. Using her time in lockdown to fix the proverbial leaky tap in the plumber’s house.