Property Council Manifesto – Fast Forward to Growth

 The Property Council New Zealand recently released its manifesto Fast Forward to Growth.  It is easy to read, focused on commercial property and aimed at encouraging growth, productivity and investment.  Key points it advocates include: • A national policy on development contributions. • Development contributions assessed to reflect the benefits achieved by the development. • Giving developers the…

Details

Weathertight Homes – Financial Assistance Package

Another interesting bill was proposed just before Christmas, the “Weathertight Homes Resolution Services (Financial Assistance Package) Amendment Bill”.  If passed this would enable people with leaky homes to settle with the Government and Council for up to 50% of their repair costs. A lot of the commentary has dismissed the 50% contribution as inadequate. Council’s…

Details

Weathertight Homes – Financial Assistance Package

Another interesting bill was proposed just before Christmas, the “Weathertight Homes Resolution Services (Financial Assistance Package) Amendment Bill”.  If passed this would enable people with leaky homes to settle with the Government and Council for up to 50% of their repair costs. A lot of the commentary has dismissed the 50% contribution as inadequate. Council’s…

Details

Building consents

The Building Act 2004 review continues.  The Building Amendment Bill (No 3) had its First Reading on 9 December 2010. It is now with the Select Committee for review and submissions on the bill close on 4 March 2011. There are a number of interesting changes proposed in this bill.  The first change of note is…

Details

Construction Contracts Act Review

The Department of Building and Housing is calling for submissions on how well the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) is working in practice. In particular comments are sought as to whether: the CCA should apply in its entirety to residential construction contracts? there are better options for enforcing adjudication orders?  adjudication orders should be able to be appealed? adjudication…

Details

Unit Titles Update

The new Act is not yet in force as the regulations are being finalised.  We expect it later this year or early next.  Those involved in unit titles will need to be ready as the transitional arrangements are concerned only with the body corporate rules and maintenance.  We have set up a discussion group on…

Details

Subcontractors Take Note

Two labour only subcontractors have found themselves liable in negligence to the current and future owners of a house they had helped build. Their liability was assessed at as being a 20% share of the loss. Yes, it was a leaking problem. (60% of the responsibility was attributed to the plasterer and 20% to Council).…

Details

Building Amendment Act 2009

The 2009 amendment to the Building Act is (in the most part) now in force. It introduces a new regime “national multi-use approvals” (or MultiProof as the Department of Building and Housing are branding it). This is to enable volume builders of simple buildings to obtain prior approval from the DBH to plans and specifications.…

Details