Independent Trustees – limiting liability

Independent trustees are no doubt very aware that contracts they enter into with third parties expose them to personal liability, unless there is a clause in the contract limiting their liability. Trustees who regularly use the standard (ADLS/REINZ) form of agreement for sale and purchase of real estate would also be aware that the current…

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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.…

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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).…

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