Unit titles – who pays?

The Court of Appeal looks at how costs for remedial works should be shared at Auckland’s Shangri-La apartments. Wikipedia notes Shangri-La is meant to be a “permanently happy land”, not so Auckland’s Shangri-La.  The Court of Appeal was asked by the body corporate (i.e the owners) to look at: *  the cost allocation for remedial…

The new NZS 3910:2013 standard form building contract has been published

Most residential property developers use the NZS 3910 standard form of building contract.  It’s used for infrastructure works for a subdivision or for building high-rise apartments.  It’s used regardless of the procurement method e.g. traditional client-designed projects, design/build (with or without novated design consultants).  NZS 3910 has just had a make-over.  This should mean fewer special conditions…

Developers – are you going to join the body corporate committee?

Developers commonly become members of the body corporate committee, especially if units remain unsold or it is a staged development, so as to retain control. There has been a recent case (Guardian Retail Holdings Limited v Buddle Findlay High Court, 27 June 2013) considering body corporate committee member’s personal liability.  The underlying issue was the…

Consumer Law Reform

The Consumer Law Reform Bill is almost ready to be passed into law.  The Commerce Commission signals the new law might be in place as early as 1 October 2013.  It will change the way we all do business and enlarge consumer rights.  All businesses, especially those that sell to the public, will need to be across…

AlexanderDorrington is ranked as a top tier firm by Legal 500

AlexanderDorrington is pleased to announce that they have maintained their top tier position in the real estate and construction category of the Legal 500 Asia- Pacific.  AlexanderDorrington remains the only Auckland boutique property firm that achieves this status for legal work in the real estate and construction area.  Thanks to our clients, contacts and staff who have supported…