The High Court has recently passed judgement in the case of Palmer v Hewett Building Limited & Anor  NZHC 1460, and in doing so puts construction companies and builders alike around New Zealand on notice.
Matt Smalberger discusses recent law changes aimed at restoring the affordability of residential housing in New Zealand. Unusually, consultation is taking place now the changes are in place.
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.
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.
If you are selling or plan to sell unit title property, we recommend you take a close look at the warranties you agree to provide.
In April 2019, MBIE released a discussion paper that proposed radical reforms to the building industry. Matt Smalberger looks at the implications.