Felling Trees This Summer

Have heard about law changes making it easier to chop down trees?  Are you waiting for 1 January 2012 so you can fell a pesky tree without the need to apply for a resource consent?  Not so fast.  Case law earlier this year shows the changes to the legislation may not work quite how many…

Invalid cancellation of lease

Lessors are encouraged to take a lot of care and attention when cancelling leases under the Property Law Act 2007. The Supreme Court’s decision on 10 May 2011 in Ingram & Knee v Patcroft Properties Limited shows that care and attention is very important. The lessor was held liable to pay damages to the lessee…

New tender form

Real estate agents have commonly had their own form of tender conditions. The tender conditions were generally similar and most included terms of sale very close to the ADLS/REINZ form of agreement for sale and purchase.  A new standard tender form is welcome.  In a tender there are two contracts.  The first contract is the tender process…

Unit Title regulations

The start date for the new Unit Titles Act draws ever closer but remains unknown. We are still waiting on regulations that are needed to make the Act workable. The NZ Law Society was recently involved in discussions with the Department of Building and Housing regarding just what the regulations will say. Those discussions are confidential but there…

Are body corporate management contracts ultra vires?

We have written previously about body corporate rules considered ultra vires by the Courts.  Contracts entered into beyond the powers conferred by the body corporate rules will be void and unenforceable.  On 21 February 2011 the High Court gave its judgement as to whether or not the body corporate secretarial services contract and management contract…

The Reasonable Landlord

 A recent enquiry about a landlord unreasonably withholding consent raised some interesting issues.  The query related to a proposed change of use under a lease.  A change of use can be prohibited in lease.  However, if it is allowed with the consent of the landlord, the landlord must be reasonable in determining whether or not to give…

Possession

   Possession Before Settlement Sometimes on the sale of a residential property, the purchaser wants possession even though settlement is not going to take place when expected.  That can occur for a number of reasons: The vendor is not ready. The purchaser cannot settle yet. For some reason the parties agree to extend the settlement…