Reasonable time for completion of a subdivision

 What a Court considers a reasonable time for completion of a subdivision might be longer than you think! For example, it might be perfectly reasonable for a developer to defer applying for a resource consent until zoning issues are resolved. Making time of the essence for the performance of an obligation is a tool for use to…

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.…

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).…