What is material?

Historically anyone making changes to a unit title development needed either to complete a redevelopment plan or to cancel the unit title plan and start again. Both options needed unanimous consent from all of the owners. Things are different under the Unit Titles Act 2010 but there are still steps to be satisfied.  Some of them are…

Property Council Manifesto: Fast Forward to Growth

The Property Council New Zealand recently released its manifesto Fast Forward to Growth.  It is easy to read, focused on commercial property and aimed at encouraging growth, productivity and investment. Key points it advocates include: • A national policy on development contributions. • Development contributions assessed to reflect the benefits achieved by the development. • Giving developers the…

Weathertight Homes – Financial Assistance Package

Another interesting bill was proposed just before Christmas, the “Weathertight Homes Resolution Services (Financial Assistance Package) Amendment Bill”.  If passed this would enable people with leaky homes to settle with the Government and Council for up to 50% of their repair costs. A lot of the commentary has dismissed the 50% contribution as inadequate. Council’s…

Weathertight Homes – Financial Assistance Package

Another interesting bill was proposed just before Christmas, the “Weathertight Homes Resolution Services (Financial Assistance Package) Amendment Bill”.  If passed this would enable people with leaky homes to settle with the Government and Council for up to 50% of their repair costs. A lot of the commentary has dismissed the 50% contribution as inadequate. Council’s…

Building consents

The Building Act 2004 review continues.  The Building Amendment Bill (No 3) had its First Reading on 9 December 2010. It is now with the Select Committee for review and submissions on the bill close on 4 March 2011. There are a number of interesting changes proposed in this bill.  The first change of note is…

Construction Contracts Act Review

The Department of Building and Housing is calling for submissions on how well the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) is working in practice. In particular comments are sought as to whether: the CCA should apply in its entirety to residential construction contracts? there are better options for enforcing adjudication orders?  adjudication orders should be able to be appealed? adjudication…

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).…