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  • New Rules Regarding Disposal of Residential Property

    June 2018

    “Bright-Line Test Extended to 5 Years”In the Autumn Edition of our Law Report, Toni van Doorn in her article titled “The Bright-Line test – A warning for property investors” warned that the new government is considering a Tax Bill to extend ...

  • The Bright-Line Test

    March 2018

    A warning for Property Investors.In 2015, the government introduced the “bright-line test”, a method which attempts to tighten the property investment rules. The bright-line test states that (subject to exemptions) any gain from disposing of residential land within two years of ...

  • Relationship Property after Death

    March 2018

    The survivor needs to consider the optionsPart 8 of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”) deals with the division of property where a marriage or de facto relationship ends because one of the parties has died.  The surviving spouse or ...

  • A Warning for Residential Landlords

    September 2017

    Is it a good idea?It is increasingly popular for buyers to enter into an “off-the-plan” agreement to buy a house or an apartment that is yet to be built. When signing an off-the-plan agreement, buyers are more interested in the end ...

  • P/Meth Testing

    September 2017

    An updateOur Autumn 2016 newsletter contained an article regarding the importance of having a property tested for P-contamination prior to purchase. We recommended, in that article, that prospective purchasers make Agreements for Sale and Purchase of a property conditional upon the ...

  • Purchasing a Residential Property

    September 2017

    It's a risky business Buying a property, be it your first home or a family bach, is a big decision. The right lawyer will make that decision a little bit easier. The agreement for sale and purchase of Real Estate is ...

  • Property Transactions

    March 2017

    Buying and selling property can be stressful, especially since the process is new and unfamiliar for most people. To help you better understand the process and to take some of the stress out of it, here is a basic overview of ...

  • Shared Driveways Re-visited

    December 2016

    A shared driveway is something that can, completely unexpectedly, throw ostensibly polite neighbours into the throes of war. One such battle recently spilled from a Remuera driveway into the arena of the Auckland High Court. In that case, it emerged that ...

  • Adding Value

    September 2016

    We are often asked by clients “What is it you do for us when buying and selling property” or “can you explain the process”. Our preference is to become involved in your transaction from the moment you first think about buying or selling or both ...

  • Family Property Arrangements - Part 3

    September 2016

    Siblings and Other Relatives Purchasing Property Together In our Autumn 2016 and Winter 2016 editions, we discussed some of the issues that arise in circumstances where parents lend money to their adult children to assist them with the purchase of a ...


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