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  • Whose Roof?

    5 June 2019

    The question of liability for repairs and maintenance in a unit title development is a pressing matter for all bodies corporate and unit owners. Each wants (and needs) to know who is responsible for repairing and maintaining what – who has to pay for it and in what shares.Recent case law has emphasised the importance of collective responsibility and body corporate responsibility for weathertightness and building-wide systems (Body Corporate S73368 v Otway [2018] NZCA 612 and Body Corporate 199380 v ...

  • Body Corporate Business Update April 2019

    16 April 2019

    The Importance of ProofIs the owner at fault? If so, can you prove it? A body corporate’s power to recover costs from an at-fault owner is tied to its ability to prove the owner was at fault.Section 127 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (UTA) relates to the recovery of money expended where a person is at fault. It applies where a body corporate does repairs, work, or any other act (work) that it is required or authorised to do ...

  • Updates in Employment Law – Recent Changes to Employers’ Obligations

    10 April 2019

    Minimum Wage:As from 1 April 2019, the minimum wage has been increased to $17.70 per hour (with the starting out or training rate increased to $14.16). Employers are required to advise any affected employees and record the change in writing. This can be done by drafting a Variation Letter for the employee to sign. A copy of the signed Variation Letter should be retained for the employer’s record, which will then be available in the event of an audit by ...

  • Tree Problem Got You Stumped?

    10 April 2019

    The law allows you to cut back any branches or roots from neighbours’ trees that are encroaching on your property. You can cut them back as far as the neighbour’s boundary. If the encroaching parts of the tree are causing any damage, you can remove the branches or roots and go to the Disputes Tribunal or District Court to claim the cost of doing the work and repairing the damage caused to your property.If your neighbours’ trees are dangerous or ...

  • Eight Pre-nuptial Myths

    10 April 2019

    There are eight things you probably didn’t know about pre-nuptials They’re only for people who are about to get married – What is commonly called and understood as “a pre-nup agreement” is for married couples, civil unions, and couples who live together in a de facto relationship; not just people about to get married. The correct name is a “contracting out agreement”, because it allows couples to “contract out” of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”).  The Act governs how ...

  • Planning and Unit Titles: Intensification in Auckland

    10 April 2019

    There is a close relationship between planning or resource management and unit titles law. The overlap between the two areas of law is, however, limited, and this may affect intensification in Auckland.In New Zealand, district plans made under the Resource Management Act 1991 define where and how unit title developments should be constructed. Unit titles law deals with matters of ownership and relationships between owners in completed developments.The primary planning framework for Auckland is the Auckland Unitary Plan: Operative in ...