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35 Commercial Property and Leasing Articles

New fire levies: A hot topic!

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 (the Act), which came into force earlier this year, has the potential to have significant financial implications for commercial property owners, and their tenants.

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Exciting developments ahead for central Christchurch

If you have been keeping up to date with central Christchurch developments, then you may already be aware of Regenerate Christchurch and its plans to develop a regeneration strategy for the central city area.

Regenerate Christchurch was established in 2016 to lead the regeneration of Christchurch. The organisation is made ...

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Danger Lurking Underground - buying land with contamination issues

Much of the land in New Zealand has been used for more than one purpose. Previous uses can have unanticipated consequences for prospective owners. For example:
• Sites of early dry cleaning operations which used various chemicals, have now become the sites of central city office buildings.
• Rural land may now ...

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Common issues in Commercial Property Transactions

Typically most transactions go smoothly as both parties have a mutual goal of the sale and purchase of the property and work together to get it achieved. Often, however, issues arise during the transaction that neither party expected.

This article is the first of a series that examines various case ...

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New legislation requires owners to strengthen their quake-prone buildings

The issue of earthquake-prone buildings remains a hot topic. You may have seen recent reports in the media including:

“Wellington considers new earthquake laws that could cost homeowners thousands” – www.stuff.co.nz, 21 January 2017

“Earthquake-prone Hurunui and Marlborough buildings could have just one year to reach building code ...

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Review of the Unit Titles Act 2010

Triggered by a report from property professionals, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) have announced a review of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (Act). It is a timely review of the Act especially as the number of unit title complexes are increasing.
The objective of the review is to ...

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Meetings of the Body Corporate

A Body Corporate holds meetings to discuss and make decisions about matters affecting the unit title, but what are the requirements of such meetings and how can a Body Corporate ensure they fulfil these obligations.

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