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Private Development Agreements

Wanting to develop but there doesn’t seem to be infrastructure available? A development agreement is a useful tool to assist in timeframes and obligations between development and the local authority.
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Rent Abatement – Levelling the playing field

Changes to the Property Law Act mean that tenants may now be able to claim a rent abatement even when the lease agreement does not provide for this. In this article Laura Fischer sets out the changes and what it means for landlords and tenants.
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Land covenants that last – a brief review of recent attempts to modify land covenants

Recently the media has given some attention to circumstances where an owner of property has (or would have but for a settlement reached) been able to modify a land covenant using the provisions of s317(1) of the Property Law Act 2007 (PLA). In most instances, if you have a land covenant registered against the title to your property, it is there forever and cannot be modified or extinguished. This article looks at recent cases attempting to modify land covenants.
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Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure

Do your homework before purchasing – that is the message which has been reinforced in a recent case which came before the High Court. In Shabor Ltd v Graham, the purchaser of a large farm in the Waikato sued the vendor for misrepresentation under the Fair Trading Act after the purchaser discovered that the farm did not hold the stock numbers advertised in the marketing material.
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Key steps for a unit title subdivision

Unit titles are becoming more popular and more complex as we see limited greenfield space available for housing, and limited funding for greenfields infrastructure, making infill an easier and more efficient land use option. This article looks at the basics of forming a unit title development from a fee simple section.
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