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of areas of law, written by our legal experts.
Wednesday January 24, 2018
As a lawyer who studied Latin in High School, I am delighted to see the phrase ‘caveat emptor’ in the national news this month. Too often we see people choosing to purchase properties without checking things out properly or bothering to talk to a lawyer.
Given the purchase prices paid for real estate these days and the complexities of land titles and planning rules, this behaviour makes no sense. Saving yourself a few hundred, or a thousand dollars by not checking things properly, could cost you millions, as one Auckland property developer recently discovered.
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Building a new home is an exciting (and potentially expensive) project. So it’s important to check the land you intend to build on is suitable before you buy it.
Soil type and land contour can vary dramatically in the Bay of Plenty. The region was once home to many farms and orchards and not all sections are straight-forward to build on.
Wednesday May 13, 2015
The Inland Revenue is clamping down on property speculators and land traders.
Although, it is widely said that New Zealand does not have a capital gains tax, in certain circumstances capital gains on land transactions are in fact taxable.
There are five main categories of taxable land transactions. We’ve summarised the key things you need to know to take away the guesswork.
Thursday October 30, 2014
If you are planning to subdivide land, there are a number of complex and overlapping requirements you need to be aware of. Click the heading above to read more.
Thursday October 17, 2013
When a subdivision consent is issued and does not specify its duration, the Resource Management Act (the Act) says that the consent lapses 5 years after it commences unless it is given effect to.
Click the heading above to read more.