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16 Mar 2020

First home buyer scheme changes

​In the Winter 2019 edition of Property Speaking, we outlined schemes available to help first home buyers. Following the government’s announcement on 4 September 2019 of changes to the schemes, some schemes have been re-named. Read more ›
06 Mar 2020

Buyers must take care when cancelling an agreement

The proposed purchaser of a Dunedin property is at least $150,000 out of pocket after improperly cancelling his agreement. The outcome in the recent court case Strack v Grey warns buyers to take a diligent approach to conditions in an agreement for sale and purchase of property. Read more ›
28 Feb 2020

Frequent buying and selling of property tax rules under review

​If you frequently buy and sell property, you may want to keep a close eye on Inland Revenue’s review of some property tax rules that was announced in September 2019. One area being targeted is the use of the ‘main home exemption’. Read more ›
21 Feb 2020

Unfair contract terms

The High Court has declared a contract term ‘unfair’ for the first time since the 2015 amendments to the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) that make unfair contract terms unenforceable. Read more ›
14 Feb 2020

Businesses should be cautious when sending commercial electronic messages

The High Court recently imposed a $36,000 fine against the New Zealand Trustees Association for sending 24,000 unsolicited commercial electronic messages. Read more ›
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