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Your legal obligations as an Airbnb host

As a follow up to our article about the tax implications for renting your accommodation as a holiday home, we’re taking a look at your legal obligations to your lender,...

Why you should talk to a lawyer before you buy property

Buying a house is a stressful process in itself, but if you’re competing for a purchase in a seller’s market, which has been the case for some time, the pressure...

Do you really want to be a trustee for life?

All trustees have tasks and duties that have to be performed on a regular basis, even in small family trusts.

What you need to do to retire as a trustee

If you’ve agreed to act as trustee for a friend, family member or another entity, you’ll be aware that signing up is a relatively easy process.

A practical approach to trusts

The Trusts Bill introduced on the 1st August this year updates the Trustee Act 1956 and reflects decisions made about trusts in common law.

Four more hazards to note...

In these briefs, we have four updates on topics which also present potential risks and hazards for the unwary: new health and safety legislation coming into effect, claims against rural...

Fire!

We live in a region that gets very dry in summer. Last year’s fire that spread through areas forested with pine trees was a good wake up call for people...

What happens to rural property when relationships break down?

More to the point: what happens if your property is held in a trust? Trusts are arguably a New Zealand institution for ensuring property is passed on to specific beneficiaries,...

Three tips to protect yourself from property related problems

Buying, selling and owning property is usually straightforward… until it isn’t. These property briefs look at three such scenarios: How to avoid buying a property with insurance problems, how to...

Rental properties: what happens when tenants don’t pay?

Rental properties are an excellent source of income if you need extra money, want to pay off your mortgage faster or save for your retirement… unless your tenant doesn’t pay...