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P Labs: Make it a habit to ask

P Labs:  Make it a habit to ask

We regularly see horror stories splashed across the front pages of the dailies, "Home buyers warned: Test for P", "Methamphetamine crackdown: Drug labs in houses" etc etc. But how much is just hype and how concerned should we actually be?

By Kay Keam - 24 May 2013 - 1 comment

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Are the rules the rules?

Are the rules the rules?

Care needs to be taken when looking at body corporate rules.  The first step is working out what the rules are.

By Kay Keam - 17 May 2013

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Don't get burnt at auction

Don't get burnt at auction

In the red hot Auckland property market, many aspiring buyers have found themselves caught in an increasingly complex auction process. Auctions are currently the most common method of sale with two out of five properties being sold this way. Auctions are consistently brought forward from the advertised date and this can lead to confusion and tight timeframes.

By Kay Keam - 3 May 2013

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Global Networking

Global Networking

The Meritas 2013 Annual Meeting is taking place in Vancouver on 24-26 April and Melissa Clark will be attending.  The meeting promises an excellent line up of speakers and an opportunity to foster relationships with our international affiliates.

By Melissa Clark - 11 Apr 2013

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Mainzeal leaky building fallout

Mainzeal leaky building fallout

"Word on the street" is that Hobson Gardens' multi-million dollar "leaky home" claim against, amongst others, Mainzeal, the original builder of the complex, was settled on the basis that Mainzeal agreed to supply labour and materials for the repair of the building.  If this is true, then Mainzeal's promise will represent a multi-million dollar settlement.  Mainzeal's unexpected receivership must place its performance of any settlement promises in jeopardy.

By Andrew Steele - 8 Feb 2013

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Don't get caught out when terminating fixed term tenancies

Don't get caught out when terminating fixed term tenancies

Picture this: A tenant is subject to a fixed term tenancy. The term expires on 1 December. The tenant should be gone by 1 December right? Not so fast... This is where the plot thickens.

By Tara Hurley - 4 Dec 2012

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Martelli McKegg welcomes Lewis Grant to the team

Martelli McKegg welcomes Lewis Grant to the team

We're very pleased to announce that Lewis Grant has joined the Martelli McKegg partnership.  Lewis brings to the firm a wealth of experience in the trust and estate planning area.

By - 19 Nov 2012

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Attention landlords, investors and tenants - free property seminar

Attention landlords, investors and tenants - free property seminar

This month, in association with William Buck Christmas Gouwland Accountants, Martelli McKegg is holding a free seminar.  It will focus on the latest round of tax and property law changes to affect commercial and residential property investors, landlords and tenants.

By Kay Keam - 7 Nov 2012

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Fresh concerns for those contemplating a purchase of rural land

Fresh concerns for those contemplating a purchase of rural land

A recent Environment Court decision limiting effluent flow from farms has come hot on the heels of a Ministry of Environment report finding that the water quality at more than half the recreational swimming spots it monitors is poor or very poor. 

By Kay Keam - 1 Nov 2012

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Proposed Changes to Taxation of Lease Inducement Payments

Proposed Changes to Taxation of Lease Inducement Payments

In July this year Inland Revenue released a policy document setting out changes to the treatment of lease inducement payments.  Those changes were to have effect to inducements payable on leases entered into on or after 26 July 2012.  As a result of feedback and consultation, Inland Revenue announced changes to the initial proposal last week.

By Kay Keam - 2 Oct 2012

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