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Landlord claws back Airbnb profits and more

Landlord claws back Airbnb profits and more

Recently, the Tenancy Tribunal ruled that landlords can claim for the profits that a tenant makes in illegally subleasing their rental premises, especially for the purposes of an Airbnb rental. In this case, the landlord discovered that his apartment had been rented out 46 times over a six month period on Airbnb for approximately $249 per night.

By Pierce Bedogni - 25 May 2018

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Broken promises in deceased estates

Broken promises in deceased estates

In their advancing years, many people come to rely on the support, services and affection of others. Often this support is not from family members. In such instances many people make or imply promises that they will look after the service provider in their will. The promises are more often than not made to secure the benefits supplied, but can be made simply as a reward or 'gesture of gratitude' for the services supplied.

By Andrew Steele - 18 May 2018

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Employment Court rules on payment for extra hours

Employment Court rules on payment for extra hours

When does work start and finish? It seems like an obvious question but it can be a bit more complicated than you might first think. For instance, should employees be paid for "pre work" activities like meetings or changing into protective work gear? What about after work training?

By Claire Mansell - 15 May 2018

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What can you do about nuisance trees?

What can you do about nuisance trees?

The storm in Auckland on 10 April caught many people unaware. Trees caused carnage in many neighbourhoods - cutting power lines, falling on parked cars and destroying homes. In fact, many people are now looking at leafy inner city suburbs with fresh eyes. Could we have been growing our own 'weapons of mass destruction' all these years?

By Kiren Narayanan - 9 May 2018

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Asbestos and home renovation: what you need to know

Asbestos and home renovation: what you need to know

A negligent approach to removing asbestos not only puts you at risk, but also those around you. WorkSafe has identified asbestos as the single biggest cause of death from work-related disease. On average about 170 people die in New Zealand every year from asbestos-related diseases. In April 2016 a two-tiered licensing system was introduced with new regulations to govern the identification, management and safe removal and disposal of asbestos. The transitional period ended on 4 April this year. If you are planning to get work done (that is more than minor or routine maintenance work) on a building built prior to 2000, you must assume that asbestos will be present and be prepared for significant compliance costs.

By Meika McHardy - 26 Apr 2018

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What building contract should you use?

What building contract should you use?

Whether you are a builder or a property owner, when you embark on a building project it is critical that you use a sophisticated written building contract that covers all the bases. The days of doing building projects on a handshake are, unfortunately, long gone.

By Geoff Hardy - 20 Apr 2018

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The importance of keeping proper accounting records

It is common practice for directors to operate a company without paying adequate attention to keeping proper accounting records. But did you know directors of those companies could be held personally liable?

By Alden Ho - 13 Apr 2018

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Silver Splitters: starting again after divorce

Silver Splitters: starting again after divorce

The number of people divorcing aged 50+ is on the increase. These couples are sometimes referred to as 'Silver Splitters'. Life really can begin again at this age, where you meet someone new and settle down once again. Life may be wonderful during the honeymoon period and the thought that another relationship might fail often never enters your mind. Discussions around money and assets can be seen as unromantic and even offensive!

By Surendra Bennett - 5 Apr 2018

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Are office romances dead?

Are office romances dead?

In light of the recent sexual harassment scandals coming out of Hollywood (and closer to home), many people are wondering whether old fashioned office romances are a thing of the past. Given that one in five people meet their partner at work, this could be bad news for singletons.

By Claire Mansell - 3 Apr 2018 - 2 comments

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Increase in approved charge out rates for liquidators

Increase in approved charge out rates for liquidators

In a recent decision, the High Court has confirmed that liquidators can successfully apply for an increase in their hourly rates from rates that were approved by the Court at the commencement of the liquidation. In this instance, the original rates were in a range between $110 to $450 (plus GST). The Court approved future rates that could be between $140 and $550 (plus GST).

By Tony Johnson - 22 Mar 2018

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