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NZ’s Healthy Homes Standards: Cosy or Costly? The Consequences of Falling Short

NZ’s Healthy Homes Standards: Cosy or Costly? The Consequences of Falling Short

Failure to meet the requirements under the Healthy Homes Standards can be a timely-wake up call for any landlord, especially when the Tenancy Tribunal comes knocking

By Ella McLeod - 25 Jan 2024

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Increasing visibility by revenue authorities on New Zealand investments

Increasing visibility by revenue authorities on New Zealand investments

Non-resident investors are seeing signs of increased visibility by revenue authorities on their New Zealand investments. With no prior notice, income tax returns for non-residents now include a requirement for the foreign tax identification number (TIN) and jurisdiction of tax residency.  Needless to say, many taxpayers are querying why this has happened.

By Lee Harris - 15 Nov 2023

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Can I buy a property without an agreement for sale and purchase?

Can I buy a property without an agreement for sale and purchase?

Most people who have purchased properties are familiar with the standard forms of agreements for sale and purchase. Section 24 of the Property Law Act 2007 (Act) specifically says that to sell or purchase property, a contract must be in writing and signed. Long gone are the days of handshake agreements - or are they?

By Kiren Narayanan - 9 Nov 2023

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Recent Employment Relations Authority determination on how employers navigate workplace bullying complaints

Recent Employment Relations Authority determination on how employers navigate workplace bullying complaints

Mr Green raised bullying complaints about a fellow employee (A), which KiwiRail advised would be investigated. Mr Green was initially invited to attend a meeting with A at which he said he felt uncomfortable and pressured into shaking hands with A.

By Kathryn McKinney - 31 Oct 2023

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Defaulting Tenants - practical steps to take when reminders go unanswered

In the current climate we are seeing more of our landlord clients seeking advice on their options for dealing with defaulting tenants.  In the article below, Andrea White (a Senior Associate in our Property Team) and Parsha Grant (Senior Solicitor in our Litigation Team) discuss your best course of action when your usual reminder emails and phone calls have gone unanswered.

By Andrea White and Parsha Grant - 16 Oct 2023

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Martelli McKegg’s Cross-Border Legal Exchange: Strengthening Connections with the Meritas network

Martelli McKegg recently participated in a two week exchange programme organised by Meritas. The exchange programme is designed to provide lawyers the opportunity to work in a different country and firm and also builds on the connections in the Meritas network.

By Mike Worsnop - 20 Sep 2023

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New Hazards Insurance Law Set to Make a Splash

New Hazards Insurance Law Set to Make a Splash

2023 has been a watershed year for severe weather events - fortunately there is a change on the way that should help homeowners and building owners make an insurance claim. The infamous Earthquake Commission Act 1993 ( EQC Act) is facing an overhaul, now set to be replaced by the Natural Hazards Insurance Act which comes into effect from 1 July 2024.

By Darius Shahtahmasebi - 11 Sep 2023

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Can I be held personally liable for my company’s employment law breaches?

Can I be held personally liable for my company’s employment law breaches?

Don't be fooled - you may not always be able to rely on the protections of a limited liability company for employment law breaches. If you are the director of a company or a person who holds significant influence over the management or administration of a company (such as a person in senior leadership), you could be held personally liable in the following circumstances.

By Saleha Hamid-Drew - 24 Jul 2023

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Can a non-will still become a will? Validating invalidity

Can a non-will still become a will? Validating invalidity

Section 11 of the Wills Act 2007 (Wills Act) outlines the requirements for a document to be considered a valid will. Such document must be in writing, signed by the will-maker or by another person at the will-maker's direction, and witnessed by at least two independent witnesses. It is not uncommon for wills to fail to meet these requirements if they have been drawn up without the assistance of a lawyer or have not been properly executed prior to a person's death. It is not the end of the road however, if a person dies with an invalid will.

By Katie Kennedy - 28 Jun 2023

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Employment law update

Employment law update

The Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Act 2023 came into force on 13 June. This change allows an employee up to 12 months to raise a personal grievance for sexual harassment, instead of having to do so within 90 days. Employers are required to change employment agreements from that date.

By Kathryn McKinney - 15 Jun 2023

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