Government rent relief scheme – not quite ready to roll

The proposed scheme would provide a process to determine the level of rent relief available to small businesses and a mechanism to resolve lease disputes between landlord and tenant.… Read More

Work underway to strengthen the Fair Trading Act

The Government is amending the Fair Trading Act. The Fair Trading Amendment Bill will introduce new protections for businesses and consumers, primarily aimed at preventing unconscionable conduct in trade and unfair contract terms.… Read More

Getting commercial leases right: protect your premises and your cash flow

Recent developments have shown just how important having a comprehensive, well-drafted lease is when things go wrong.… Read More

To lease or to buy? What’s best for your business?

There are pros and cons to leasing and buying, so the answer will depend on your business and the stage it’s at.… Read More

Breach of easement – neighbours at war?

Many people will own properties that have the benefit of or are subject to an easement over a neighbouring property or their own.… Read More

Get registered or prepare to get burned

If you are in the business of supplying or providing goods (or property of any kind) either by way of lease, credit, consignment or under a retention of title clause then you need to ensure that your interest in these goods is registered on the Personal Property Securities Register as a security interest.… Read More

Not paying the rent?

It’s worthwhile knowing where you stand with your lease if you are a tenant who has not been keeping up with rent payments, or if you are a landlord and your tenant has not been paying the rent. … Read More

Have you been “interrupted”?

The recent Christchurch earthquakes have thrown the spotlight on insurance and many business owners have been caught short with inadequate business interruption insurance.… Read More

Death and the trustee

Many thousands of people are executors and/or trustees of their friend’s or family member’s will but what does this mean and what does it involve?… Read More