Cross Lease to Free Simple Conversion

In March 2012, I published an article on cross lease to fee simple conversions.  At the time it was stated that Council’s expectation was that services had to be brought up to current Council standards.  This particularly applied to Auckland Council. Since publishing that post, there have been a consistent level of enquiries from owners …

Limited Titles

Background Some titles have the wording “Limited as to Parcels” appearing underneath the title heading. This does not mean that the title is defective. It does mean that the area and boundaries of the land are not guaranteed. It was not always a requirement that land had to be surveyed as part of the subdivision …

Background: Cross Lease and Fee Simple Titles

Cross leases were a popular form of “subdivision” going as far back as the late 1960’s. In the earlier cross leases there was often no distinction made between common areas and exclusive covenant areas. Drainage was generally combined and kerb discharge for stormwater was common practice. This cost effective form of service provision ensured the …

New Unit Titles Act

The new “Unit Titles Act 2010” has come into effect in June 2011 and this replaced the 1972 Act. The new Act has far wider and better governance structures for Bodies Corporate and further clarification of the definition of Unit boundaries. The Unit Titles Act governs building developments where multiple owners hold a type of …

Surveying in Earthquake Zone

Early this year I had to opportunity to use my expertise in helping Christchurch recover from there disastrous quakes. For 2 months (July – September) I worked on a range of jobs which included monitoring Christchurch’s Cashmere water reservoir for any major movement and asbuilt surveys of the entire Aranui suburb detailing all the water, …