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ADLS/SCA (NZ) Unit Titles/Bodies Corporate Half-Day Conference 2018

With input from property lawyers, property managers and other professionals, this event covers a range of relevant topics.


The Flawed Concept of Utility Interests and their Re-assessments

Utility interests are a fundamental aspect of unit title developments. The rules surrounding them and their reassessment can sometimes be complicated and lead to disputes. This session, presented by a property lawyer and valuer will look at the way utility interests are dealt with under the Unit Titles Act 2010 and provide insights into how reassessments may best be dealt with.

Tim Jones, Barrister 
Trevor Walker, Registered Valuer, Director, Telfer Young

Purchasing Unit Title Properties:
Avoiding the Pitfalls

Buying unit title properties, whether in existing developments or off the plans, requires due diligence and a clear understanding of the main issues that arise in these transactions.  This presentation will examine potential traps for purchasers as well as the obligations on vendors when selling

Jeanne Heatlie, Partner, Rainey Law
Doug Wilson, Senior Body Corporate Manager, Strata Title Administration

Putting the Spotlight on Air BnB and Short-term Accommodation

The use of units for short-term accommodation, such as Air BnB, is here to stay. Bodies Corporate and unit owners need to understand their rights and obligations, as well as the implications of this use on the complex. The presenters will explore this issue from a planning and legal perspective and impart their knowledge to assist you and your clients.

Liza Fry-Irvine, Partner, Pidgeon Law
Hamish Firth, Principal, Mount Hobson Group 

Fighting Fires: Problems and Possible Solutions

Following on from tragedies overseas, a focus on fire defects in the context of unit titles in New Zealand’s seems appropriate. This session, presented by a lawyer and an architect, will consider some of the issues relating to fire defects that are commonly found in local developments and look at the ways in which these may be dealt with. 

Scott Cracknell, Principal, Context Architects
Paul Grimshaw, Partner, Grimshaw and Co

Covenants and Encumbrances in the Context
of Unit Titles and Bodies Corporate

As a result of court decisions and the Unit Titles Act 2010, rules are no longer used as a way of dealing with such matters as entrenching, letting, management and redevelopment rights. Developers now look to covenants and other encumbrances to deal with these matters as well as compelling owners to join incorporated societies. This session will focus on the use of covenants and encumbrances in the context of unit titles and Bodies Corporate.

Joanna Pidgeon, Partner, Pidgeon Law 
Chris Newman, General Manager, Auckland Body Corporate 

Recent Cases: A Review

This session will consider a number of recent decisions relating to Bodies Corporate and unit titles and provide analysis and insights into them.  We continue to see important issues emerging, including around maintenance and the reconciliation of ss 126 and 138; schemes under s 74; the nature of a body corporate, and how it makes decisions; specific statutory points such as s 206; and ongoing difficulties with particular buildings.  Relevant case law includes Body Corporate 199380 v Cook [2018] NZHC 1244, Manchester Securities Ltd v Body Corporate 172108 [2018] NZSC 19, the Yee Good Fortune and Bridgewater line of cases,  Body Corporate S73368 v Otway (Wright) [2016] NZHC 1070, Maiden v Body Corporate 46112 [2018] NZHC 1219 and Young v Body Corporate 85659 [2018] NZHC 849.

Thomas Gibbons, Director, McCaw Lewis 

Benefit Assessments (The Dramas of s 126)

The decision in Body Corporate 199380 v Cook [2018] NZHC 1244 has potentially significant implications for a Body Corporate’s treatment of payment for repair and maintenance work. The High Court has departed from previous orthodoxy regarding the recovery of repair and maintenance costs, requiring Bodies Corporate and Committees to undertake a close assessment of the benefit of repairs. This session will look at what requirements are now imposed on Body Corporate decision-makers to determine what is fair between unit owners in each circumstance and will look at the legal and practical difficulties arising from this approach.

Clinton Baker, Partner, Price Baker Berridge 
Paula Beaton, Body Corporate Administration Ltd 

General Information

ADLS CPD On Demand provides convenience and flexibility in that it can be participated in at anytime, anywhere (provided that you have an internet connection) and on most devices.

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes. Each On Demand activity is available to be viewed within an extended period once purchased (at least three months from purchase date).

On Demand items comprises CPD-compliant recorded sessions. Each recording is accompanied by interactive questions and answers to consolidate your learning. Only the person(s) specified upon registration can claim the CPD hour(s) allocated to each On Demand activity. Lawyers are required to complete the interactive Q&A to receive confirmation of completion.

Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


ADLS Members $240.00
Non-members $300.00
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Prices exclude GST

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