Attention Property Lawyers – Joint and Several Liability Imposed on Agents by New Legislation

The Neighbourhood Disputes About Plants Act 2017 commences this Friday, 1 December 2017.  Practitioners need to consider section 16 and in particular section 17 (consequences of failure to give purchaser copy of application or order before entry into contract) and any changes you may need to make to your client engagement letter and your firm’s best practice checklists.   In the original draft of the Bill clause 17 constituted a strict liability clause which was objected to by the Law Society.
After further discussions the Society was successful in limiting the circumstances in which liability might arise.

Circular to the profession from The Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.