The next meeting of BCCG will be held on Tues, 3 December 2013 at the CQ Hotel, 213 Cuba St, Wellington, starting at 6:15pm Read More
Amendments have been made to what is now known as the Unit Titles Amendment Bill. This started out as part of the Statutes Amendment Bill that was introduced on 27 November 2012 by Hon Chester Borrows. This was subsequently separated into 35 Bills by the select committee due to the relatively large number of amendments. Given the number of changes affecting the Unit Titles Act 2010, these changes became an Amendment Bill in their own right.
The Minister’s announcement of the changes is as follows:
21 November, 2013
Law clarified for unit titles and bodies corporate
A bill clarifying and simplifying parts of the law around unit title owners and bodies corporate passed its third reading in Parliament today.
“The Unit Titles Amendment Bill makes a number of amendments to the Act that will benefit prospective buyers, unit owners and bodies corporate. While it affects about 100,000 people today, the growth of apartment living and other higher density housing and mixed housing developments means it is likely to cover half a million people within 50 years,” Dr Smith says.
“The Act strengthens the Tenancy Tribunal’s ability to make orders to address unit title disputes and enables it to recover unpaid levies for body corporates. These changes ensure swifter and more effective dispute resolution processes.
“The Act also reduces costs for prospective buyers accessing body corporate documents as part of the sale and purchase process. It will enable buyers to select only those documents they require rather than receiving a stack of standardised documents that just adds cost.”
The bill was previously part of the Statutes Amendment Bill but was separated out as a stand-alone bill on recommendation of the Government Administration Committee.
‘’As more and more people move to inner city apartment living, it’s important to ensure they have certainty about their rights and obligations,” Dr Smith says.
Resources are provided after most BCCG meetings.
As a minimum, this will include notes covering the major points covered in the meeting. In other situations, speakers’ presentations and other resources will be made available to financial members.
Longer term, these resources will be available on this page. In the meantime they will be emailed to all financial members after each meeting. Note that non-financial members will not receive these resources.
October 2013 - EQ-prone buildings + WCC Heritage Incentive Fund (in conjunction with Inner City Association)
September 2013 – Quality management & AGM
June 2013 – EQ Technical Experts Panel (in conjunction with WCC and ICA)
May 2013 – Long term maintenance plans
April 2013 – Wellington Rocks – Earthquake Building safety expo organised by WCC
February 2013 – Earthquake-prone buildings (MBIE/WCC meeting to discuss the Government’s proposed changes to how New Zealand deals with earthquake-prone buildings)
November 2012 – Body corporate insurance
June 2012 – Responsibilities of BC Chairs & AGM
April 2012 – Earthquake strengthening and insurance