Bramwell Bate News

Important Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act for Landlords and Tenants

3 March 2021 Whether you are a landlord or tenant, it is essential to understand your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act. The Act is in the process of being updated and a number of important changes took effect on 11 February 2021: Rent can only be increased once every 12 months. Previously rent increases could occur every six months (this change took effect earlier, on 12 August 2020).  Landlords must have genuine reasons to end a tenancy, even if...

Virtually witnessed documents, are they valid?

The main purpose of having a witness to a document is to authenticate that the person signing was in fact the person noted on the document. The implementation of electronic signatures was already common practice and with the advancement of technology, was always likely to increase in use. In New Zealand, however, law requires that for an electronic signature to be legitimate, it must comply with the following: The document must identify the signatory. The electronic signature is as reliable as...

Bramwell Bate and the Peak Trailblazer

Last Sunday around 700 competitors of all ages (including a number of Bramwell Bate team members, their partners, and children) took part in the 11th Peak Trailblazer, where contestants run or walk up Te Mata Peak (12.8kms) or undertake the gentler Tainui Trail (3.5 kms). The annual, 100% fundraising event, this year helped out two community groups (Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Te Oranga Pumanawa) and Havelock North Primary. Bramwell Bate was a proud Gold sponsor of the event, as they...