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The Podcast Academy

Case Study: What Can Go Wrong With a Cross Lease ... And Why You Want to Convert Before You Need To | Ep. 338

In this episode, we are again joined by Amber Arkell from Good Title to talk about what can go wrong within a cross lease. 

Amber specifically touches on the fact that a Cross-lease conversion can take up to 8 months to complete, which is why you need to conduct a conversion before you actually need to. If you wait, it'll be too late

AUG, 2020

The Podcast Academy

Cross Leases – The "Poor-Mans Subdivision" – Everything Property Investors Need to Know | Ep. 337

In this episode, we are joined by Amber Arkell from Good Title to talk about the fundamentals of Cross-leases and what investors need to know about them.

Of particular interest, Amber references the Opportunity Knocks report, an article written by Dr. Michael Rehm showing the value discount on Cross Lease and Unit Title properties. This shows that for Auckland based cross lease properties, they are 7-18% cheaper than they would be had they been freehold. 

AUG, 2020


Here are some things to know before you buy that cross lease property

I can't tell you whether a cross lease property is right for you or not, but I strongly recommend engaging a lawyer before you make any decisions, especially to review the terms of the cross lease. Their first step should be to check that the property you are interested in matches the one marked on the flats plan. 

AUG 23, 2019


Cross about cross-lease: Battles from the property combat zone

Homeowners barred from renting or selling to "persons with brown skin", a battle over a deck at a $2 million home, neighbours extorting money from each other and the disputed demolition of a Hillsborough house -- these are just some of the issues which have come to light in disputes about cross-lease titles.

OCT 26, 2018

Alarm Clock

Cross-lease properties can be 'ticking time bombs', warns top lawyer

Thinking of adding a garage, deck or pergola to your cross-lease property or getting a dog?  Beware, a top lawyer says, warning owners of more than 100,000 Auckland properties that people sometimes overlook their legal obligations by making changes without neighbours' written consent or in breach of their cross leases.

SEPT 20, 2018


Neighbours at war over fences, blocked driveways and dog poo

A shared driveway in West Auckland has become a nightmare for Nina Khetan.  She said she was sick of her driveway being blocked by cards adn the neighbour's dog relieving itself on her lawn.  But what upset Khetan the most was her inability to landscape a strip of her land.

SEPT 20, 2018

home keys

Christchurch family's rebuild botched, can't sell land tied up in cross lease

Michelle and David McLean say an earthquake-damaged cross lease has ruined their life in Christchurch.  The McLeans have now left Christchurch but are still stuck with shares in an empty Edgeware plot.  "I would never have bought this place if I'd known all this," Michelle McLean said.

OCT 18, 2017

Inside Maze

Cross leases add an extra layer of complexity

Cross-leases are probably the most complicated form of property ownership in New Zealand and lots of people struggle to understand them. They can be so troublesome that the Law Commission has even recommended they are abolished.

OCT 13, 2017


How to get out of your cross lease before it becomes a 'living hell'

Thousands of New Zealanders could find themselves in a cross lease "living hell" – but it is possible to escape it. ...

The process of leaving a cross lease is costly, but the cost would likely be offset by a higher property value if it was subdivided into fee simple titles.

OCT 2, 2017