Govett Quilliam Blog

Govett Quilliam Blog

Innovating for the Future by Building on the Past
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Innovating for the Future by Building on the Past
Our upcoming move of premises in September is significant to us for many reasons. One of those is that it reflects our commitment to look to the future while also celebrating the past.
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In celebration of our people
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In celebration of our people
  A law firm is nothing without its people. And if we’re allowed a moment of pride as we approach our upcoming relocation in September, it will always be reserved for celebrating our incredible team.
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Healthy homes legislation
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Healthy homes legislation
  On 1 July 2019 the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 (Standards) come into force. The Standards set minimum requirements landlords need to meet for tenants in relation to heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage and draught stopping. In this article we seek to dispel some of the myths and 'fake news' around this legislation to give you the run-down on what you'll need to do to meet the requirements.
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What happens when you need to juggle buying and selling a home at the same time?
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What happens when you need to juggle buying and selling a home at the same time?
It's unlikely that the first home you buy will be your forever home. As your family grows or your salary increases you may find yourself wanting to upgrade your current home to one with more rooms, different features, or in new area of town. However, like many people, you may find yourself in the predicament of having to sell your current home in order to finance your next one. 
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We're On The Move!
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We're On The Move!
  In early September, we will shift from our current waterfront location (1 Dawson Street) to the exciting new building on the corner of Dawson and King Streets—close to the heart of the city.
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10 things to consider when buying a home with a friend
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10 things to consider when buying a home with a friend
  A co-ownership agreement might just save your friendship   With the average house prices rising, getting on the property ladder can be harder than ever - especially if you're single and don't have the benefit of two incomes to draw upon. Perhaps you have a decent deposit but your cash flow isn't the best, or maybe it's the reverse, you have great cash flow but it's going to take you a while to save enough for the 10-20% deposit most banks require to approve your mortgage.
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How much does a lawyer cost when buying your first home?
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How much does a lawyer cost when buying your first home?
Buying your first home can be a very daunting experience. Not only are the sums involved absolutely mind-blowing but buying a home has a few knock-on costs that need to be factored in. From building reports, LIM, lenders mortgage insurance, moving expenses and legal fees there are a bundle of hidden costs that only become visible when you begin the process. You may find that several thousand dollars of your budget is redirected to some of these ancillary costs.
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