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Old 22nd May 2013, 13:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Fines for Tapu

We had a similar worry about a Tapu with no photos on it and asked the Tapu manager. He said that it was not a requirement as all of the information needed to prove ownership was on their computer / files. But some people liked to have a photo on them and if they want they can!

The process is similar in principle to UK when you're getting a house built. Briefly:
  • You start with a Tapu for a piece of land.
  • You get planning permission for a house.
  • You build the house.
  • The council comes round to check that what you've built conforms with what you got permission for.
  • They check that all required services have been connected and then they give you permission to live in it.
  • You update your tapu to include the house on it.
Many people over many years didn't bother with the last item, to save money. About three years ago the government tried to force everyone to comply by putting an end date on getting it done, with a fine for those who didn't.
Then they backtracked.
The bit I don't know is what the current position is! But we decided to do it anyway about two years ago as the surveyors' fees and other charges wasn't so bad then, and it wouldn't become an issue when we come to sell.
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