This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Unit Titles Bill. In particular—
it amends clause 5 to substitute a new definition of unit plan. The new definition is intended to reflect the fact that a unit plan is deposited under the Land Transfer Act 1952 in accordance with this Bill.
it amends clause 7B (which relates to the relationship of the Bill with the Public Works Act 1981). Subclause (3) which restricted the ability of a unit owner to reach an agreement for the acquisition of land with an authority undertaking public work is omitted. Subclause (5) is amended to provide that if the body corporate requests it, the authority undertaking the public work must prepare any new unit plan or amendment to a unit plan that is required.
it amends clause 27 to provide that, in respect of certificates issued under section 224(c) of the Resource Management Act 1991, staged unit title subdivisions are treated the same as any other subdivision.
it amends clauses 27A, 46, and 47A and inserts new clause 54A to clarify the applicable requirements for substituting new unit plans in staged unit title developments.
it amends clauses 27A, 55, and 57 to clarify the application of general requirements in subpart 3A of Part 2 when substituting proposed unit development plans and doing redevelopments.
it amends clause 47A (which relates to the registration of additions to common property) to set out the basis on which the beneficial interest in the additional common property is held by each unit owner.
it makes additional amendments to provide for the counting of votes if a poll is requested in relation to either an ordinary resolution or a special resolution ((clause 87(2A) and (3)).
it amends clause 91A(1)(a) to clarify that this provision (which relates to amendments, revocations, and additions to body corporate operational rules) applies to future development units as well as principal units.
it amends clause 140 (which relates to turn-over disclosure by an original owner to a body corporate). The amendment provides that the statement setting out any interest that the original owner has in any contract or arrangement made by the body corporate up to the time of disclosure must also set out any such interest that an associate of the original owner has.
it amends clause 160 (which relates to application to the Registrar-General of Land to cancel a unit plan) New subclause (4A) (replacing subclause (3))—
makes further provision for the service of documents on persons who have a right to object to the resolution to cancel the unit plan; and
provides that if the unit title development is a stratum estate in leasehold, the lessor of the base land must be served with a copy of the resolution and draft application for cancellation.
it amends clause 160(5) to add to the matters required to be contained in the certificate given by the body corporate to the Registrar-General of Land when applying for the cancellation of the unit plan. A new requirement applies if an objection to the proposed cancellation was made under clause 193 but the High Court confirmed the resolution. The body corporate must certify to the Registrar that any appeal rights the objector has have been exhausted (see new clause 160(5)(ab)).
it omits the requirement in clause 160(5)(c) for the body corporate to certify that no unit is subject to any registered caveat, mortgage, charge, lease, or sublease. It is possible that, at the point at which the application to cancel is made by the body corporate, there may still be registered interests in existence. The provisions about the consequences of cancellation now provide (see new clause 164A) for the extinguishment of any remaining registered interests, caveats, and notices of claim entered on the register.
it inserts new clause 164A specifically dealing with registered interests, caveats and notices of claim entered on the register at the time when a unit plan is cancelled. Under the Bill the express consent of these interest holders to the cancellation is not required, but the objection process in clauses 192 to 195 of the Bill is available to them. The new clause 164A applies where a complete certificate as required by clauses 160(5) and 195 has been provided by the body corporate to the Registrar-General of Land. That certificate states the results of the objection process and also that any rights of appeal an objector had have been exhausted (see new clause 160(5)(ab)). If the objection process is completed then, on cancellation, these interests are extinguished.
it amends clause 169(3) to make it clear that in an application to the High Court under clause 168 for the cancellation of a unit plan, one of the directions the Court could make when authorising the cancellation is a direction regarding a registered interest or caveat or notice of claim.
it makes several amendments to clause 193—
subclause (1) is amended to require notice of an objection to be given to persons who have a registered interest or have a caveat or notice of claim entered on the register over a unit. This has the effect of giving those persons a right to lodge an objection to the resolution:
new subclause (4) clarifies the application of this right in relation to easements and covenants:
new subclause (5) provides for the situation where an objector has made other applications for relief under the Bill. Any such applications must be withdrawn before a notice of objection is given:
new subclause (6) clarifies when a mortgagee or person with a registered interest is deemed to consent to a resolution.
This Supplementary Order Paper also makes some consequential amendments and includes a number of minor and technical drafting changes.