Your Questions Answered

How is construction progressing?

Construction is well underway with the top floor of the tower now in place and the mews structures currently being built.

What is the estimated completion date?

Completion is still on track for Quarter 3, 2019.

What are the construction materials?

The primary materials are concrete, steel, and glass, contemporary materials chosen for their permanence as well as aesthetic appeal.

Is my deposit safe?

Yes, your deposit will be held in the Development Solicitor’s Trust Account securely and independent of the Development. Net interest accrued during the construction phase will be credited to yourself and deducted off your purchase price on completion.

What am I purchasing?

You are purchasing an apartment, legally described as a Stratum Estate in Freehold and comprising the apartment and any applicable car parks and storage lockers.

How many apartments are there in total?

There will be only 42 apartments in total.

Are the apartments freehold?

Yes (Stratum Estate).

Is there a Body Corporate?

Yes, a body corporate will be set up to manage the Development initially by the Developer. This will typically be for a term of 1-2 years after which the ongoing appointment of the Body Corporate Manager will be undertaken by the Body Corporate Committee. Please request a copy of the “Introducing Strata” guidebook from the real estate agents which is an easy to follow guide on Body Corporates.

Who sits on the Body Corporate Committee and can I become a member?

The Body Corporate Committee is made up of apartment owners. Typically owners will be invited to put their name forward and all owners vote a committee in. You can choose to be as active or passive as you like in your Body Corporate.

Will there be an on-site manager?

The Body Corporate will employ a visiting building manager who will come on site to manage the building operations and maintenance activities; including cleaning of common areas, rubbish collection, gardening, as well as general maintenance and other items as required.

Will there be car parking for residents?

There are two basement levels of car parking provided and most apartments at Outlook come with at least one car parking space.

What happens to rubbish and recycling?

There is a rubbish and recycling bin area provided in the basement for residents to dispose of their household waste. The bins are collected regularly by a private contractor to make sure the basement is kept clean and tidy.

How secure will my apartment be?

All entry points to Outlook are controlled by electronic swipe card access. Audio/visual links are provided to allow visitor entry.

Can I make changes to my plan design?

Because the building design is advanced, it will not be possible to make changes to the layout of the apartments. You may choose from two different colour palettes and there are appliance upgrade options available at a pre-agreed price.

What building warranties will be in place?

There are various Developer and building warranties that are for the benefit of Purchasers or in some cases for the Body Corporate on behalf of all owners. Some are provided by the Developer, others are provided by the builder or suppliers of materials and products for the construction and fit-out of the buildings.

  • Purchasers will receive warranties on appliances and fit-out materials used in the construction of the apartments as provided by suppliers.
  • Some building materials and works (e.g. electrical and plumbing) are warranted by the suppliers as part of their producer statements.
  • As well as specific warranties, there are implied warranties into the Agreement for Sale & Purchase under the Building Act 2004. The Building Act implied warranties are for 10 years and cover almost all aspects of building work in compliance with the Building Code.

Will the building be watertight?

Outlook has been designed by a team with a great track record and will comply fully with the weather tightness and durability requirements of the New Zealand Building Code at the time.

Will my apartment be quiet?

Outlook will be built to meet or exceed the then applicable New Zealand Building Code requirements. Double glazed glass and comprehensive sound insulation will be a standard inclusion.

Am I allowed to keep pets in my apartment?

Outlook is pet-friendly and the rules for pets are set out in the draft Body Corporate rules. Approval of pets will be at the discretion of the Body Corporate Committee.

We have seen in the media examples of developers increasing prices to meet rising building costs, how can we be sure this will not happen at Outlook?

The Agreement for Sale & Purchase does not permit the Developer to ask for a price increase, the price you sign up at is the price you will pay.

Do I pay Council Rates separate to my Body Corporate Fees?

Yes, every property owner in New Zealand pays an annual amount to their City Council, this goes towards maintenance of streets, parks, and the safety of the city. The cost is calculated from a valuation of your property, known as the Capital Value (CV) or Rateable Value (RV). This assessment will not be undertaken by the Council until after your apartment is completed. You can find more information on the Auckland City Council website, including rates estimates for similarly valued properties.

What internet and media connections are supplied to my apartment?

All apartments will be provided with high-speed fibre internet and digital TV connections.

How will the shared garden areas be maintained?

The Body Corporate will be tasked with employing a gardening maintenance service to keep all shared garden areas to an appropriate standard. All residents contribute towards the Body Corporate fees.