tips when buying a tiny house
1. Research the directors and shareholders of the builders companies at www.companies.govt.nz and see if they have owned lots of companies before. (Potentially bad sign!)
2. Ask around and see if there are other people who have bought from the companies you are looking to buy from on some of the Tiny House Community Groups on facebook, and get some feedback. (Tiny House Buy/Sell NZ, NZ Tiny House Community)
3. Get a lawyer to check over the sale and purchase agreement, and see if they can make sure that the title passes over to you for each stage of payment.
4. A safe option is to buy a pre-made Tiny House, where you just pay and receive, and you can get a building inspection to make sure it's a sound investment before you hand over the $$.
5. DIY is a good option if you have the skills - this way is a good way to make sure you get what you pay for at every step of the build.
Recent events have been a major eye opener of the lack of protection for buyers. Hopefully with these tips, it will protect you from being left with nothing if a company goes under. Tiny Houses are a great way to get ahead, and are definitely an awesome solution to the housing crisis. However, unfortunately there are some people that are untrustworthy in this industry!
**Disclaimer, I am not qualified to give legal advice, this is purely my opinion based on my experiences.**