Homeowners barred from renting or selling to "persons with brown skin", a battle over a deck at a $2 million home, neighbours extorting money from each other and the disputed demolition of a Hillsborough house - cross-lease properties can generate some unwelcome surprises.

Those are just some of the issues which have come to light in disputes about cross-lease titles, of which there are an estimated 100,000 in Auckland and about 216,000 nationally.

Since the Herald published Cross-lease properties can be 'ticking time bombs', warns top lawyer, property owners have spoken out.

They all complain about restrictions