I am frequently asked to provide simple guidelines for a body corporate to safely tow a vehicle from common property. Unfortunately from the body corporate’s perspective, no such guidelines exist. In essence, each situation needs to be assessed on its own unique merits. Continue reading To Tow or Not To Tow
The latest Federal budget proposed a number of amendments to the capital gains tax regime. A particular focus of these changes are directed to addressing housing affordability in Australia while also seeking to improve compliance by foreign investors of their tax obligations. These amendments built upon regulations introduced in last year’s budget.
Changes Under The Retail Shop Leases Act
Are you fully aware of your disclosure obligations under the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994? Continue reading Assignment Of A Lease
What happens to your financial and health if you become incapacitated for any reason (such as a car crash or other accident)? Continue reading The Importance Of An Enduring Power Of Attorney
Have you lost track of old bank accounts, shares, superannuation or life insurance policies? Have you moved address and cannot recall whether you notified a company or firm who may be holding money on your behalf such as your lawyer, real estate agent or accountant? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may have unclaimed money. Continue reading Unclaimed Money – Do You Have Any?
When you purchase property with another person, your solicitor will ask you: Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common?
The purpose of this article is to explain the difference between these terms and how your decision can affect you in the future, particularly from an estate planning perspective. Continue reading Joint Tenants vs Tenants in Common
Are you a landlord or a tenant under a Retail Shop Lease? There have been some changes to the law that you need to be aware of.
After a comprehensive process beginning in 2011, the latest amendments to the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (“the Act”) have been passed into law. A short summary of the changes is as follows: Continue reading Retail Shop Lease Changes
From Saturday 12 November 2016, unfair contract term protections will extend to ‘small businesses’ under a new law. The new law established under the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 (Cth) aims to protect small businesses with contracts that contain unfair terms entered into or renewed on or after 12 November 2016, or terms of existing contracts that are varied on or after this date. Continue reading Protection From Unfair Contract Terms
On 12 October 2016, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the matter of the decision of Ainsworth & Ors v Albrecht & Ors (also known as the Viridian case).
This is a case with very significant implications in relation to how bodies corporate make decisions. Continue reading Viridian High Court Decision
The issue of footsteps on the ceiling (and noise generally) in strata titled buildings is a vexing issue for many committees and owners. Given the increased propensity towards high density living in our cities, this is an issue that isn’t going away. Continue reading Elephants on the Ceiling