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Airbnb On The Gold Coast: The Home-Based Business Exception

An increasing number of Gold Coast locals using sharing-economy accommodation giant Airbnb have approached ABKJ Lawyers with concerns regarding their liability under Gold Coast local law. Many of them have approached us following receipt of a Show Cause Notice from the Gold Coast City Council – a document which, in most circumstances – effectively requires them to immediately cease their Airbnb operation or face severe financial penalties (on the basis that the correct planning approvals have not been obtained).
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Airbnb & The Law On The Gold Coast

Launched in 2008, San Francisco-based hospitality marketplace Airbnb is presenting uniquely modern hurdles for regulatory systems ill-prepared for sharing economy services. The website, which allows lot owners to rent out their spaces; whether a whole apartment in Surfers Paradise, a treehouse in the Currumbin Valley, or a bedroom in Robina, has proven to be a popular alternative to traditional models of accommodation. Continue reading Airbnb & The Law On The Gold Coast

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Are Lawyers the new Tax Collectors? – Changes to Conveyancing

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.

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“Get Off My Water!”

With over 400 kilometres of constructed canal frontage on the Gold Coast, and an ever increasing number of recreational water users, the potential exists for conflict between property owners and people using the adjacent water ways.

Any waterfront property owners or regular water users reading this could probably relate a relevant story. The writer has personally observed an upset waterfront property owner throwing rocks at a kayak fisherman, fishing in the adjacent canal, encouraging him in an enthusiastic fashion to “get off his water”. Continue reading “Get Off My Water!”

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