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Gold Coast Light Rail

As the population and the needs of the general community change over time, governments require additional land for the development of infrastructure. This may include construction or widening of roads, installation of sewerage and drainage works, and construction of rail projects amongst other needs. In many circumstances, governments will require a part (or the whole) of a property which is owned by private individuals/companies in order for the infrastructure to be developed for the community. Governments are entitled to acquire land owned by another pursuant to a process commonly known as compulsory acquisition. Compensation will be paid to the landowner… Continue Reading

Safe kids in pool

Since pool safety standards were introduced in Queensland in 2009:       owners of properties with newly constructed pools;       owners of properties with shared pools; and       owners seeking to sell or lease a property with a pool, were all required to hold a pool safety certificate confirming their pool complies with the new pool safety standards. An exemption did apply however, in that owners selling their properties could pass the burden of compliance onto the new owners, by issuing a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate at the time of sale. As of 30 November 2015, application of the pool… Continue Reading

A Legal Advice Certificate

I’m leasing a new retail premises and the landlord has asked for a Legal Advice Report. Do I need to provide one? A Legal Advice Report is a certificate confirming that a tenant under a retail lease has received independent legal advice as to the content of the lease. It is mandated to be provided under the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994. In conjunction with a Financial Advice Report and a Lessee Disclosure Statement, it is a document that a tenant entering into a lease, or seeking an assignment of a lease as part of a business purchase is obliged… Continue Reading

Buying A Property

Purchasing a home or an investment property on the Gold Coast (or anywhere for that matter) can be both an exhilarating and stressful experience for the parties involved. Our Property Lawyers have put together this list of helpful tips to consider before you sign on the dotted line which will hopefully save you from the stresses involved with buying a property: Before you sign a contract, make sure the purchasing entity is correctly described. Talk to your banker or accountant before you sign a contract to make sure the purchasing entity is correctly described. In particular, if you’re obtaining finance,… Continue Reading

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