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18 Nov 16
Retail Leasing Update: Changes to the Retail Shop Leases Act
From 25 November 2016, amendments to the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Qld) will take effect. Below is a snapshot of the things you need to know.
8 Sep 16
New foreign investor surcharge in Queensland
From 1 October, there will be a new tax on foreign investment in residential land in Queensland. Following on from the introduction of a similar tax in Victoria in 2015, Queensland and New South Wales have now introduced their own version of the foreign investor surcharge.
10 Jun 16
Queensland government introduces new property tax for foreign investors
On 9 June 2016, Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced that the Queensland government will introduce a new 3% surcharge on stamp duty for foreign investors who purchase residential property in Queensland. The surcharge is likely to be introduced for all Queensland residential land acquisition contracts by foreign buyers signed on or after 1 July 2016.
12 Jan 16
NSW OLGR decision on 'lock out' laws
A recent decision by the NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing is a good reminder of the need to keep a strict eye on compliance, especially given the expense that often comes with defending an alleged offence.
29 Jul 15
NSW strata law reform - implications for developers
With the New South Wales state government going full steam ahead on its plans for strata law reform, McCullough Robertson’s Property team explain here in simple terms what these reforms will mean for developers.
23 Jun 15
Automatic vacation clauses in trusts can spell danger in distressed sales
Almost inevitably, trust deeds will contain a clause which automatically removes the trustee or requires the trustee to resign in certain events, particularly receivership or liquidation. Trust deeds must be reviewed to ensure the trustee is not automatically removed after appointment of a receiver, and if there is doubt, consider applying to the Court for a declaration approving the sale.
2 Jul 14
New Queensland property industry laws bring clarity and certainty
The introduction of the Property Occupations Act 2014 by the Queensland Government on 7 May has finally provided what the real estate industry has been lobbying for - industry specific legislation.
25 Nov 13
D-day for Council de-amalgamation is fast approaching
The changeover day for the newly de-amalgamating Douglas, Livingstone, Mareeba and Noosa Shire Councils is 1 January 2014. Developers should be aware of what this means for development applications (DAs) or appeals going forward.
26 Jul 13
New BCCM Form 14 (version 11) Information Statement
A new BCCM Form 14 (version 11) - Information Statement has been introduced for use in all new contracts for the sale of a community title scheme lot on and from 1 August 2013.
12 Jul 13
Gold Coast property owners beware
Owners of Gold Coast waterfront property have been hit with new Council requirements which will impact sales transactions. A new Gold Coast City Council Local Law about works in waterways gives buyers a right to terminate certain land contracts.
2 Aug 12
At last, public feedback sought for proposed reforms to NSW planning laws
On 14 July 2012, the NSW Minister for Planning, the Hon Brad Hazzard MP placed the long awaited Green Paper for the ‘New Planning System for NSW’ on public exhibition. The NSW Government is now seeking community and industry feedback on the Green Paper.
29 Mar 12
New obligations in Queensland for body corporate committees under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011
As of 1 January 2012, bodies corporate and their committee members in Queensland may have to take further steps to protect workers from health and safety risks under the new Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) (WHSA), with significant penalties for failing to do so. In this article, Partner Cameron Dean and Senior Associate Alex Power look at when the new obligations will apply, and what steps body corporate committees should take to avoid the risk of penalties under the new legislation.
19 Oct 11
Land Sales Act amendment - sunset date extension
Property experts Andrew Muir and Jodie Lonard are closely following progress of the proposed changes to the sunset clause legislation.
16 Jun 11
Queensland to deregulate real estate commissions
The State Government’s announcement on 15 June that real estate commissions will be deregulated will bring Queensland into line with other states and territories and may provide a boost to the industry.
15 Apr 11
Important changes to disclosure requirements for sellers of units
The Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Act 2011 amends disclosure requirements for sellers of units or other community title scheme lots and will apply to both contracts issued after the commencement date (14 April 2011) and also to contracts given to a proposed buyer but not yet signed by both parties.
2 Feb 11
Implications of recent flood disaster on contracts for the sale and purchase of real property
It is inevitable that many parties to uncompleted contracts - whether for residential, commercial or industrial property - will seek to ascertain their rights and obligations in the wake of the flood disaster. Our property, finance and planning experts outline some of the issues around termination of contracts and the compensation for flood related damage that may be available.