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Owners Corporations – A Change is Coming

Owners Corporations – A Change is Coming

The Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendment Act 2021 (‘the Act’) was passed by the Victorian Parliament last month and introduces changes to the Owners Corporation Act 2006, Retirement Villages Act 1987 and certain provisions of the Subdivision Act 1998. These...

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What Is a Caveat?  Do I Need One?

What Is a Caveat? Do I Need One?

Caveats are used to protect your interest in property and acts as a statutory injunction to prevent certain dealings from being registered.  A caveat acts a warning to anyone dealing with the land that someone has a legal interest in that property. The party who has...

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How Does A Restrictive Covenant Affect Me?

How Does A Restrictive Covenant Affect Me?

If you are looking at purchasing a property, or looking to develop your own property, you may find that there is a covenant registered on Title. If this is the case, you need to understand what a covenant is and what affect is has on you, your land now and in the...

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What is an Owners Corporation?

What is an Owners Corporation?

If you are an owner of an apartment, a flat or a unit, you are likely a member of an owners corporation, previously known as a ‘body corporate’.  An owners corporation is like the communal management structure for a complex of dwellings (or commercial properties)....

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Victorian Government Announces Tax Reductions

Victorian Government Announces Tax Reductions

Last week the Victorian Government announced temporary stamp duty reductions and other financial incentives in an attempt to rebuild Victoria’s property market after a horror year for the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic and bushfires. Stamp Duty Victorians who...

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The Right To Cool Off

The Right To Cool Off

There are many important notices, warnings and conditions associated with Contracts for the Sale of Real Estate in Victoria designed to alert purchasers to the consequences of the decision they are making.  However, even after you have signed a contract, you may...

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Do You Need a Labour Hire Licence?

Do You Need a Labour Hire Licence?

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 came into operation on 29 October 2019. The legislation followed media publicity about questionable practices of some labour hire providers. The most publicised examples were fruit and vegetable pickers and process line workers in...

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Absentee Owner Surcharge

Absentee Owner Surcharge

It is almost the time of the year that if you are an absentee owner in 2019, you need to log onto the Absentee Owner Notification Portal between 2 January 2020 - 15 January 2020 to notify the State Revenue Office.   Absentee Owner Land Tax Surcharge was introduced by...

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Important Legislative Changes to Short-stay Accommodation

Important Legislative Changes to Short-stay Accommodation

From 1 February 2019, legislative reform has come into effect which significantly impacts the responsibilities of owners who provide short-term accommodation. The concept of short-term accommodation has proven extremely successful for both owners and guests, as it...

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PPSR – Audit and Amend Your Apparent Credit Risk Profile

PPSR – Audit and Amend Your Apparent Credit Risk Profile

The Personal Properties Securities Register (PPSR) established under the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) records security interests held by creditors over certain personal property of debtors. A consequence of registration of security interests...

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