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The Pandemic Effect On Leases – A Lesson From The US

The Pandemic Effect On Leases – A Lesson From The US

A recent case in the US dealt with matters which are currently hot topics in Australia – namely the rights of tenants who are suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic. Valentino U.S.A., Inc. v. 693 Fifth Owner LLC - Background Italian fashion brand Valentino and its...

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Changes to Victorian Retail Leasing

Changes to Victorian Retail Leasing

Retail leasing is quite strictly regulated with statutory procedures, which are mostly for the tenant’s protection.  New legislation is now in place which makes a number of key changes to the retail leasing framework in Victoria.  Unsurprisingly, most of these changes...

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Unfair Contract Terms

Unfair Contract Terms

On 9 November 2020, the Federal Government announced changes to increase protections offered against unfair contract terms, making them illegal and punishable by civil penalties. When Do the Protections Operate? The legislation (known as the Australian Consumer Law)...

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Company Name or Business Name – What’s the Difference?

Company Name or Business Name – What’s the Difference?

If you intend to start your own business, there are many things that you need consider such as permits, staffing, strategy, suppliers.  One of the first things to decide should be what structure is most appropriate for your business.  There are a variety of options...

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Mandatory Code of Conduct for Landlords and Tenants

Mandatory Code of Conduct for Landlords and Tenants

The Federal Government has created a code of conduct which is mandatory for landlords and tenants from 3 April 2020, intended to “aid the management of cashflow” for tenants and landlords as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure business...

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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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Why Do We Need Terms and Conditions of Trade?

Why Do We Need Terms and Conditions of Trade?

Many of our clients who are suppliers of goods and services operate under formal written terms and conditions of trade. Prudent clients usually have their terms and conditions periodically reviewed to ensure they provide the best available protection. For example, in...

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Retail Leasing Ministerial Determination

Retail Leasing Ministerial Determination

It is not uncommon for a commercial  landlord to desire to have a lease fall outside the operation of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (RLA), thereby enabling the landlord to claim land tax and lease preparation legal costs as an outgoing from the tenant.  What...

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Entrepreneur Visa

Entrepreneur Visa

The Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) is making changes to the visa system as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. It is intended that these changes will help Australia attract and retain the best and brightest...

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Retail Leasing

Retail Leasing

Landlords should avoid delays in providing executed Lease document to tenants Section 22 of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (RLA) provides: Within 28 days (or such other period as is agreed in writing between the landlord and the tenant) after being given a copy of...

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Renewing Victorian Retail Leases

Renewing Victorian Retail Leases

Where a tenant has an option for a further term granted to it under the terms of a lease (or a subsequent deed varying the lease), in the majority of cases for standard commercial (non-retail) leases it is the tenant that takes the first step in exercising the option....

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ASIC Warns About Scam Emails

ASIC Warns About Scam Emails

On 17 January 2017, ASIC issued a Media Release warning its customers to be vigilant of a scam involving emails to customers purporting to be issued by ASIC. The media release reports that ASIC “is aware of some customers having received emails containing attachments...

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Crowd-sourced Equity Funding Arrives in Australia

Crowd-sourced Equity Funding Arrives in Australia

In March 2017, the Corporations Amendments (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2016 passed the Senate with the resulting Act to take effect in late September this year.  Without a doubt, this is a significant piece of legislation as it will provide certain Australian...

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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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3 Faq’s From Victorian Retail Leasing Tenants

3 Faq’s From Victorian Retail Leasing Tenants

The following are typical of the FAQs we receive from tenants: I have been given a Letter of Offer to lease retail premises by the landlord’s real estate agent.  What should I do now? conducting physical due diligence of the building structure and the landlord’s...

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