eConveyancing – Changes to the Model Participation Rules

During 2019, the Australian Registrars’ National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) consulted on proposed changes to the rules governing electronic conveyancing in Australia – referred to as the Model Participation Rules...

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Seller Beware – Increasing disclosure obligations and risk when selling real estate in Victoria

Recent changes to the law affecting Victorian real estate transactions have increased the disclosure obligations on sellers and continued the slow march of growing consumer type protections for buyers of real estate. Traditiona...

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Extension of COVID-19 rent relief scheme in Victoria – Update

Background On 20 August 2020 the Premier announced that the Victorian COVID-19 rent relief scheme for retail and commercial leases (which was to expire on 29 September 2020) would be extended to 31 December 2020.  Enabling legis...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Does your family trust hold residential real estate in NSW? If so, you must read this.

On 24 June 2020, amendments to the Duties Act 1997, the Land Tax Act 1956, and the Land Tax Management Act 1956 were enacted. As a result, it is essential that trustees of all discretionary trusts review their trust deeds, in o...

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Landmark decisions add controversy to pet ownership in strata schemes

The legal fight for pet ownership rights in strata buildings has just taken a major setback. In a series of highly contentious matters, the New South Wales Civil & Administrative Appeals Panel ('Appeals Panel') has overturned ...

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