Category: Property Law

Should you be using a developer entity?

We are often asked by our developer clients about the benefits of interposing a developer entity between a land owning entity and purchasers in a development. There are many benefits of using a developer entity…

Tenants and landlords, are you ready for the 30 September deadline?

The recent introduction of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 which includes a period of rent relief protection for tenants from 28 July 2021 until 15 January 2022 (Protection Period) also includes mandatory timelines…

Construction site compliance blitz

A recent State Government announcement revealed that due to recently observed COVID-19 impacts on the construction industry, the Industry Enforcement and Engagement Operation and Building Authority and Worksafe bodies will be conducting a 4-week long…

Thinking of nominating … be careful not to trigger additional stamp duty

The State Revenue Office of Victoria (SRO) has released a new revenue ruling (DA-064), which attempts to clarify the meaning of ‘land development’ in the context of developers nominating their ultimate purchasing entity and the…

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme – More work for tenants, greater uncertainty for landlords

The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 operates from 28 July 2021 until 15 January 2022. The State Government rent relief scheme is more complicated than the previous Jobkeeper-based scheme. The scheme introduces stricter compliance…

Latest updates on the commercial rent relief scheme

The Victorian State Government will be introducing legislation today in relation to the new rent relief scheme for commercial tenants. The scheme is expected to operate until January 2022. Both landlords and eligible tenants should…

New rent relief scheme for Victoria

The Victorian Government has today announced a new rent relief scheme for small to medium sized businesses. It will be available to tenants with a turnover of less than $50 million and who have suffered…

Vendors and developers – Beware of Cooling Off risk

Many Vendors, including Developers, agree to accept payment of Deposit monies days or weeks after a Contract has been signed. So can a Vendor recover monies from a Purchaser who has ‘cooled off’ before the…

Is the office really dead?

So much has been written lately about the ‘new normal’ working environment in response to 5 lockdowns and months of working from home. The Age on Saturday July 17 published a well-researched piece with a…

Developers and property investors can’t catch a break

The Victorian government’s handing down of the 2021 budget has suggested that those who have profited from the COVID-19 pandemic will be punished, with Victorian Treasurer, Mr Tim Pallas, stating that the 2021 budget will…

Property Developers look out – Owners Corporation changes are coming

Shopping for an Owners Corporation Manager is the easy part. It is the juggling act of maintaining your vision as a Developer whilst continuing to act in the best interests of the Owners Corporation that…

2020 Vision and Returning to Offices

After nearly a year of working from home, returning 50% (and now 75%) of staff to offices is confusing. Do we want to go back to our offices? Do we work better at home? Do…