Category: Property Law

The top 7 changes to Victorian Retail Leasing

As if Victorian retail landlords and tenants didn’t have enough to contend with!  Now they must familiarise themselves (and quickly) with the new amendments to the Victorian Retail Leases Act 2003. Here are the top…

Important updates to Commercial Leasing Regulations

Just in the nick of time – the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 have been amended. The amendments take effect from 29 September 2020. Some of the most important changes…

Would you (and should you) purchase a property without seeing it?

COVID-19 has turned the world as we know it upside down and many things which were previously foreign to us have become the ‘new normal’. With the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria, online…

More tax relief for landlords and owners/occupiers of commercial properties

As we published yesterday, the Victorian State Government has announced that the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (“Scheme”) will be extended to 31 December 2020. As part of this announcement, the Victorian State Government announced much…

Extension of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

Although it has always been clear that the National Mandatory Code of Conduct (Code) would apply during ‘the period during which the JobKeeper program is operational’ (which is now until 31 March 2021), it was…

Final property inspections permitted

What was initially unclear, has now been confirmed. The Victorian Government has now clarified that pre-settlement property inspections are permitted if a contract had been signed at the start of the ‘stay at home period’…

Even more Hope for HomeBuilder

Following on from Lisa Fowler’s  ‘Hope for HomeBuilder’ article published earlier this week, the Commissioner of State Revenue has just announced that in Victoria a blanket extension of 3 months will be applied to the…

Hope for HomeBuilder

When the HomeBuilder grant was announced on 4 June 2020, there was disappointment across the off-the-plan residential market as it seemed unlikely (if not impossible) that the HomeBuilder grant would be workable for off-the-plan sales….

Property settlements during COVID-19

The government restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 has made many parties to conveyancing transactions ask us about how their property settlements can possibly proceed. Thanks to technology which is widely adopted such as…

What is a tenant required to provide for a rent relief request?

One of the most frequently asked questions by both tenants and landlords concerns the type of information which should be provided by a tenant as part of a request for rent relief.  There has been…

Leasing code regulations – what we know and what we don’t know

In recent days the Victorian parliament has passed both the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (the Act) and the eagerly awaited COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) to give effect…

Private lending leads the way for property

Whilst there is so much of this Covid-19 pandemic that we have never seen before, what we have seen before is how markets react when economic conditions change suddenly. And how opportunities are created. Right…