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Significant Changes to Bankruptcy Notices and Body Corporate Levy Recoveries
Monday 21 September 2020 / by Shane Roberts & Sam Marsh posted in Property Bankruptcy Notice Statutory Demand Creditors Insolvency

The temporary measures put in place by the Government in March this year which:

  1. increased the monetary threshold at which creditors can issue a Bankruptcy Notice to $20,000; and
  2. increased the time period in which a recipient of a Bankruptcy Notice has to respond to a Statutory Demand from 21 days to 6 months,

have now been extended until 31 December 2020.


Update on the Residential Property Market in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

As property lawyers, we are often asked about what is happening in the property market.  We are currently living in time of great uncertainty, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting not only how we go about our daily lives, but also the economy – in a significant way.  With this said, and despite what you may hear, the Eastern Suburbs’ housing market continues to strengthen – much of which stems from a chronic shortage of listings, combined with low interest rates.


New South Wales Building Industry Reforms

Two new laws have been passed to restore public confidence in the NSW building industry and to stop 'dodgy' builders and developers:

The laws are part of the reforms promised by the NSW government in order to improve the quality of construction and provide better protections for consumers against non-compliance within the building sector. 


Scammers, Hackers and Dodgy Money Transfers – are you Protected?

Recent reports that former NRL player Benny Elias was scammed out of $860,000 when hackers impersonated his lawyer during a property transaction come as an important reminder to be extra careful when transferring money online.


Discretionary Trusts in NSW: Foreign Persons, Stamp Duty and Land Tax

Do you have a family trust in New South Wales? 

It is important to note that you may need to make urgent (by 31 December 2020) changes to your trust deed, to ensure that you don't pay extra stamp duty or land tax.


Short-term Accommodation: Striking the Right Balance for Strata Apartments

During a weekend in San Francisco in 2008, when all of the hotels were sold out for a design conference, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia decided to rent out an air-mattress in their apartment on Rausch Street.  It is unlikely that the person hosted by Brian and Joe that weekend had any idea that they were the first guest of what would become the  global business known as Airbnb.


Legal Lockdown - Episode 7: Property Markets with Chris Gray
Tuesday 26 May 2020 posted in Property Legal Lockdown COVID-19

SKY NEWS property expert and CEO of Your Empire, Chris Gray, joins Adriana Giometti to share his thoughts on the real estate landscape in light of COVID-19.


What is the Legal Status of Retail and Commercial Leases during COVID-19?

A wide range of articles and government announcements have been published concerning the status of retail and commercial leases in the wake of the government mandated restrictions on trade and business operations that have come about as a response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis.  

Despite this, many tenants, especially commercial tenants who were not subject to the Retail Leases Act 1994 (NSW), were still uncertain as to what these announcements meant for them.

These uncertainties have now been removed in New South Wales, through the proclamation of the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (NSW), which apply from 24 April 2020 until 24 October 2020.


Legal Lockdown - Episode 2: Commercial and Residential Tenancies

In EPISODE 2 of Holman Webb's Legal Lockdown series, Chief Marketing and Corporate Relations Officer Adriana Giometti is joined by Tal Williams, Partner within the firm's Business, Corporate and Commercial team, to discuss a range of issues currently facing both commercial and residential tenants.


Body Corporate Newsletter April 2019
Thursday 18 April 2019 / by Shane Roberts and Sam Marsh posted in Property

The April edition of the Body Corporate Newsletter covers what new owners can do when faced with defective or incomplete building works, and the role the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (“the QBCC”) can play in helping you address the issue. Read the newsletter


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