Attention All Off-The-Plan Vendors of Real Estate: Important Changes to Sunset Date Legislation

In line with recent legislative changes, all vendors under an off-the-plan contract will no longer be able to exercise its sunset date termination rights without first: giving written notice to the purchaser 28 days before the proposed rescission setting out certain prescribed details; and obtaining each purchaser’s written consent to [...]

2019-07-15T12:04:12+10:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

The sun is setting on delay tactics adopted by property developers in off the plan sales

Property developers engineering development delays and relying on developer friendly “sunset clauses” in off the plan contracts of sale contracts (OTP Contracts) to terminate those contracts and re-sell for higher prices are being targeted by the Andrews Labor Government through proposed new legislation. The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2018 [...]

2018-09-18T18:03:03+10:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , , |

Assignment of lease of commercial premises: To consent or not to consent … That is the question, if you’re a landlord

A recent VCAT decision narrows the circumstances in which a landlord can withhold consent to an assignment of lease. This case, AVC Operations Pty Ltd v Teley Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 931, concerned a landlord’s decision to withhold consent to an assignment of lease under s 60 of [...]

2018-08-30T14:41:03+10:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

Victoria’s real estate industry thrown into chaos after Court denies estate agent’s right to receive commission – Floodgates open for claims by vendors/developers seeking to recover commission paid

A recent decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Advisory Services Pty Ltd (trading as Ray White St. Albans) v Augustin & Anor [2018] VSCA 95 (Advisory Services) is sure to strike fear in the heart of estate agents, particularly those acting for developers. The decision of Victoria’s highest [...]

2018-08-23T15:24:55+10:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

Don’t get caught out – Be aware of what constitutes a “terms contract” when selling an interest in land

When parties negotiate settlement terms of a contract of sale of real estate, particularly when it is a long term settlement, they can inadvertently structure the terms of the transaction in a way where the contract is deemed to be a ‘terms contract’ under the Sale of Land Act 1962 (the Act). This can have [...]

2018-08-23T15:25:16+10:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , , |

New GST Rules Affecting Property Transactions – ATO cracking down on developers who avoid paying GST

How these new obligations will affect both developers and purchasers Treasury has released draft legislation which proposes a new process for the remittance of GST to the ATO for property transactions that relate to the supply of “new residential premises”. Why the Changes The purpose of these new rules is [...]

2018-08-23T15:20:32+10:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , , |

The widening definition of “Retail Premises”: Is your commercial lease affected?

The Supreme Court of Victoria’s recent decision in IMCC Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v CB Cold Storage [2017] VSCA 178 has confirmed that a wide interpretation of ‘retail premises’ should be used for the purposes of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (Act).  This included a finding that ‘the ultimate [...]

2018-08-28T16:54:59+10:00August 10th, 2017|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

Vendors Beware – Purchasers Of Australian Property Worth $750,000 Or More May Now Be Required To Withhold 12.5 Per Cent Of Purchase Price At Settlement

If you are a vendor or purchaser of an Australian property with a market value of $750,000 or more, the Government’s recent reforms to improve housing affordability may directly affect you. The Government announced, as part of the 2017-18 Budget, that purchasers of certain taxable Australian properties from foreign resident [...]

2018-08-30T12:44:54+10:00July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

From 1 July 2017 stamp duty will be payable on certain transfers between spouses and domestic partners

The stamp duty exemption on transfers of property is about to change. The Victoria Government pursuant to its 2017 Budget and the introduction of the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2017[1] (the Bill) intends to withdraw the exemption for payment of stamp duty between spouses and domestic partners in relation [...]

2018-09-11T16:42:33+10:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

Variations to the plan of subdivision – Are you jeopardising your presales?

Securing presales is a critical aspect of any property development project - but that’s only half the battle. The trick is making sure they settle. Long construction lead times and project delays mean settlement may not occur until up to several years after a purchaser signs a contract. The occurrence [...]

2018-09-18T12:16:58+10:00April 30th, 2017|Categories: Property|Tags: , |