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  1. Queensland's new waste levy could have you throwing money away

    16 April 2019 | Real Estate and Commercial Law

    With the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) Amendment Act 2019 receiving royal assent on 21 February 2019, Queensland’s new waste levy is officially going live on 1 July 2019. The Act imposes the levy on operators of waste disposal...

  2. Attention landlords! New legislation affecting ability to recover land tax

    27 June 2017 | Real Estate and Commercial Law

    On 22 June 2017, Queensland Parliament passed the Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 to close what it saw as a loophole in the law relating (only) to non-retail leases unfairly benefitting landlords and penalising tenants. Parliament clearly took the...

  3. Protection from unfair contract terms extended to small businesses from 12 November 2016

    9 November 2016 | Real Estate and Commercial Law

    For years Australian consumers have been protected from unfair contract terms in standard form contracts by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and previously the Trade Practices Act. The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract...

  4. Sale of commercial premises – seller can terminate if buyer fails to advise of due diligence

    27 May 2016 | Real Estate and Commercial Law

    Contracts for the sale of commercial premises tend to contain a special condition that allows the buyer the opportunity to make enquiries in relation to the property and to conduct searches (known as due diligence). Due diligence special conditions are...

  5. Your tenant ceases trade – can you force the tenant to recommence trading?

    27 May 2016 | Real Estate and Commercial Law

    If a tenant ceases or threatens to cease trade, landlords have the right to seek an injunction requiring the tenant to continue trading. However, the reality is that courts are extremely reluctant to grant an injunction in circumstances where a tenant is...

  6. Is an owner able to terminate a lease when a tenant has entered into a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA)?

    21 January 2016 | Real Estate and Commercial Law

    With the number of companies entering external administration on the rise and the crucial post-Christmas retail trading period nearing an end, it is important for owners to ensure that they fully understand what rights they have to terminate a lease and...

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