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

    27 June 2017 | Property & 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

  2. Restoration of Lessor’s Defence for Defective Disclosure

    30 March 2017 | Property & Commercial Law

    On 23 March 2017, the Court and Civil Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Bill) was introduced by the Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath MP. Amongst other amendments, the Bill provides for a number of amendments to the Retail Shop Leases Act, 1994 (Act). A

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

    9 November 2016 | Property & 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. Trading times they are a-changing

    31 October 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has agreed to several major changes to retail trading hours in the last couple of weeks including: from 1 December, major retailers in South-East Queensland (SEQ) will now be allowed to trade 7am to...

  5. High Court Rules on Dissenting Unit Owners’ Votes

    17 October 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    Community titled lots are now a popular form of property holding in Queensland. One of the challenges is that lot owners do not always agree on everything. Some proposals to the body corporate can only be passed by a resolution without dissent. This means

  6. Selling property for more than $2 million – make sure you get a clearance certificate first

    4 August 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    From 1 July 2016, any Australian resident (for taxation purposes) who enters into a contract to sell property with a market value of $2 million or more will need to apply to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) for a clearance certificate and provide a copy of

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