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New commercial tenancy regulation in NSW to enact the National Code

The Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (the COVID-19 Regulation) provides much needed guidance for landlords and tenants operating…

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Witnessing documents by video conference – new regulations

The social isolation and physical meeting restrictions imposed by the federal, state and territory governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic…

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COVID-19 Omnibus Bill – How will leasing be affected?

On 23 April 2020, the Victorian Government introduced the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill (COVID Bill) (along with other related legislation)…

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Victoria’s Tax Bill introduces new relief measures in response to bushfires and COVID-19

The Victorian Government yesterday passed the State Taxation Acts Amendment (Relief Measures) Bill 2020 (Tax Bill). The Tax Bill amends various…

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The current state of play: top 10 Q&A on commercial tenancies

Commercial landlords and tenants are navigating through increasingly complex and uncertain times as they attempt to grapple with the National Cabinet’s…

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South Australia’s new commercial property leasing regulations

The SA Parliament has passed regulations to define those instances under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (the COVID Act) which…

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Land tax relief available for landlords in Victoria

In line with recent announcements by the New South Wales and Queensland Governments, the Victorian Government has announced a $420 million…

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Businesses gain relief from licence fees

Up to 200,000 licence holders within the trade and construction sectors will avoid paying more than $50 million in licence fees…

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Fast-track approval process for property developments in NSW

The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces announced on 10 April 2020 how the NSW Government plans to implement a fast-track…

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Land tax relief available for landlords in NSW and QLD

The NSW and Queensland Governments have pledged a combined $840 million in land tax relief for landlords that are financially impacted…

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Key considerations for NSW property developers, buyers and sellers

In the property sector, the escalating social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are not limited to the landlord-tenant relationship…

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Top 5 considerations for NSW landlords and tenants

The economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive uncertainty in the Australian property market. Mounting tensions in residential,…

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FIRB rules changes on investment in Australia

A reduction to $0 for the threshold for foreign investments into Australia All proposed foreign investments into Australia subject to the…

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Do customers have a right to refunds due to COVID-19?

If businesses have been forced to cancel the provision of any good or service, do they have an obligation to provide…

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INSOLVENCY PROTECTIONS FOR DIRECTORS

A director of a company can be personally liable for debts incurred by the company if (at the time the debts…

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Commercial leasing amidst coronavirus

Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, has today provided an update on the measures being developed for commercial leasing during…

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Commercial leasing amidst coronavirus

In these uncertain times, many commercial landlords and tenants are contemplating the possibility of closing premises either temporarily or permanently. There…

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