Property Law

COVID-19 Protections for Queensland residential tenants: Issues for landlords


The Queensland Government has announced a range of temporary legislative changes to protect residential tenants during the COVID-19 crisis. These include bans on evictions, extension of leases and capped break lease costs. Read More.

COVID-19: Changes to development approvals


Like most sectors of the economy, developers and the construction industry is not immune from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Major disruption to supply chains and possible difficulty sourcing materials means many development projects may be delayed. Following a number of workers on several construction sites in Australia testing positive for COVID-19, worker shortages or the temporary shutdown of construction sites is also a very real possibility. Read More.

Mandatory Code: Commercial & retail leases


On 7 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced the creation of a mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) to apply to certain commercial and retail leases during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More.

Miss out on ‘JobKeeper’? Here are some options for Employers


What are the alternative options for employers who don't meet the 'JobKeeper' requirements? Employers may be forced to stand-down or make their staff redundant in order to adjust to the changing climate. Each avenue is governed by strict guidelines. Read More.

GST changes for new residential property

Buying a Property With Plans to Redevelop?


If you’re an experienced property developer or a first-time speculator, seeking advice prior to purchasing a property to redevelop is a crucial first step. Read More.

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US property valuation app lawsuit sends warning signal to Australian property market


A US private home owner, who also happens to be a real estate lawyer, recently took online property database company Zillow to task over estimates that have allegedly obstructed the sale of her home. Read More.

Is your short term hiring lease still protected on the PPSR?


The Personal property Securities Register (‘PPSR’) registers security interests over personal property, which essentially translates to any property that is not land or a fixture to land. Read More.

New Partner and Head of our Property Law Group


We welcome a new partner and head of our property law group, David Nematalla. David who has close to 20 years’ experience in property and commercial law, was previously a senior lawyer at a specialist property law firm in the CBD of Brisbane. Read More.

Transfer Duty - Important Considerations


If you are transferring ownership of assets, particularly as part of a business sale, transfer duty is an important consideration as the wrong decisions can have significant financial consequences. Read More.

Tenants Evicted for Running Airbnb


A Victorian landlord succeeded in the Victorian Supreme Court to evict her tenants for subleasing her St Kilda apartment on Airbnb without her consent. Read More.

Tired of Waiting: Can a Beneficiary Terminate a Trust Early?


A trust is an arrangement whereby one person (the trustee) holds or owns property for the benefit of another person (the beneficiary). A trust is not a separate legal entity but rather a legally recognised relationship between a trustee and one or more beneficiaries. Read More.