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Due to reforms introduced by the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic), domestic building disputes must now proceed through Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV). The Chief Dispute Resolution Officer (CDRO) appointed to DBDRV is responsible for the management of its services and is supported by Dispute Resolution Officers and inhouse expert assessors. […]

The 2017/2018 Victorian Budget has made substantial changes to land duty and tax payments in a bid to make the system for housing affordability more equitable. New home buyers and investors need to be aware of changes to the duty now applicable to certain property transfers. Part of the Budget changes include the abolition of […]

The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 has introduced significant changes to the building industry. The changes affect building practitioners, surveyors and owner builders. The objectives of the reforms are to enhance consumer protection through stricter industry regulation and enforcement provisions, and to improve processes under the relevant Building Act 1993 (Vic) and the […]

It is well known that a Will is a legal document which sets out how a person wants their assets to be distributed once they die. If you are over the age of 18 you can make a Will – provided you have capacity. In general terms a person will have the necessary capacity if […]

Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and the like – can be a lot of fun and have become an accepted part of modern life. Many of us use such forms of electronic communication to share the exciting, as well as the banal events in our lives, to express our views and to stay […]

Unlike married couples, de facto partners cannot apply for a divorce when their relationship breaks down. Their property affairs and arrangements for the future care of their children however may be finalised by agreement, with the assistance of their legal advisors or, if necessary through Family Court proceedings. Couples in a de facto relationship generally […]

GST and Residential Property Transactions The responsibility for remitting Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) generally falls on the party making a ‘taxable supply’. In a property transaction, this has traditionally meant the vendor or developer (supplier), unless the contract provides otherwise. From 1 July 2018 purchasers of ‘new’ residential […]

Relocation

RELOCATION Parties who separate generally reach an agreement about parenting arrangements for their children. However, some separating parents do find themselves disagreeing about certain issues pertaining to children. For instance, one of the parents may wish to relocate with the children which may make it impractical for the children to spend time with the other […]

The new Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) commenced on 1 September 2015. Find out what changes there will be and what this may mean for you, your family or someone you care about.

There have been updates in the law regarding disclosure requirements when selling real property.