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Hicksons Central: streamlining off-the-plan sales for developers

In an increasingly competitive property market, developers require streamlined processes to enable them to secure sales as quickly as possible. The process of converting a sale into an exchanged contract requires a swift and seamless approach – however developers are often let down by slow turnaround times and unreliable processes.
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Major change for NSW developers in relation to serious building defects

The Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW) passed swiftly through the NSW Parliament and was assented to on 10 June 2020.  This is part of the government’s response on buildings that may have serious defects, including non-complaint cladding or buildings with Mascot Towers type issues.  
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COVID-19 National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct (Commercial and Retail Leases) - Bulletin 1

We all know, the recent spread of COVID-19 in Australia has brought unprecedented and complex challenges to commercial and retail Landlords. This rapidly evolving crisis has caused considerable stress to Landlords, particularly with regards to corresponding with and responding to tenants in financial hardship due to the crisis, as well as dealing with their own financial considerations.
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Unit entitlements – you’re not so entitled!

Unit entitlements are the allocated share of the rights and responsibilities of a strata scheme. They impact an owner’s contributions to the expenses of the strata scheme, rights over common property and voting rights.
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New residential tenancy laws to protect victims of domestic violence

New tenancy reforms have been introduced in NSW which aim to protect victims of domestic violence who are living in a residential tenancy premises. Effective from 28 February 2019, the new Laws allow for a tenant to terminate their tenancy without penalty and immediately if they or their dependents are subject to domestic violence.
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Dementia and beyond

The phone rings and you pick it up. It’s your father, and he tells you the same cat story for the 10th time this week. In fact, you’re not even sure if the cat story happened this week, or last month, or last year or…  Your father is displaying signs of memory loss and dementia.
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Planning changes imminent

Note for the diary – major changes to NSW government’s planning laws will be arriving very shortly.
  • 13 Dec 2016

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TAFE Announces Innovative Aged Care Deals

A significant development opportunity has emerged for the retirement and aged care sector, as TAFE NSW opens its property portfolio up for aged care development.
  • 9 Dec 2016

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NSW imposes new stamp duty and land tax surcharges on foreign purchasers of residential real estate

Foreign purchasers of residential land in NSW are now exposed to additional stamp duty and land tax charges, following changes to State taxes as part of the NSW 2016 State Budget. Foreign purchasers must pay a stamp duty surcharge of 4 per cent on the acquisition of residential real estate. A land tax surcharge of 0.75 per cent has also been imposed on the taxable value of residential land owned by foreign persons.
  • 11 Nov 2016

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Thanks, but no thanks – I don’t want to inherit

It seems odd that anybody would reject an inheritance, but for some beneficiaries, there are valid reasons they do not wish to receive their inheritance.
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NSW homeowners advised to swim clear of troubled waters

If you are one of the many homeowners in New South Wales whose pride and joy is a swimming pool or spa pool in your backyard then today (29th April 2016) represents a significant milestone.

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