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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.

New Regulations push local contributions and leave DA’s in limbo

New EP&A Reg 270A requires a Contributions Plan before DA’s in the Growth Centres can be approved or refused.

Real estate underquoting

Underquoting laws introduced in 2016 made it an offence for real estate agents selling residential properties in NSW to understate a property’s likely selling price.

New Planning Laws in NSW

DA (development application) processes have been given a fillip under changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act which took effect this month.

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.

Developers Beware – Building Defect Bond Scheme commence from 1 January 2018

The new Strata Scheme Management Act 2015 and Strata Scheme Development Act 2015 commenced on 30 November 2016.
  • 4 May 2017


Hicksons supports winning bid in affordable housing

Hicksons congratulates Amelie Housing, the community housing company of the Trustees of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (NSW), who have been appointed to provide 500 social and affordable housing dwellings.

Foreign investment framework – 2017 Legislative Package

On 1 December 2015, the most significant changes to Australia’s foreign investment framework in over 40 years were introduced. The reforms provided for stronger enforcement of the rules, a better resourced system and clearer rules for foreign investors.

Planning changes imminent

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

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.

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.

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.

Verification of Identity

From 1 May 2016, new verification of identity rules intended to reduce the risk of identity fraud and the registration of fraudulent land transactions apply to land transactions in New South Wales.

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.

Remaking ASIC class order on share and interest sale facilities

Legislative instruments, such as class orders, are repealed automatically, or sunset, after 10 years, unless action is taken to extend them.

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