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  1. GST and Residential Property Transactions : City Pacific Lawyers

    GST and Residential Property Transactions

    12 | Mar 2019

    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 property must deduct the GST […]


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  2. Update on Personal Property Security Register : City Pacific Lawyers

    Update on Personal Property Security Register

    30 | May 2018

    The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is a national, electronic register of security interests in personal property that was established on 30 January 2012. What does the PPSR cover? The easiest way to understand what is covered is to dissect the name – Personal Property Securities Register – think of the ‘personal property’ part as […]


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  3. What is an Agreement to Lease? : City Pacific Lawyers

    What is an Agreement to Lease?

    17 | Apr 2018

      When renting business related property it is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the relationship they are entering into and the rights and obligations that they each have. The document that governs this relationship is usually a Commercial Lease. A Commercial Lease gives the tenant an immediate right to take possession of […]


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  4. Changes to stamp duty for spouse transfers from 1 July 2017 : City Pacific Lawyers

    Changes to stamp duty for spouse transfers from 1 July 2017

    17 | Apr 2018

      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 […]


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  5. Take care when buying a property ‘Off the Plan’ : City Pacific Lawyers

    Take care when buying a property ‘Off the Plan’

    7 | Mar 2018

      The term “buying off the plan” usually refers to purchasing a property that is not yet registered as a separate lot with the government department responsible for land title registrations, or not yet built. Buying off the plan can refer to the purchase of a block of vacant land that is part of a […]


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  6. The law of Easements : City Pacific Lawyers

    The law of Easements

    30 | Jan 2018

      Many people have heard of an easement, but what is it? In general terms, it is a right to use property belonging to someone else. Ordinarily, we think of property rights as sacred – why should anyone else be able to use my property? However, an easement is an exception to the usually sacred […]


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  7. Why Owners’ Corporation levy payments are important : City Pacific Lawyers

    Why Owners’ Corporation levy payments are important

    31 | Oct 2017

    The collection of levies and the proper maintenance of sinking and administration funds is an essential part of strata scheme living. All apartment owners in strata schemes are required to pay levies and most apartment owners understand the need for these levies to ensure property maintenance costs can be met on an ongoing basis by […]


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  8. Retirement Living Life beyond bingo and bowls! : City Pacific Lawyers

    Retirement Living Life beyond bingo and bowls!

    20 | Sep 2017

    Not surprisingly people talk about buying their first home as being a life changing event and it is. However, in the past it has been rare for people to talk so excitedly about moving into some form of retirement living. Given that sooner or later most of us are likely to have to deal with […]


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  9. What you need to know about Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria : City Pacific Lawyers

    What you need to know about Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria

    20 | Sep 2017

    The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic) introduced significant changes to the building industry, intended to enhance consumer protection through stricter regulation and enforcement provisions. The first stages of reforms were actioned in July and September 2016. This article explains the final phase of the reforms which commenced in July 2017 and which […]


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  10. Take care when buying a property off the Plan : City Pacific Lawyers

    Take care when buying a property off the Plan

    18 | May 2017

    The term “buying off the plan” usually refers to purchasing a property that is not yet registered as a separate lot with the government department responsible for land title registrations, or not yet built. Buying off the plan can refer to the purchase of a block of vacant land that is part of a subdivision, […]


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