What happens when a house deposit is stolen due to the real estate agent being hacked?
In a world where the use and reliance of communicating and transacting online is ever increasing, new areas of vulnerability...Read More
Changes to Queensland Tenancy Laws due to COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Queensland Government announced new measures to Queensland’s residential tenancy laws to protect tenants...Read More
Carpet Cleaning Clauses
During the last 18 months the RTA has made a concerted push to stop landlords inserting special conditions in tenancy...Read More
The Cooling Off Period Explained
As part of consumer protection laws, buyers purchasing residential property in Queensland are entitled to cooling off period, which allows...Read More
Certificates of Title – Soon to be Fully Phased Out
A highly anticipated change to the way property transactions are handled will come into effect from 1 October, 2019. In...Read More
Inappropriate use of social media and electronic communication
"Listen here you fat (blank)"..."your bogan (blank) can play happily (sic) families on Facebook with her kids as [X]...Read More
Why use a lawyer in family law matters
Family law often involves complex issues of law.There are those matters which can be easily resolved by way of a...Read More
Following the break down of your relationship, there are a number of services that we provide to assist in the...Read More
Who is responsible for maintaining exclusive use areas?
It is often assumed that if you have the exclusive use of an area (eg courtyard) you are always responsible...Read More
The importance of being honest with your lawyer
When facing legal problems, your lawyer is your ally. They are your defender and protector who fights for your rights...Read More
How much can you rely upon a building and pest inspector
Buyers often believe by doing a pest and building inspection they are guaranteeing everything will be okay with the property....Read More
Parenting arrangements over the school holidays
With school holidays fast approaching, here are some tips and reminders to avoid conflict to ensure your children don’t have...Read More
Insurance tips for holiday letting
AirBnB and Stayz are a growing trend as a holiday accommodation option.
You may even have...Read More
Top tips for home buying in the summer
It is that time of year when things are starting to heat up; here are some of our top tips...Read More
Medico-Legal Newsletter November 2018
Tribunal disqualifies nurse for convictions separate to profession
A tribunal has disqualified a nurse for 12 months following a series...Read More
Five common myths about pets and unit complexes
Many people are unsure of their rights about keeping a pet in their unit complex. Here, we clear up five...Read More
Misrepresentation by a Real Estate Agent
Often, purchasers rely on their agents to...Read More
Why you should arrange a Pre-Settlement Inspection
Purchasers are not always aware that they are entitled to a pre-settlement inspection under a standard REIQ contract. ...Read More
Property Owners: Do you have a Will or Enduring Power of Attorney?
Having a Will in place is the best way to ensure your property is inherited...Read More
Do I need a Pool Safety Certificate to Sell My House?
Pool Safety Standards
Laws regarding pool safety are in place in an attempt to prevent tragic...Read More
Thinking of Buying “Off the Plan”?
What is “Off the Plan”?
Buying Off the Plan is not like buying an existing house or unit. Like the name...Read More
Why a Purchaser Should Insure the Property BEFORE Settlement
It is important as a buyer to know when the seller will no longer be liable for any damage to...Read More
Purchasing a Townhouse or Unit?
It is certainly a good idea to engage a law/conveyancing firm when purchasing a townhouse or unit, as the surrounding...Read More
Tricky Terms Translated
It can be difficult to understand some of the complex terminology within Residential House and Land Contracts. This...Read More
“Subject to Building & Pest”
A standard contract in Queensland (e.g. REIQ or ADL) is often subject to a building and pest condition.
It is the...Read More
Title Insurance – Is it Worth It?
What is title insurance?
Title insurance is a specialised insurance policy providing protection to buyers against unknown risks or defects...Read More
Locally written book is one-stop-shop for property conveyancing
Two Mackay solicitors have made life a whole lot easier for Queensland’s real estate agents after authoring a comprehensive reference...Read More
What does the Court consider in parenting matters involving risk to a child?
There are many parents who have had a significant drug history but that has not precluded them from eventually being...Read More
Am I eligible for a Transfer Duty Concession?
WHAT IS TRANSFER DUTY?
Transfer duty (previously called ‘Stamp Duty’) is essentially a one-off tax payable on...Read More
The Conveyancing Process in a Nutshell
This article will give a broad overview of each stage in the conveyancing process and what you can...Read More
GST Withholding Tax and Real Estate Contracts
The government in its wisdom has set a scheme where buyers will deduct GST from the Sale proceeds and pay...Read More
Dividing Property and Finances After Separation
How can we sort out how to divide our assets and debts?
Some ways that property can be divided include:... Read More
What is the difference between a parenting plan and an order of the Court?
A parenting plan is a written agreement with the other parent. It sets rules for things such as how much...Read More
Welcome to our new look website!
We are delighted to share our new website with you.
As well as having a fresh, modern...Read More
Home and First Home Concession
A recent court case changed the stamp duty concessions for owner occupiers. You may be aware that if you are...Read More
Real Estate Agents often wonder why they are sued and not the seller of a property when a representation about...Read More
Owner Builder Permits
It is not usual for there to be a notation on a title search stating owner builder with a year...Read More
Is it possible for a unit complex to not have a body corporate?
Before we answer this question it is useful to know the different types of unit complexes.
We use the following...Read More
Advertising Properties for Sale
Some recent situations we have advised on have once again highlighted the dangerous situation agents place themselves in when making...Read More
Should we have the Seller fix defects or do a price reduction?
Everyone wants to move into a house which doesn’t require you to do any work. It is annoying to have...Read More
When can I put a sold sticker on my sign?
There are no rules relating to when you can put a sold sticker on a sign except the general rules...Read More
New FIRB Rules
New rules came into force on 1 December 2015. Fortunately for residential property there aren’t many changes. The big change...Read More
Rent to Buy
When properties are hard to sell people often consider doing rent to buy. As the name suggests you rent a...Read More
Contracts By Email
A recent case has highlighted the potential problems when discussing offers by email. In the Supreme Court case of Stellard...Read More
Gas Compliance Certificates
A gas compliance certificate is required when you install a device which uses gas for: ...Read More
Calculating New Dates
Calculating due dates can be confusing, especially when contracts are signed on the weekend or a due date falls on...Read More
Body Corporate Disclosure Statements, who should sign them?
It is not unusual for an agent to negotiate a sale of a property in a body corporate scheme, to...Read More
Property Occupations Act 2014 - Part Three
The biggest change for agents with the new legislation is the new listing agreements. The old form 20, form 21,...Read More
Property Occupations Act 2014 - Part Two
There have been a number of changes to the licensing of agents. They have gone from 9 different licenses to...Read More
Property Occupations Act 2014 - Part One
This act which replaces the part of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act, dealing with Residential Property, comes into...Read More
Five myths about the Privacy Act
- The Privacy Act applies to everybody. The Privacy Act doesnt apply to everyone. It may apply... Read More
Swimming Pool Refresher
It is now over 3 years since the swimming pool legislation was updated. I have listed a number of issues...Read More
Review of the QLD Property Laws
The QLD Attorney General on 15 August 2013 announced that they will be proceeding with a review of the Property...Read More
Fed up with small deposits
There has been an increasing trend towards smaller and smaller deposits. It is not unusual for deposits to be as...Read More
Building Warranties for Unit Complexes over Three Stories
As you may be aware there is no statutory builders warranty for structural defects for unit complexes over three stories...Read More
The office of fair Trading has issued a warning that they are cracking down on agents that advertise a property...Read More
Gazumping is defined as the situation where a seller, despite having a verbal agreement with one buyer, concludes a contract...Read More
Government to remove cap on commissions
The Queensland government announced on 15 June 2011 that they plan to deregulate real estate commissions in Queensland. No date...Read More
Changes to the Body Corporate Act
The Body Corporate and Community Titles Act changed on 15 April, 2011.
When providing a disclosure statement to a buyer who...Read More
Can I still cold call? The Impact of the Australian Consumer Law...
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) is designed to be an Australian-wide consumer protection and fair trading scheme. From 1 January,...Read More