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New Emergency COVID-19 Leasing Laws

By Raynia Theodore, Principal, and Evelyn Marcou, Senior Associate The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 (COVID-19 Bill) has passed through the NSW State Parliament and was assented to on 25 March 2020. The Bill proposes amendments to a number of leasing laws, in particular the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW) and the Retail…

Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 – Changes are coming – Make sure you are in the know!

In response to Small Business Regulation Review announced in June 2018, the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 was drafted and proposes changes to the Building Act 1993(Vic) and the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic).  The Bill is currently in the Legislative Assembly and expected to be passed. The proposed amendments can be summarised as follows:…

Agents Beware: New Rental Laws Regarding Pets

New rental laws regarding pets By: Mark Skermer, Principal MST Lawyers As most real estate agents know, the landscape in Victoria in relation to having a pet at a rental property is about to undergo real change. As and from 2 March 2020, it will become easier for a tenant (or a proposed tenant) of…

Combustible cladding crisis continues!

Combustible cladding crisis continues! Australia’s combustible cladding crisis continues with the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) determining that the use of cladding product Biowood in multi-story, residential properties is not compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). In March 2019, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down the first Australian…