Great news for first home buyers

Are you or someone you know looking to buy their first home? Recent changes to slash stamp duty and increase the First Home Owners Grant have been welcomed by many Victorians battling the rapid increase in the price of real … Continue reading

Proposed reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic)

In November 2014, the Victorian Government announced a comprehensive review into the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 ‘(RTA)’.  The review, due for completion in 2018, is aimed to amend the RTA to meet the expectations of current and future landlords and … Continue reading

Personal Property Securities Register – Transitional grace period for registrations transferred over to the PPSR finishes on 30 January 2017

When set up, the PPSR consolidated many public registers, such as the Registers of Encumbered Vehicles (REVs) and the ASIC Register of Company Charges. In 2012, registrations that had been recorded on over 35 registers were automatically transferred to the PPSR – … Continue reading

Oh! What a Nuisance

Overgrown shrubbery, cars parked on pathways, repeated trespassing on your property, smoke and smell from burning rubbish – these are things that may be considered a nuisance in your neighbourhood. Under common law, if your circumstances fall into the legal … Continue reading

Step-children and Wills

Recent amendments to the Victorian Administration and Probate Act 1958 have made it possible for step-children, who have been left out of a step-parent’s Will to seek further provision under Part IV of the Act. Procedure before Amendment Prior to … Continue reading

The cost of underquoting

A Richmond, Victoria, real estate agent has today been fined $330,000 in the Federal Court for the practise of “underquoting” properties it was selling. The fine was for underquoting on 11 properties in Richmond and Kew during 2014 and 2015. … Continue reading

Infringement Notices and the Legal Robot

Have you received a fine for having parked illegally? It’s likely that the majority of Victorian motorists will, at some point, incur such a penalty. In 2014-15, a survey of 21 Local Councils found that over $257 million in parking … Continue reading

Ransomware Scams

Have you ever received a suspicious message in your email inbox?  You may have been a potential victim of a malware scam. “Malware” (malicious software) scams involve deceiving a computer user into installing software which allows scammers to access your … Continue reading

Divorcing when separated under the same roof

Scott and Fiona have been married for 8 years and have decided that they would like to separate and divorce. The parties still remain living separately under the same roof. What is required for Scott and Fiona to divorce? In Australia, a divorce can be … Continue reading

Extending Consumer Unfair Contract Term Protections To Small Business

The Australian Consumer Law currently contains protections for consumers against unfair contract terms in standard form contracts. The Federal Government has now extended these protections to small businesses. The new legislation was passed into law in October 2015 and will be enforced from later this year. This … Continue reading