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Meth-screening for landlords, property managers and buyers

08/11/2019

When purchasing a home, pre-purchase building and pest inspections are the norm for diligent buyers. What is usually not considered is whether the property is contaminated by illicit substances. According to the drug-testing company Meth Screen, approximately 35% of Queensland properties test positive for illicit drug contamination.
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Five percent deposits are almost a reality for first home buyers

31/10/2019

The Federal Parliament recently passed the National Housing Finance Corporation Amendment Bill 2019 (Cth). The amendment establishes the framework for the First Home Buyer’s Loan Deposit Scheme, as it permits the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (“NHFIC”) to issue guarantees.
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New federal standard implemented to improve quad bike safety

29/10/2019

On 11 October 2019, the Federal Government implemented the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 (Cth), to improve quad bike safety in Australia. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”), from 2011 to 2018 there were at least 128 fatalities associated with quad bikes.
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Drone Laws- What you should know before buying and flying drones

15/10/2019

When it comes to selling a home, real estate agents are increasingly turning to aerial drone photography. The benefits range from providing buyers with a better view of the surrounding area (ex. schools, shops) to clearly presenting the size of the property. Picking up a drone has also become cheaper; they can cost as little as $400.00. However, agents should be aware that rules apply.
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Paper certificates of title are now obsolete in Queensland

11/10/2019

The days of obtaining paper certificates of title in Queensland have come to an end. As of 1 October 2019, paper certificates will no longer be considered instruments which have legal effect under the recent amendments to the Land Titles Act 1994 (Qld).
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Testamentary Capacity - Contesting Wills

08/10/2019

One of the side effects is that in the last five years, there has been a sharp rise in the incidence of attacks on Wills, based on the argument that the Testator (the person who signed the Will), did not have capacity to make a Will, at the time the document was signed.
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Five Reasons Why You Should Have Your Commercial Lease Reviewed

24/09/2019

Commercial leases typically extend over a significantly longer period than residential leases, and can be up to 30 years in length in some cases (including option periods). It is important that prospective tenants are aware of all the costs and risks associated with a lease before signing on the dotted line.
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