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Body Corporate Business deals with Body Corporate and Unit Title issues and published monthly. Please find the latest version here.

In Brief covers a broad range of legal issues and published three times a year. Please find the latest version here.

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Articles

  • Body Corporate Business Update April 2018

    5 April 2018

    TRUE VALUE OF REPAIRSReinstatement schemes under section 74 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (UTA) are commonly used to facilitate the comprehensive repair of unit title developments that are either leaky (defective) or in need of substantial repair following a prolonged period of deferred maintenance. Reinstatement schemes are a valuable tool in enabling building work to all parts of a building to be carried out at the same time to the same standard under a single contract – despite the ...

  • A Timely Reminder – Disclosure and Representations

    7 March 2018

    The principle of caveat emptor, “Buyer Beware” usually governs all property purchases. However, licensed real estate agents are bound by the Real Estate Agents Act (Professional Conduct and Client Care) Rules 2012.Specifically, all licensees are under a positive obligation “not to mislead a customer or client, nor provide false information, nor withhold information that should by law or fairness be provided to a customer or client.”Rule 10.7 states:A licensee is not required to discover hidden or underlying defects in land ...

  • Airbnb

    6 March 2018

    Travellers and tourists looking for an alternative to hotels and motels at high season times when demand is great may be drawn to the online platform of Airbnb to rent a house or a room from private home owners.While there is an opportunity to earn extra income, an owner of property looking to rent out their property as an Airbnb should also consider the myriad of issues that may arise, which includes insurance, tax, and legal implications.InsuranceProperty owners should make ...

  • Leases and Licences over Common Property

    5 March 2018

    A body corporate can lease or licence all or part(s) of the common property to an owner, occupier, or third party for their personal use under section 56 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (“UTA”). The lease or licence of common property may be granted for any number of purposes, the most common being car parking, storage, signage, or outdoor seating.The legal process for granting a lease or licence over the common property is set out in section 56 of ...

  • Evening out the playing field

    4 March 2018

    Most people aren’t all that interested in reading cases about trust law, but there are some valuable lessons to be learned from situations where things go wrong. Take for example the case of the Clement Family Trust. It clearly shows the difficulties that can arise when sibling beneficiaries cannot agree on how to give effect to the arrangements made by their parents for the protection of the wealth they strived to accumulate over their lifetimes.The facts are relatively straight forward. ...

  • How enforceable are those online “Ts & Cs” we all accept?

    3 March 2018

    We have all done it. You might be purchasing a product online or downloading software for your computer. You come to the end of your online purchase or download, and, without a second thought, you click a box to say you accept the terms and conditions (“Ts & Cs”) of the particular website without reading them first. But, just how enforceable are those Ts & Cs you just blindly accepted?Whenever you click “I accept” to a website’s Ts & Cs, ...