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How long do my partner and I have to live together before we are classed as in a de facto relationship?
A common question family lawyers get asked is: What is the time frame that we have to be living together to be classed as in a de facto relationship. Is it six months? It…Posted on 6 Dec 2019
Risks of landlords failing to provide retail leases estimates of outgoings
A new VCAT decision will be of concern for landlords who fail to provide estimates of outgoings as required under the Retail Leases Act. Section 46 of the Retail Leases Act requires landlords of…Posted on 6 Dec 2019
New Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from Retail Leases Act
The Minister for Small Business has published a Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from the Retail Leases Act. Farm leases excluded from the operation of the Act include leases of premises under which…Posted on 26 Nov 2019
Proposed Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019
A new Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) has been tabled before the Victorian Parliament. If passed, the Bill will amend the Building Act 1993 and the Retail Leases Act 2003. The purpose of…Posted on 26 Nov 2019
Supporting employees through family and domestic violence
As part of the National Employment Standards, employees are now entitled to take up to five days of unpaid leave each year when they are experiencing or dealing with the effects of family and…Posted on 5 Jul 2019
New laws in relation to “off the plan” contracts
The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) has been passed by Parliament and will affect a vendor’s ability to terminate a residential “off the plan” contract under a sunset clause. A residential off-the-plan…Posted on 4 Jul 2019
Adverse possession has been defined as ‘possession of land contrary to the interests of the rightful owner’. Adverse possession can arise when you have been using land which you do not own for an…Posted on 30 Apr 2019
Property Co-Ownership: What is the difference between joint tenancy and tenancy in common?
When purchasing property together with another person or persons, whether it be your spouse/partner, sibling, friend or business partner, it is important that you consider the way in which you wish to co-own the…Posted on 29 Apr 2019
Is your Heads of Agreement or email exchange binding?
When negotiating a purchase or sale or other transaction, often parties will wish to confirm the terms in writing by email or by signing a Heads of Agreement or Key Terms document. This can…Posted on 29 Apr 2019
Wind Farm Leases
Ballarat and Western Districts are experiencing a boom in wind farm development, with many farmers being approached with offers to build turbines on their land. Unfortunately, in the excitement of extra income and a…