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Changes to Retail Tenancy Laws

Disclosure statements and market rent reviews for further terms (lease renewals)  From 1 October 2020 retail leasing has changed due to amendments to the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (“the Act”). Changes to notice and disclosure obligations in relation to further lease terms (renewals) Where a lease contains an option for a further term, s.28 of […]

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Are Commercial Tenants Entitled to Further Rent Relief?

Yes – the Victorian Government has extended the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) to 31 December 2020 (the Extension Period). Under the extended Scheme, commercial landlords must offer rent relief within the Extension Period that is in proportion to the fall in turnover if the tenant is eligible.  For instance, the rent relief should be […]

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Trade Mark Licensing

If you are licensing your trade mark, you could be permitting more than you bargained for… Did you know, that if you licence another party to use your trade mark, the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) confers certain rights on the licensee (known as the authorised user).  These statutory rights permit the licensee to: commence trade mark infringement proceedingsgive […]

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The False Economy of a Will Kit

A clause in a homemade will can appear crystal clear to the person writing the will, yet it can be very ambiguous to another person reading it after the will-maker has died.  Many people think making a homemade will saves money, but they are often wrong. In recent times there has been an increase in […]

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Legal Trivia: Undercover Agents and GST Law

Did you know? For those of our clients who have part time work as an undercover agent for a government law enforcement agency – a valid tax invoice is NOT required to claim an input tax credit for a creditable acquisition if it relates to a reimbursement of an expense relating to your work as an undercover agent.  […]

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Maintaining Privacy Online During Separation

It’s not uncommon for separated couples to remain living ‘separated under the one roof’, particularly during these Covid times when moving out may be even more of a challenge than usual. With no ‘in real life’ property inspections being allowed during Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria, how do you plan a move to a new […]

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Joint Property Ownership & Partitions of Land

We all know that the Family Court of Australia has the power to resolve issues of property ownership between couples. So how is jointly held property dealt with in the case of disagreement between business partners or groups of family or friends that jointly own property? The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), pursuant to […]

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Family Violence Support During Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria

While the reasons to leave your home are now necessarily limited for Melbournians and Mitchell Shire residents during the current Stage 4 pandemic restrictions, it is important to remember that victims of family violence and abuse can leave the home to seek safety.  Unfortunately many Victorians enduring Stage 3 and Stage 4 restrictions have also […]

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Both deeds and agreements are instruments pursuant to which an agreement or deal is put in writing. There are however many differences between a contract and a deed and deciding which document is suitable depends on the circumstances. What is a deed? A deed is a binding promise or commitment to do something. A requirement […]

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Covid 19 employer obligations – confirmed workplace COVID-19 diagnosis must be reported

WorkSafe Victoria has introduced temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations) which commenced on Tuesday 28 July 2020.Previously, employers were not required to notify WorkSafe of an infectious disease in the workplace, unless immediate inpatient treatment is required or the disease is the cause (or suspected cause) of a […]

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