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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

  • Residential Sale and Purchase Agreements during COVID-19 Lockdown

    1 April 2020

    We have received a number of enquiries about the impact that the current lockdown will have on vendors and purchasers presently considering either the sale or purchase of residential property during this time. Amidst the uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to our daily lives, there is some good news for these individuals.Whilst physical inspections are not presently possible, many of the real estate agents we work with are devising innovative ways of facilitating open homes, including by way of video-link ...

  • Body Corporate Meetings in Lockdown

    1 April 2020

    The Unit Titles Act 2010 provides for (and most importantly does not prevent) the day-to-day business and decision-making processes of bodies corporate to continue remotely while we are in lockdown: decisions can be made by the body corporate or body corporate committee without holding meetings under section 104 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 postal votes can be counted to achieve a quorum at general meetings owners can make postal votes at general meetings; and committee meetings can be held by telephone or video ...

  • Changes for Residential Landlords and Tenants

    31 March 2020

    The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 has been amended from 26 March 2020 by the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Amendment Act 2020.The key changes for residential landlords and tenants are: rent is fixed at the current rate for 6 months (rent freeze) landlords cannot terminate a tenancy within the next 3 months unless both parties agree or in limited specific circumstances, regardless of when the notice was given – this may affect some tenancies that were due to terminate, and also affects ...

  • Employment Law and COVID-19

    31 March 2020

    The forced closure of non-essential business premises and changes to how essential businesses operate to avoid and mitigate the risks of COVID-19 has had and will continue to have a significant effect on employers and their employees. Changes to employment arrangements required to comply with the Government’s orders have seen a lot of people shift to working from home, and others unable to work at all. We have had queries from employers and employees alike querying employers’ obligations to pay ...

  • Frustration and Force Majeure

    31 March 2020

    The COVID-19 Coronavirus has caused significant disruption to the global commercial landscape, not least with regard to the performance of contractual obligations.Force MajeureMany commercial contracts contain a “force majeure” clause dealing with termination or discharge of the contract in cases of emergency or inability to perform due to other circumstances outside the parties’ control. Whether a force majeure clause has been triggered by COVID-19 or the responses implemented under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006 depends on the particular wording of ...

  • What Happens if I Trade Whilst Insolvent?

    31 March 2020

    The lockdown has caused many directors to consider whether they run the risk of breaching the Companies Act 1993 by trading whist insolvent.Australia has recently announced an insolvent trading “safe harbour” for companies and directors by way of a 6 month moratorium on insolvent trading liability for debts incurred in the ordinary course of the company’s business. Directors’ duties otherwise continue to apply, and companies are expected to work with creditors to address any issues at an early stage. Additionally, ...