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COVID-19 Series: Leasing Emergency Declaration Repealed

COVID-19 Series: Leasing Emergency Declaration Repealed

In response to the impact of COVID-19, measures for tenants in relation to leasing were implemented under the Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19. The Code of Conduct applied to some leases covered by the Leases (Commercial and Retail) Act 2001 (ACT), preventing Landowners from taking action against Tenants for […]

COVID-19 Series: An Update to the HomeBuilder Grant

COVID-19 Series: An Update to the HomeBuilder Grant

The HomeBuilder scheme has been updated with additional information published on 13 August 2020. This article provides a summary of the updated information and a complete overview of the scheme as it now stands. What are the HomeBuilder updates? As promised, the HomeBuilder scheme is now available for off-the-plan purchases. The ACT Revenue Office is […]

COVID-19 Series: Lease Variation Charge Concessions

COVID-19 Series: Lease Variation Charge Concessions

The ACT Government announced a recovery package for the construction sector to boost activity after the impact of COVID-19. It aims to encourage projects that are able to progress to commence construction by 31 March 2021. There is a Lease Variation Charge Remission Package available that reduces the Lease Variation Charge by up to 50%, […]

COVID-19 Series: What we know about HomeBuilder (so far)

COVID-19 Series: What we know about HomeBuilder (so far)

The newly announced HomeBuilder scheme aims to boost activity in the construction market in response to the covid-19 crisis. The scheme provides a cash grant of $25,000 to eligible home owner-occupiers, including first home buyers, towards renovating their properties or building a new home. HomeBuilder is available: 👉🏻 for Contracts signed between 4 June 2020 […]

Canberra: E-Conveyancing is finally here!

Canberra: E-Conveyancing is finally here!

The future is now! From 1 July 2019, we implemented electronic contracting for all clients who requested it. On 1 June 2020, ACT legislation commenced that implemented the Electronic Conveyancing National Law and allowed for digitisation of the Land Titles Register. Canberrans will soon be able to experience the delightful convenience of electronic settlements in […]

COVID-19 Series: Remote Witnessing

COVID-19 Series: Remote Witnessing

Alongside the existing e-contracts and e-signing, there have been legislative responses to COVID-19 social distancing that have allowed e-witnessing. For the duration of the pandemic (as declared by the government in the relevant jurisdiction), a document that is required to be witnessed under NSW and ACT law may temporarily be witnessed remotely, by a system […]

COVID-19 Series: Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct

COVID-19 Series: Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct

The ACT Government has passed legislation implementing the National Cabinet’s Mandatory Code of Conduct: SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19 and making the application of those principles compulsory for landowners and tenants covered by the Leases (Commercial and Retail) Act 2001 (ACT). The application of the Code of Conduct affords certain protections to tenants who […]

COVID-19 Series: e-Contracts and e-Signing

COVID-19 Series: e-Contracts and e-Signing

e-Contracts and e-Signing have long been recognised as giving rise to binding legal obligations in a variety of contexts. An electronic contract solution an be deployed in the current environment to keep your business running, ensuring your agreements are documented while still being able to hold distance. With the right advice, you could implement a […]

COVID-19 Series: 19 Questions to Ask About Your Lease

COVID-19 Series: 19 Questions to Ask About Your Lease

Landowners and tenants alike are preparing for the implementation of the National Cabinet’s Mandatory Code of Conduct: SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19 in the ACT. Until the Code of Conduct has been passed into legislation in the ACT, much like the Pirate’s Code, “It’s more a set of guidelines than actual rules.” However, even […]