In the 2017 budget, the Federal government announced a new GST withholding regime to be applied to all residential developments. Draft legislation was released late 2017 providing a glimpse into some significant changes for developers (in particular) and buyers alike. GST on residential property sales – the current situation Sales of new residential properties (i.e.
Option Agreements, also referred to as buy/sell agreements or put and call option agreements, provide a party with the right, but not a definite obligation to buy a property or asset. They have a wide variety of uses, including for real property, businesses or business assets and as tools for succession planning. This article focuses
I often see people assuming that conveyancing contracts are all standard and everything will work out fine. It is only when things go wrong and everyone is running for the exits that the paperwork suddenly assumes central importance. Special conditions and contract law have developed over hundreds of years, and the basic principles are good
Borrowing money to buy property through an SMSF is not new, but is often not well understood. Where an SMSF borrows to buy property, it must be done through what is known as a ‘limited recourse borrowing arrangement’. What is a Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangement? A SMSF is prohibited from borrowing money and granting security
In some contracts, a deposit paid by a Buyer is expressed to be ‘non-refundable’. A ‘non-refundable’ deposit can make a contract an instalment contract with unintended consequences. What is an Instalment contract? In most land contracts in Queensland, the Buyer will pay a deposit that is held by the ‘stakeholder’ (usually the agent or Seller’s
What are pre-lease promises and what can happen? Promises made by landlords and leasing agents during lease negotiations can later provide a tenant with legal rights, even if the promise did not form part of the actual lease document. The landlord can later be forced to deliver on the promise or be liable to pay
Where do you start with property development? Many people outside the property industry would like to get ahead by successfully developing property, but don’t know where to start. With proper planning and the right property, taking the step into property development can be rewarding in the long term, as well as leveraging your equity in