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Vacant Residential Land Tax is Here

The purpose behind this tax was to address the Government’s concern about the number of properties being left vacant across Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs. The tax applies to properties located in a select number of Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs (Details of suburbs affected can be obtained from the State Revenue Office’s website). The tax will be charged at a rate of 1 per cent of the capital improved value of taxable land and...
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Owners Corporation / Owners Corporations & Strata

What is the True Cost of Not Asking the Right Questions at the Right Time?

The recent Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal case of Dunn v Owners Corporation 446158A (Owners Corporations) [2017] VCAT 1893 tells the tale of an Owners Corporation for a multi-storey apartment building at 1 Roy Street, Melbourne VIC 3004, which involved: Discovering a building defect in the terrace of an apartment on Level 7 of the building that was allegedly caused by defective domestic building work carried by the original builder of the development; Commencing building...
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Property & Development

Joining forces with neighbours: Maximise the sale value of your property

There are of course the usual suggestions such as re-painting, undertaking minor works, hiring furniture and “sprucing” up your house. However, an alternative method may be to combine with a neighbour or neighbours and sell your properties jointly. A joint sale can work in any context but is often done where there are a block of old units or townhouses or two or more houses that can be sold together. The usual buyer is a...
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Family Law

What did you call me? The process of changing a child’s name at law

One common example is when the mother retains primary care of a child who has historically carried the father’s surname and wants to hyphenate or change the child’s surname to reflect her own. In Victoria, the process of changing a name is governed by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996. If both of the parents listed on the child’s birth certificate agree to the change, or if the child legally has only one...
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