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THE END OF PAPER CERTIFICATES OF TITLE

THE END OF PAPER CERTIFICATES OF TITLE Thu, 20 Jun 19
The paper certificate of title is the latest casualty in the slow shift towards become a paperless society thanks to the passing of the Land, explosives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 last month. While this will likely be a positive change for those who deal with conveyancing matters regularly, it is a move that is likely to unsettle some of the older members of society, and during its settling in period, is likely to cause some confusion.

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AFFINITY LAWYERS RELOCATION

AFFINITY LAWYERS RELOCATION Mon, 13 May 19
We are pleased to announce that Affinity Lawyers have relocated our office, a short distance, to larger premises, being Suite 8/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay Gold Coast. The paramount consideration in the relocation decision, was the ability to remain up on the Northern Gold Coast, thereby enabling convenience and exceptional service levels, while continuing our expansion to meet the needs and expectations of our clients.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL LEASES AND RETAIL SHOP LEASES?

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL LEASES AND RETAIL SHOP LEASES? Mon, 1 Apr 19
We have many clients based on the Gold Coast and State-wide who are expanding into or starting a commercial enterprise and although it’s an exciting time when you are starting a business and seeking commercial premises, or when you purchase commercial premises and are looking for your first retail tenant, there are some important things to be aware of in relation to Commercial Leases and Retail Shop Leases in Queensland. It is most certainly not the case that a Commercial Lease or Retail Shop Lease is one size fits all, and it is vitally important that the document that you sign contains all of the clauses that you need, and that those clauses which are overly onerous, or do not apply are removed.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Fri, 11 Jan 19
We trust that all of our valued clients, colleagues and associates have had a wonderful break, and are ready to charge into the new year full speed ahead. Affinity Lawyers would like to extend well wishes to you all for a happy, safe and prosperous 2019, and we look forward to working with you in the near future. As always, our experienced and professional staff are on hand to assist with all of your legal enquiries or to provide you with specific advice in a broad range of legal areas, including but not limited to, employment law, family law, conveyancing (buying and selling), commercial property and leasing, litigation and of course, wills and estate planning.

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AIRBNB AND BODY CORPORATES

AIRBNB AND BODY CORPORATES Tue, 11 Dec 18
The ability for unit owners to rent out their units for short term accommodation via sites such as ‘Airbnb’ or ‘Stayz’ has long been a grey area, with many body corporates attempting to stop these types of rentals from happening by attempting to enforce by-laws which have been explicitly drafted to exclude short term rentals. It has been an ongoing tug-of-war between unit owners and Body Corporates, with each vying for the ‘winning’ position. It appears that the ‘winner’ has now been determined, and the recent decision of the Body Corporate for Hilton Park CTS 27490 v. Colin Robertson [2018] by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has provided clarity for unit owners by ruling that they are legally entitled to offer their units for short-term rentals (through schemes such as Airbnb or Stayz) and that any attempt made by the Body Corporate to restrict such use by way of a by-law or other means is invalid and will not be enforceable.

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SETTING UP A NEW COMPANY OR BUSINESS?

SETTING UP A NEW COMPANY OR BUSINESS? Fri, 9 Nov 18
With the year drawing to a close, it is the perfect time for an assessment of our life, health and career choices. It is unsurprising then that we often see a significant increase in the number of new companies and business endeavours which are launched at the start of a new year. At Affinity Lawyers, our Gold Coast Lawyers understand the thrill, anticipation and stress that often comes with setting up a new Company or business. Unfortunately, we are also well aware of the pitfalls and traps which can trip you up if they are not considered properly, or worse, are not contemplated at all.

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FRANCHISING

FRANCHISING Fri, 3 Aug 18
Franchising is essentially the relationship between two parties/business entities where one party is owner of a business who supplies goods and services, and grants a right for the other party to market and distribute the business’s product in the marketplace. The legal framework concerning franchises and franchising is highly complex, and our experienced and professional Gold Coast Lawyers are able to provide you with comprehensive, tailored legal advice relating to all aspects of franchising and franchise law if you are considering purchasing a franchise, including (but not limited to): • the most appropriate structure for your franchised business;

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LEASING BUSINESS PREMISES

LEASING BUSINESS PREMISES Fri, 3 Aug 18
If you are running a business, chances are you are doing so from leased commercial premises, or if you are in the process of establishing a business, then you may be seeking to lease commercial premises upon commencement of your business. Commercial property generally includes offices, workshops, warehouses, industrial units, retail shops, storage premises and other non-residential property.

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ARE YOU SELLING A BUSINESS? WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

ARE YOU SELLING A BUSINESS? WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Fri, 3 Aug 18
If you are selling your business or are in the process of same, there are many things to consider to ensure that the transaction is smooth and hassle-free. Obtaining professional legal advice in relation to the sale is crucial to maximise the prospects of a worry free transaction. It may be beneficial to obtain legal advice in relation to: • any special conditions that you may want to have drafted to be included in the Contract of Sale;

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PROPERTY TRANSACTION CHANGES FROM 1 JULY 2018

PROPERTY TRANSACTION CHANGES FROM 1 JULY 2018 Wed, 4 Jul 18
We have previously written about the numerous changes to the Additional Foreign Acquirers Duty for property purchases in Australia by foreigners, and several of the major changes stemming from the 2017 budget have come into effect on 1 July 2018. As a result of the mid-year fiscal economic review, it is expected that the foreign acquirer duty rate is going to increase from the current 3% to 7%. Transitional arrangements for contracts entered into before 1 July 2018 but settling after that date have not yet been confirmed, and accordingly, foreign persons intending on purchasing property in Queensland should consider the timing of their transactions in light of the recent changes.

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