Are you Breaching Pool Safety Laws?

DID you purchase a “portable” pool/spa to help get you through summer? If so, Queensland’s pool safety laws under the Building Act 1975 (Act) may apply. If the structure is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more, has a volume of no more than 2000 litres and has no filtration system, then it may … Read More

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Have you Checked on your PPSR Registrations?

I AM pleased to bring you the first publication of Keeping it Legal, a weekly article on a range of legal topics relevant to individuals and businesses. I am grateful to Walker Pender Group Lawyers and The Queensland Times for supporting this project, aimed at adding value to the community through sharing of legal information. I invite readers to email … Read More

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The Perils of Delaying Your Family Law Property Settlement

As a family lawyer it’s not uncommon for me to encounter people who believe that they cannot do their family law property settlement until they have finalised their divorce. It is important to finalise your family law property settlement as quickly as possible after separation, you can do it as soon as you like, and get divorced as soon as your 12 … Read More

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Neighbourhood Disputes

Trees and fences are a very common cause of disputes between neighbours, and no two situations are exactly alike. Tree disputes are often about the damage they cause to a neighbour’s property, injury from falling branches, or nuisance – leaves blocking gutters or dropping into a neighbour’s pool. Dividing fence disputes are often about the building or upkeep of a … Read More

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New Smoke Alarm Legislation for Tenanted Properties

Smoke alarms save lives. Reports have found that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if properly maintained smoke alarms are installed. Queensland has the most comprehensive smoke alarm legislation in Australia, after coronial recommendations into the tragic death of 11 people in a Slacks Creek house fire in 2011. The Fire and Emergency … Read More

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Top 10 Tax Tips for Investment Properties

Whether you use a tax agent or choose to lodge your tax return yourself, avoiding these common tax mistakes will save you time and money. Keep evidence of your income and expenses over the period you own the property and 5 years from the date when you sold the property. Capital gains tax may apply when you sell your rental … Read More

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New Depreciation Legislation For Australian Property Investors

In one of the most dramatic changes to property depreciation legislation in more than 15 years, Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 as at Wednesday 15th November 2017, with the Bill now legislation. This means owners of second-hand residential properties (after 7:30pm on the 9th of May 2017) can not claim depreciation on plant and … Read More

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