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More Paper Forms for Buyers to complete post 1/1/19

19/12/2018
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Foreign Buyers DutyFor transactions executed on or after 1 January 2019, an additional 7% duty will be chargeable on the dutiable value of certain acquisitions of residential property by foreign buyers.Each person acquiring land in Western Australia must complete a foreign buyers declaration form HERE declaring whether they are a foreign person.The Online Duties system will be modified to allow self-assessment of most dutiable transactions that are chargeable with foreign buyers duty.Residential property For the purposes of the foreign buyers duty, residential property...

Who’s responsible: The insurance pitfall at Airbnbs

22/11/2018
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21 November 2018 Sharon Fox-SlaterWhile the Airbnb juggernaut seems to show no signs of slowing, hosts are risking their finances by failing to ensure they have legal liability insurance. The tragic death of a 4-year-old boy and the injury of a 7-year-old girl, who were playing on a homemade swing when it toppled down a slope at a property being rented via Airbnb on the Sunshine Coast in September, raised a question about legal liability at Airbnbs. The incidents shone a...

Foreign Buyers Duty Surcharge

10/10/2018
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CIRCULAR 17 DUTIES ACT 2008 Foreign Buyers Duty The Duties Amendment (Additional Duty for Foreign Persons) Bill 2018 (‘the Bill’) was second read into Parliament on 13 June 2018. The Bill operates to amend the Duties Act 2008 (‘Duties Act’) to impose additional duty on certain transactions involving foreign persons or entities acquiring residential property in Western Australia.These amendments are subject to the passing of the Bill by Parliament and the granting of Royal Assent. The changes are proposed to come into effect on 1 January...

Strata Titles Act Reform update

11/7/2018
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Milestone achieved!The most significant changes to strata in over 20 years have been confirmed following the passage of the Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 and the Community Titles Bill 2018 on 1 November 2018 and 6 November 2018 respectively.What happens now?Landgate’s focus will now be on completing the regulations to support the amended Strata Titles Act 1985 and the new Community Titles Act 2018. Landgate will continue consulting with public, government, industry and community stakeholders on those regulations.How to stay informedFor further information on the reforms, refer...

More RCD’s in new buildings from 1/1/19

12/6/2018
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AICWA members will be aware that since 2007, all new residential premises must be fitted with at least two RCD’s (as per AS/NZS standard 3000:2007) For all domestic dwellings built before 2007, the vendor must arrange for the RCD’s to be installed before transfer of title or prior to the renting/leasing of the premises. A new version of AS/NZS 300 was released on June 26th. ASNZS 3000:2018 will commence on January 1st 2019. The new standard requires an RCD to...

Transfer of Land Act brings changes

12/6/2018
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The amendments to the TLA have achieved a second reading in Parliament.This Bill aims to amend three key areas of the Transfer of Land Act 1893 (TLA). It:1. Modifies the definition of counterpart documents to improve the processing of mortgages electronically;2. Enables electronic service of many types of notice under the TLA; and3. Removes duplicate certificates of title from the conveyancing process, resulting in greater ability to conduct land transactions in a fully electronic environment.In its submission to Landgate AICWA called for...