Categories for Reform

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...

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...

Millennials are the NOW wave

1/5/2018
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Changing the business mindset from Boomer property consumer to Millennial property consumer, is here, Don’t lose sleep,  this article might be of assistance. By: BekHayes Conveyancers – are you meeting the needs of your Millennial clients? By Bek Hayes, CEO AICSAOne of the largest generations in history is about to move into its prime spending years. Millennials are poised to reshape the economy; their unique experiences will change the way we buy and sell, forcing companies to examine how they do...

Purchaser’s obligation to pay an amount for GST on taxable supplies of certain real property

27/4/2018
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LCR 2018/D1Purchaser’s obligation to pay an amount for GST on taxable supplies of certain real property “Schedule 5 of Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act 2018 (the Act) introduces provisions that require a purchaser of certain types of real property to make a payment to the Commissioner that represents the GST payable by the vendor. As a consequence, the purchaser then does not have a liability to the vendor for that amount.  Subject to certain exclusions a purchaser’s liability...

GST Withholding – buyer of newly constructed homes & new subdivision properties.

25/1/2018
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Makes me laugh that “the Federal Government will strengthen compliance” BY MAKING OTHER PEOPLE DO THEIR JOB!!!! Yet another coming tax trap for buyers of new properties. GST Withholding.From 1 July 2018, the Federal Government will strengthen compliance with the Goods & Service Tax (GST) law by requiring purchasers of newly constructed residential properties or new subdivisions to remit the GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of settlement. Under the current law (where the GST is included in...

Verified ID to include Buyers & Caveats starting 28/8/17

22/8/2017
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All parties of a Landgate Transfer or Caveat (including withdrawal) documents will need to have verified ID starting 28 August 2017 but in full compliance by 28 February 2018. Self represented parties Verified ID will have an increased cost to consider from 28/8/17. bulletin_no_299.pdf Download File Change to Registrar and Commissioner of Titles’ Joint Practice: Verification of Identity and Authority – fraud mitigationAs foreshadowed and as part of their fraud mitigation strategy, the Western Australian Commissioner of Titles and the...