Did you know that checking what telecommunications infrastructure is available is an important step before buying or building your new home?
The Department of Communications and the Arts has recently announced a new policy on the responsibilities of both buyers and developers with regards to telecommunications connection. While the policy is likely to become well known amongst established developers the policy is not a contractual matter in relation to the settlement of property in WA and therefore, if you are subdividing your property or buying land to build your home there’s some important considerations.
Find out more HERE
Source:9th April AICWA eNewsletter
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 2019.
The information provided in this circular is not an exhaustive explanation of the amendments, and reference should be made to the Bill and the Explanatory Memorandum available on the Western Australian Parliament website.
READ MORE HERE
Duty Training Sessions
AICWA will be liaising with OSR to deliver training opportunities to facilitate the Foreign Buyer Duty remittance. Stay tuned for more!
Source:10th October 2018 AICWA e-Newsletter
Just a reminder that GST is now a query of every Residential contract dated on & post 1/7/18.
Not just the obvious ‘new land or new builds’, since ‘New Residential Premises’ under the Taxation administration act, may still be quite aged properties!
“The term ‘new residential premises’ is defined in s 40-75 of the GST Act:
Residential premises are new residential premises if they:
a. have not previously been sold as residential premises and have not previously been the subject of a long-term lease; or
b. have been created through substantial renovations of a building; or
c. have been built, or contain a building that has been built, to replace demolished premises on the same land.”
The AICWA have created a ‘Seller’s Notice to Buyer’ seems to be more direct about if GST is applicable or not?
Either way this new ruling is not well known, nor tested so watch this space as it is likely to develop further as time goes on.
Some highlighted changes to the 2018 version of Joint Form of General Conditions (JFGC), might mean that you could see some differences to the 2011 JFGC.
Please note, we are not lawyers and are merely relaying some discussions as generically covered in an industry forum.
The biggest concern was the 'Lawyers picnic' referenced as clause 9.3, where opposing lawyers could argue just about any outcome they desired, for a breach of warranty.
Service by email still needed to be 'signed' and in writing, so as an attachment to an email is most likely outcome.
The Buyers 'Right to inspect' was arguably removed, unless there was a Seller obligation or condition of the contract, then that additionally included a right to re-inspect, to check if Seller has rectified an identified issue, under the contract.
Early Possession remained the same if under one (1) month. However the REIWA JFGC-18 states that Parties must comply with the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) if Possession was granted for period of one (1) month or more.
Which differs from the RTA which specifies a minimum of three (3) months.
The GST on property transactions measure has been introduced, as schedule 5 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Bill 2018.
The 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. The measure will require the purchaser of newly constructed residential properties of new subdivisions to remit the GST on the purchase price directly to the ATO as part of Settlement for contracts on or after July 1, 2018.
You can access the legislation as introduced along with the explanatory materials by following this link HERE.
Landlords lose thousands in tax savings in new bill
It's no surprise therefore, that a bill slipped through unobtrusively on November 15 when the nation was focussed on the result of the same-sex marriage survey. However, many Australians who have bought a rental property this year or are thinking of buying a rental property will be affected by this change.
New Commonwealth Government legislation came into effect on 1 July 2017 requiring more information to be provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when ownership of a property changes. This applies to all buyers and sellers across Australia. The requirements are a COAG initiative to enable the ATO to develop consistent and comparable datasets in the national database, which will reduce tax error and increase tax compliance.
Every state and territory is implementing the data collection in accordance with individual state legislation. In Western Australia this initiative has been led by Landgate, supported by the Office of State Revenue.
New Charge for Foreign Owners for Empty Properties
Foreign persons who apply for approval to purchase residential property after 9 May 2017 will face a new annual vacancy charge to be imposed if the property is not occupied for at least six months per year.
The charge will be levied annually and will be equivalent to the purchase application fee imposed at the time the property was acquired by the foreign investor.
Details of the new charge can be viewed HERE
FIRB approval for sale of new apartments limited to 50%
Developers selling under a New Dwelling Exemption Certificate issued by FIRB will now
Developers take heed. Update to changes to the Sale of Land Act- means some extra protection for buyers, where property is not yet owned by the developer.
Update to e-Bulletin Issue #66
On 3 April 2017, the Sale of Land Amendment Act 2016 (the Act) came into effect in Western Australia. The legislation introduces greater protections for consumers when signing sales contracts for land that is not yet owned by the developer.
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