Developers to offer design collaboration with community
through 'urban pinboard'
When developers plan new housing projects in the future, they
might go directly to locals to explain their schemes, and show
sketches of what they'll look like, to receive community
feedback before going anywhere near council (29 April
Strata reform low-hanging fruit for Qld
The Property Council of Australia has called on the Queensland
Government to follow the lead of NSW and Western Australia by
reforming body corporate legislation to unlock latent potential in
the state's economy. Under Queensland's Body Corporate and
Community Management Act 1997, the unanimous consent of all the lot
holders in a community title scheme is required to terminate a
scheme and allow the site to be sold for redevelopment (04 May
In practice and courts
Registrar of Titles directions for the preparation of
The Registrar of Titles directions for the preparation of plans
were updated on 27 April 2016. A list of updates is available
Land title practice manual
From 1 May 2016, the Land Title Practice Manual will outline new
requirements applicable to all instruments and documents executed
and witnessed outside Australia, including all Titles Registry
forms and powers of attorney which are lodged for registration.
Read more about the changes in Titles Registry Alert Issue
Fuentes v Bondi Beachside Pty Ltd  NSWSC
CONTRACT — Contract for the sale of land —
Vendor's consent required prior to purchaser assigning,
novating or otherwise disposing of its interest in the agreement or
the property — Sub-sale contract entered into without
vendor's consent — Vendor terminated contract for breach
— Whether sub-sale a breach of contract – whether an
essential breach – no evidence of vendor's suffering
damage – purchaser entitled to order for specific performance
– vendor entitled to nominal damages.
Sydney Developments Pty Limited v Perry Properties Pty
Limited  NSWSC 515
REAL PROPERTY – contracts for the sale of land –
deposits – purchaser required to make two payments of ten per
cent of purchase price as deposits – essential condition
– purchaser fails to make second payment – vendor
terminates contract and forfeits the first payment – whether
condition a penalty – whether termination a wrongful
repudiation – whether deposit should be repaid to
Popescu v A & B Castle Pty Ltd  VSC
REAL PROPERTY – Application to remove caveat –
Whether estate or interest in land – Whether equitable charge
created – Landscaping work – Unpaid debt –
Romalpa clause regarding materials used – No serious question
to be tried – Caveat disproportionate – Balance of
convenience favours removal of caveat – Transfer of Land Act
1958 s 90(3). More...
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