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Tasmania closer to letting renters keep pets

Tenants will be allowed to keep pets without the owner’s consent in most circumstances, once the bill, currently...
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Tax and Airbnb: What you need to know

Airbnb is a hero of the sharing economy. By matching property owners with potential guests, it’s an alternative...
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Which NSW councils will be using AI to fast-track DAs?

The NSW government’s plan to use AI to speed up development approvals has entered the trial phase.
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Tax planning: Critical things investors can do to maximise returns and minimise liabilities

As a property investor or home buyer, tax planning is crucial. Done correctly, it can significantly enhance your...
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WA planning reforms will cut back red tape

Western Australians looking to undertake small residential projects can now undergo a simpler approval process.
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WA’s STRA register is now open

Owners who register their holiday let properties by September 2024 will get to skip the $250 annual registration fee.
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Engineered stone is now banned: What property owners need to know

A nationwide ban on engineered stone has now come into effect. If you have a contract to have the material installed,...
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ACT cracks down on ‘dodgy building’ with new developer laws

The ACT’s Property Developers Bill will hold developers accountable for poor-quality residential work.
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WA building supervisor cops $40k fine for negligence on residential construction

Repairs to the properties will reportedly cost millions.
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SA’s new rental laws are now in effect

The most significant reforms to South Australia’s residential tenancy laws in decades come into play today, 1 July.
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Government and strata sector make big moves to clean up act

A recent scandal involving one of the nation’s biggest strata management firms has led the NSW government as well as...
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ACT cracks down on landlord loophole being used to raise rents

New legislation that has just passed Parliament in the ACT will tighten the territory’s regulation of rental...
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Tasmania puts pets front-and-centre of new rental proposals

The Tasmanian government has announced a series of changes to tenancy laws to fulfil its election cycle promises.
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ACT home buyers to save thousands on stamp duty 

The 2024–25 budget handed down by the ACT government on 25 June has substantially changed the territory’s home...
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Property owners to pay for NSW emergency services, state confirms

Despite pushback from the housing industry, NSW appears set on its plans to shift emergency services funding from the...
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Blind cord safety to be mandated in Victorian rentals 

The state government is currently consulting on new minimum rental standards that largely target energy efficiency, but...
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50k properties to be caught by higher taxes in NSW

Some of the tax settings changes announced in the state budget could see investors park their money elsewhere,...
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NSW budget: Taxes targeting property and new home funding

With NSW home to the capital with the highest median home price in the country, the cost of housing has been an issue...
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Evictions in spotlight as executive asks ‘what is reasonable grounds?’

With the state government opening consultation around evictions, a property investment leader has voiced concerns over...
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Faulty work on Perth property lands electrician with $15k fine

An electrician whose work was deemed to have failed safety standards has copped a significant fine.
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