Property and Planning

Preparing for the 2022 Land Tax Year

Paul Jayne 03/02/2022

Despite our Premier, Mr Dominic Perrottet, claiming that “when it comes to our economy and the biggest impediment on economic growth, the number one area for states is taxes”, it appears that land tax is here to stay. Property owners should be aware of how land tax provisions apply to their land holdings and how much it is going to cost them.

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New Water Sharing Planned for the Hunter

Paul Jayne 03/02/2022

Following the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) 10 yearly review of NSW water sharing plans, the NRC has recommended that the Water Sharing Plan for the Hunter Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2009 (NSW) be replaced.

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New rules for Short-Term Rental Accommodation – don’t get caught out over the holidays!

Paul Jayne 11/11/2021

With the upcoming holidays and the easing of travel restrictions, property owners who use their property as a short-term rental accommodation need to be aware of the new rules that came into effect on 1 November 2021.

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Modification of Development Consents

Paul Jayne 07/09/2021

Section 4.55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 allows a landowner/developer to apply to Council to modify a development consent. The power to modify a consent has been described by the Council as beneficial and facultative, but not unconstrained. A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision [Ku-ring-gai Council v Buyozo Pty Ltd (2021) NSWCA 177], has caused some consternation in the development industry. Some industry feedback has been that the modification power is now significantly weakened and developers are no longer able to rely on it to make small adjustments to their projects.

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COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Update for Landlords & Tenants in 2021

Paul Jayne 07/09/2021

COVID-19 continues to impact and complicate our lives in many ways. One of the more recent changes by the NSW Government has been by way of further amendments to retail and commercial leasing. Our Property Team at SWS Lawyers have set out those changes below in order to continue to help our clients navigate this labyrinth.

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