Legal Articles

In a previous article I discussed the importance of the residence rules (“Retirement Village Residence Rules – What You Should Know“). I’d now like to discuss what happens in the situation where there has been a breach of the residence rules but the breach is allowed to continue – where enforcing the rights of retirement… Read more »

Facebook Defamation

by | Defamation

A recent case in the South Australian District Court, Johnston v Aldridge confirmed that the old ‘notice board rule’ applies to online secondary publishers and Facebook defamation.  Just as the golf club was liable for defamatory material posted on its notice board once it had been brought to their notice; just as Google had a… Read more »

If you are considering moving into a retirement village you should carefully consider the residence rules. All residents are entitled to peaceful enjoyment of their retirement village unit. The units are located in close proximity to each other therefore it is imperative that the residents have regard to the comfort and peaceful co-existence of their… Read more »

We have spoken before about the critical 21 day time limit of a statutory demand (see: “How to deal with a Statutory Demand” and “Statutory Demand: the 21 day guillotine”) which is often ignored by a debtor company and generally results in payment of the debt, costs and interest. Debtor Company Has 21 Days to… Read more »

Unfortunately it is not uncommon for landlords to encounter problems with tenants who do not pay rent on time.  To make matters worse, this type of tenant is often late with rent payment and often won’t pay until they have received multiple requests from the landlord or their managing agent.  In my experience, no amount… Read more »

Option to Renew Commercial Lease

by | Property & Leases

The Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995 (“Act“) provides that a lease governed by the Act must have a minimum term of 5 years including options. The parties to the lease, and particularly the tenant, may not want to commit to a 5 year term so an option to renew the lease will provide the… Read more »

Buying a Franchise – Pros and Cons

by | Franchises

Thinking about buying a franchise? There are several factors that need to be considered. What’s good and what’s bad about a franchise? Franchises – The Good 1. The business is already up and running There will be an initial outlay of money for the franchise but the purchaser/s should hit the ground running. There shouldn’t… Read more »

Statutory Wills in South Australia

by | Wills & Estate Planning

In order to validly make a Will, a testator must have testamentary capacity.  Section 7 of the Wills Act, 1936 empowers the Supreme Court of South Australia to authorise a Will to be made on behalf of a person who lacks testamentary capacity, in certain circumstances.  Such Wills are known as a Statutory Wills. In… Read more »

Retirement villages provide accommodation for older people who wish to live independently but in a communal setting. It is important to understand that a retirement village is not an aged care facility and is not suitable to accommodate people with dementia or other illness where a high level of care is required.  Residents who become… Read more »

A contract for the sale and purchase of a small business should not be completed unless a Vendor’s Statement, also known as a Form 2, has been provided to the purchaser. The Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 (“Act“) and the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Regulations 2010 (“Regulations“) set out the… Read more »

A Retirement Village Deferred Management Fee (“DMF”) is the single largest expense associated with a retirement village contract. Because it is such a large expense it needs to be properly understood. What is a Deferred Management Fee? The DMF is the fee charged by the retirement village operator to generate income. That income is used for… Read more »

Property Co-ownership Agreements

by | Property & Leases

Where two or more people own property, there needs to be complete understanding between the parties regarding their respective rights and obligations. This is particularly important when the co-owners are not married. Very often, the parties will assume they share the same views on how a property is to be maintained and whether or not… Read more »

Retirement Village Disputes

by | Retirement Villages

Retirement Village disputes will inevitably arise from time to time. It is a byproduct of communal living. The disputes can be between the residents or between the residents and the retirement village operator. The residence contract will set out the procedure for resolving these disputes. Retirement Village Disputes between neighbours The Residence Rules, which form… Read more »

Defamation: Malice – When is it Important?

by | Defamation

If someone defames you, legal liability generally doesn’t depend upon whether that was malicious or not. It generally doesn’t matter if it was intentional or not.  (Actual malice can be relevant to damages, however, as an aggravating element). Malice irrelevant Bill sends a general-public Facebook message that says “Mike Savile is a pedo”. Mike sues… Read more »

Is it necessary to obtain legal advice before signing a Retirement Village contract? A prospective resident will notice a statement on the Retirement Village contract documents recommending that legal and financial advice be obtained. This statement must be included to comply with South Australian legislative requirements (Retirement Villages Act, 2016 – s21(2)(c)(iii)). The statement alludes… Read more »