Property & Leases Articles

Retirement Villages are increasingly becoming a preferred mode of accommodation for senior Australians.  In South Australia the Retirement Villages Act 2016 came into force on 1 January 2018. The new Act sets out the rights and obligations of residents and retirement village operators, and specifies information which must be provided to a prospective resident in… Read more »

Lawyers Adelaide Beger & Co Lawyers Adelaide provide legal services in a wide number of areas.  These range through personal and business legal matters for our clients. Some of our more commonly requested legal services include: Wills and Estate Lawyers Adelaide A large part of our legal practice’s activity is acting as wills and estate… Read more »

Acquiring Land By Time

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In South Australia, we follow the Torrens title system as devised by the great Sir Robert Torrens.  In essence, this means a person with an interest and estate in land acquires it by registration.  Thus the Torrens title system is referred to as ‘title by registration’ rather than ‘registration of title.’ A person with a… Read more »

Recently, Beger & Co Lawyers acted for commercial tenants who were being evicted by their landlord because their lease arrangements were coming to an end.  Despite vigorous opposition by the landlord, our clients won a Court Order to extend their lease term so that they can stay in their shop for at least 5 years…. Read more »

Can you keep extending a commercial lease? Of course a landlord and tenant can, either by the tenant duly exercising a right of renewal in the tenancy agreement itself, or, when that runs out, by agreement between landlord and tenant for a formal extension. The same terms can be retained, subject to agreed variations on matters… Read more »

If you’re a tenant seeking commercial space, or a landlord leasing commercial space, note that the policy of the Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995 is to give commercial tenants a minimum of 5 years, whatever the lease says. Sections 20B (1) and (2) of the Act state: “(1) The term for which a retail shop… Read more »

When the average yield for a 3 bed house in Adelaide is around 4.5%, is it really possible to buy an average 3 bedder that grosses 15% or higher? Yes it is! But of course, there’s a unique business model behind this strategy. One of my long term clients, Melinda Mayne, bought a very ordinary… Read more »

Welcome to Part 2 of my “Commercial Lease Negotiation Essentials” which looks at some other things that landlords and tenants should consider before signing an Agreement to Lease.  Lease terms are important to landlords for a number of reasons including that the value of the property will is directly related to the strength of the… Read more »

Unfortunately, as lawyers, we are usually asked to prepare or advise on Commercial Leases, Director Guarantees and Disclosure Statements after lease negotiations are complete and the parties have already committed to an Agreement to Lease (which is generally binding irrespective of whether a final lease is executed).   We can add significantly more value during (or preferably… Read more »

There have been several recent developments in building law relevant to anyone involved in a building dispute in South Australia. Security for payments In recent years, SA has adopted a security for payments system that fast tracks payments and limits disputes (in commercial building matters). This means that a builder in an appropriate case can… Read more »

Unfortunately, in the rush to start a new business or enter a franchise, many clients seek advice after they have already signed an ‘Agreement to Lease’ or ‘Lease Proposal’.  These documents are often binding and not capable of further negotiation!  It is vital to receive independent legal advice before signing anything. The reasons documents are… Read more »

From 28 April 2014, the Registrar-General of the South Australian Lands Titles Office implemented the Verification of Identity Policy, introduced to minimise the risk of land title fraud and other improper land title dealings. This is also the first of many steps in the leadup to electronic conveyancing in South Australia. Verification of Identity in… Read more »

A right to “cool-off” is a contractual or statutory right which gives a party to an otherwise binding contract the right to change their mind during a certain period of time.  Provided that the cooling off notice is given strictly in accordance with the relevant procedure, the contract will come to an end.  Generally speaking,… Read more »

Like all legal fictions, the most common forms of land ownership seem deceptively simple but in fact they can be quite complicated. Anna Pantelios provides a useful outline of the differences between joint tenancy and tenants-in-common from a conveyancing perspective in her article “Joint Tenants or Tenants-in-Common?” but confusion continues.  The legal consequences of getting… Read more »

Purchasing a Company Title, Cross Lease or Moiety Title in South Australia is not as straight forward as buying a property that has its own title under the Torrens title system. It is not for everyone. The first hurdle to overcome is to make sure you have a clear understanding of what you are about… Read more »