Extension for Pool Compliance Certificates

Written by: Tracey Richardson

In a media release sent out by Paul Toole, Minister for Local Government on 26 February 2015, it was advised that “pool owners will be granted a 12-month extension to make sure they have a valid compliance certificate before the property can be sold or leased.” This means that if you are selling or leasing your property you do not need to attach a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate to the Contract for Sale of Land until 29 April 2016. The extension until 29 ... Read More

Does Your Pool Comply with NSW Laws?

Written by: T. Richardson

If you have property with a swimming or spa pool; you’re probably well aware by now of the need to obtain a certificate of compliance to sell or lease the property after 29 April 2015. You could be forgiven for thinking that April seems a long way off…  But it’s worth keeping in mind that, with the number of inspections and work required, it can take around 3 months or longer to obtain a certificate of compliance. Avoid the rush – if you have a ... Read More

Fixed Lease Versus Continuing Lease

Written by: T. Richardson

When a tenant signs a lease agreement, they sign for a fixed period (e.g. 6 or 12 months).   When the fixed period ends the tenant can stay on for a period with no ending date – a continuing lease - or they can sign a new fixed period. What is best fixed or continuing lease?  There are advantages for both. A fixed lease secures the tenancy for a certain period giving both landlords and tenants peace of mind (although the lease can be broken in certain circums ... Read More

Pets and Rental Properties

Written by: T. Richardson

As a landlord, should you allow pets in your rental property? What are the pros and cons? Tenants may present with a variety of pets - dogs and cats are the most common. Over the years we have seen some really unusual pets such as mice, ferrets, and snakes... Dogs are a really common pet for tenants of houses. Dogs come with a long list of reasons why you may choose not to allow them: they bark, chew, ruin the grass, bring fleas and can leave a bad smell... Cats are sometimes ... Read More