Spot On Conveyancing wishes you a Merry Christmas and an outstanding year in 2018
At Spot On, we are proud to offer first-rate conveyancing services to people across a broad swathe of south-east Queensland. This year, we saw growth that meant we helped a record number of clients with buying and selling property of all kinds from the New South Wales border along the Gold Coast and Logan, west to Ipswich and all the way through Brisbane and north to Hervey Bay. We are proud of the diversity of our clients, and of our consistent record in client satisfaction.
A prosperous – and home-owning – year for all in 2018
In case you missed our good news story for first home buyers, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made an election promise to extend the $20,000 Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant by six months until midnight of 30 June 2018 for contracts on off-the-plan or newly constructed dwellings. At the time of writing, the campaign promise had yet to be enacted, but we feel confident the re-elected Labor state government will be keen to honour their pledge. We will keep you abreast of developments in the new year.
Priority notices and energy efficiency
Other news we kept you in the loop about this year included changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (Cth) (the BEED Act); and the Land and Other Legislation Act 2016 (the LOLA Act).
In line with changing community and industry standards, the BEED Act now requires most sellers and lessors of offices larger than 1000m2 to obtain a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC). The program aims to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s commercial buildings and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BEECs are issued by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and Spot On Conveyancing can help you with enquiries about obtaining one or any of your other new obligations under the BEED Act.
A separate development in conveyancing news this year were the changes to the LOLA Act which became law on 30 March. From 1 January 2018, the current Queensland Settlement Notices will be replaced by Priority Notices. The function of the new notices remains similar but with broader application, affecting buyers and sellers. Please contact us for expert advice in how the changes may affect you.
Staying safe and scam-wise
Less good news was the reach of sophisticated scams into the realm of conveyancing. Interstate incidents were reported of scammers hacking emails to misrepresent themselves to clients as their conveyancer and directing the client to deposit large sums of money into bogus accounts.
Spot On Conveyancing would like to take the opportunity to warn clients never to act on email requests for money from us or from anyone, and to report such suspicious activity immediately.
We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season, and a peaceful and prosperous year in 2018.