Are there any recent cases about a mortgagee's duty of good faith in selling secured property in pandemic times?

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The Supreme Court of Queensland (Holmes CJ) has recently considered the duty of a mortgagee in selling a secured property in uncertain economic times (ie during a pandemic). In HSBC Bank Australia Ltd v Wang & Ors [2021] QSC 58, the Court considered an application to remove a caveat lodged by

Can I enforce an unregistered restrictive covenant?

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In Paragreen v Lim Group Holdings P/L [2020] VSCA 84, the Court of Appeal (Tate, Kaye and Niall JJA) examined whether the respondent could enforce an unregistered restrictive covenant over a laneway against registered proprietors of land which included part of the laneway. 

Background facts

The applicants were the registered proprietors of a property in

How does the Supreme Court determine whether modification of a restrictive covenant would substantially injure those entitled to the benefit of the covenant?

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1.     In Foudoulis v O’Donnell [2020] VSC 248, the Supreme Court (Mukhtar As J) considered the approach to be taken by the Court in assessing whether a proposal to modify a restrictive covenant would substantially injure the persons entitled to the benefit of the covenant.

 

2.     The plaintiff was the registered proprietor of a

When will I be able to appeal successfully from the dismissal of application to remove caveat under section 90(3) of the Transfer of Land Act?

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1.     The Court of Appeal (Beach, Kyrou and Kaye JJA), considered whether the Trial Judge erred in dismissing an application to remove a caveat under section 90(3) of the TL Act (see Chan and anor v Liu and anor [2020] VSCA 28).

 

2.     The appeal did not of itself make any

When will a hand-written licence to occupy premises in a contract of sale of real estate be enforceable?

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1.     In CAG Company P/L v Cheruku and anor [2020] VCC 13, the County Court (Marks J) considered the interpretation of a handwritten clause in a contract of sale of real estate allowing the purchaser to take possession of the property being sold 5 and 1/2 months before settlement.

 

2.     The plaintiff agreed to

Can I claim compensation from a lawyer who lodges a caveat on behalf of his or her client?

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1.     In Lanciana v Alderuccio [2020] VSCA 152, the Court of Appeal in a joint judgment (Tate, Hargrave and Emerton JJA) considered the circumstances in which it may be appropriate to order that a solicitor pay compensation under section 118 of the Transfer of Land Act 1958 in respect of a caveat lodged on behalf

Who is responsible when external cladding fails in an apartment tower during a fire?

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In early 2019, in a judgment that ran to 647 paragraphs, County Court Judge Woodward, sitting as a Vice President at VCAT, had to deal with a claim following a fire at a residential tower in Melbourne that occurred due to faulty cladding (see: Owners Corporation No.1 of PS613436T v LU Simon Builders

The Sale of Land Amendment Bill has been reintroduced into the Victorian Parliament

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Further to my post about this issue on 30 January 2019 (see: https://melbournepropertylaw.blogspot.com/2019/01/what-amendments-are-proposed-to-sale-of.html), the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 was reintroduced into the Victorian Parliament on 20 March 2019 and had it second reading in the  lower house (the Legislative Assembly) on 21 March 2019.

It is expected to be passed when the

What amendments are proposed to the Sale of Land Act 1962 relating to sunset clauses and sales off the plan?

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The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2018 was passed by the Victorian Legislative Assembly and introduced into the Victorian Legislative Council on 20 September 2018. However, with the Victorian state election in November 2018, the legislation lapsed. 

As the state government was re-elected (with an increased majority), I expect that the legislation will