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Legal articles written by Despina Priala of Priala Legal and published in various newspapers and industry magazines.

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View Northshore Living May 2022 (Issue 15) and read about some of the key topics discussed recently on the Talking Law with Despina Priala Talkback Radio Show, broadcast on 104.1FM and 103.5FM every Thursday morning at 8:30am.

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This article was released in 2013 by Despina Priala on Television Education Network to discusses Off The Plan contracts. "Off the plan contracts continue to cause grief for practitioners. This presentation reviews some recent developments in the area, and visits the perennial traps practitioners need to avoid"

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REAL ESTATE AGENTS BEWARE!!! A recent case in the Qld Supreme Court has determined that a real estate agent was liable for statements made to a purchaser. The statements made included both verbal and written representations by the selling agent prior to a contract of sale being signed.

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This article discusses the new laws that came into force in May 2018 that apply to residential property purchased by foreign buyers that are left vacant. Foreign buyers will no longer be allowed to keep their properties vacant without paying a penalty. A must read for foreign buyers and agents who sell to foreign buyers.

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From the 1 October 2016, the Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty commenced in Queensland. This article explores the laws that came into force that affect all foreign buyers of residential property in Queensland and Australia.

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Despina Priala reveals whether or not forgetful landlords should be worried about going to court. This article explores the possibility of when a landlord can be taken to court by their tenant for lack of maintaining and repairing a property. (Published in Your Investment Property March 2015).

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Despina Priala explains what options a landlord has when they want to increase the rent. Can a landlord increase the rent? Usually, the answer lies within the relevant contract or agreement in place, and often this answer may need to be qualified by relevant legislation in place.

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Queensland’s new real estate law came into effect on 1 December 2014, and with it some significant changes. Despina Priala explains what they are, and what they mean to you as property investors.

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The Bill will have dramatic changes to property law in Qld. The Bill replaces the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (Qld) (PAMDA) and is designed to introduce a more simplified regime for residential property sales.

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Despina Priala explains what options are available to a buyer if the seller dies prior to closing. In the case where a seller dies before settlement, at a practical level, the seller cannot hand over the property title to the buyer. So, then what happens to the sale?

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Changes to Queensland's stamp duty regime will favour investors over homebuyers, especially when buying new properties, published 29 June 2011.

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Where two parties enter into a contract of sale, each party must perform under that contract and carry out certain obligations placed upon them.

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What do you do if you enter into a contract of sale as a buyer, and the seller changes their mind in wanting to sell the property to you?

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In Queensland, the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) governs the relationship between lessor and tenant. Similar legislation would exist in other states.

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A report by Report by Despina Priala on the 24th March 2012 about flood water damage and responsibility.

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With its latest stamp duty changes, has the Queensland government given with one hand and taken away with the other?

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Feature within Gold Coast Bulletin Property section 25th June 2011

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Article on Your Investment Property by Despina Priala about the common traps real estate agents employ through clauses and conditions about inspections.

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Feature within Gold Coast Bulletin Property section on 7th July 2012

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Feature within Gold Coast Bulletin Property section 21st January 2012

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Despina Priala comments on how the removal of the stamp duty concession will affect the market.

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Despina Priala explains how to handle a dispute with neighbours caused by a defective stormwater drain. This is quite an interesting situation. To be able to answer this, we need to go back to the cause of the floodwater damage. It appears that the floodwater damage to the neighbouring property has been caused by a defective drain, and that drain is on Council property.

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