Bidding Wars Between Would-Be Tenants

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au  Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper has reported that tenancy advocacy groups are warning that bidding wars between desparate tenants are causing havoc in the Queensland rental market. This fiercely competitive market, the groups claim, has been hit hard by low vacancy rates and high property prices. Queensland Shelter’s Adrian Pisarski told The Courier’s housing reporter, Amanda Horswill, that a shortage of properties was forcing would-be...

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Enlightenment On Illegal Structures

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au  At last a penny has dropped in Queensland on the perennial issue of illegal structures. One enlightened local government authority has produced a brochure to alert residential sellers and buyers alike to the problems of illegal garages, carports, roofed pergolas and patios, decks, garage conversions, downstairs toilets, spas and pools – all too often added without requisite council approvals or inspections, but invariably not...

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Auctioneer Booed!

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by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate   Consumers are starting to wake up! Finally the market has turned on an auctioneer, and refused to be manipulated. Although it was tucked away on page 5 of yesterday’s Sunday Herald-Sun newspaper (Sunday Herald-Sun p.5 4 March, 2007), this small article, titled “Auction booed”, indicates that consumers are growing tired of the artificial manipulation of the the real...

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Real Estate Best Practice – Introduction

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by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate “The real estate industry is a dishonest industry!” This simple statement will be regarded by some as a serious and unjustified attack on a powerful and well-established industry, and by others as a trite truism. In coming posts we will put the real estate industry under the microscope and examine it in a way that has never before been...

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Counterfeit Certificates of Title

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A warning issued by the by the Law Society of New South Wales The Law Society of New South Wales has received advice from the Registrar General that LPI Sydney has again intercepted counterfeit Certificates of Title lodged with mortgage documentation. The counterfeit title is an accurate representation of the form used prior to the new form of Certificate introduced in January 2004. It is extremely difficult to identify the counterfeit without careful examination and...

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Witnesses Beware!

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   A recent court decision in New South Wales rings warning bells to all those asked to witness property documents. The law is familiar, the Court of Appeal judge remarked, with cases where someone forges a property owner’s signature on a mortgage, induces someone else to witness the forgery then borrows money on that security. “Often the forger has been the husband of an...

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Estate of despair behind the tricks

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   SOLD! This review on a play about real estate agents is a must read. Perhaps the play could be made into an information video for real estate consumers. (Old Fitzroy Theatre, February 8 Until March 3) “SET in the competitive bearpit of an office for commission-hungry real estate agents, this new Australian play is less concerned with real estate than with the inner wellbeing of people caught in a world obsessed with the empirical...

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Were Hoges & Linda Dudded By A Dodgy Agent?

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   (An open letter to movie actors Paul and Linda Hogan) Dear Mr & Mrs Hogan, You don’t know me, although I’ve been a big fan of Paul’s since his television comedy days and I’ve long liked Linda’s movie work. Anyhow, I wanted to bring to your attention some interesting legal issues relating to the sale a few years back of your multi-million dollar...

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Hey Jude, You Were A True Battler For The Battlers

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   My friend and colleague Judy Teitzel died shortly before Christmas last year. She was only 45 years of age. Few lawyers would be as outraged on behalf of disadvantaged clients, as solicitor Judy once was, to accuse a government of “gutter tactics”. Even fewer would, as Judy once did, describe a Fair Trading Minister as the minister for “unfair trading”. No wonder, when...

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Beware Of Property Fraudsters

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   A while ago Australian Property Investor magazine reported on the fraudulent and illegal practices of “jacked” real estate contracts and secret “rebates” on sale prices. The ABC’s Four Corners programme has also exposed the same scams. At the very time the API edition was on newsagents’ shelves real estate agent, David Kelly, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates court charged...

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