Article 1: Do I need a COVID QR code? 

At present QR codes are only mandatory for certain businesses.  While office based businesses are currently not included in this list, given the nature of the virus, this could change overnight.

To be registered, a business must have an appropriate a COVID Safe Plan and register with ServiceNSW. at which time a QR code for your business will be issued. Even if this is something you don’t wish to do right now, keep the link below handy in case it is needed.

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Article 2: Real Property Amendment (Certificates of Title Bill 2020) 

ORG has released the draft exposure Bill for public consultation

The purpose of the Bill is to allow for 100% electronic lodgment of land transactions and move away from paper-based processes including the abolition of paper titles.

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Article 3: New dealings to be mandated from March 2021 

On 21 December last, the Registrar General’s Office announced the list of dealings to be made mandatory from 21 March.  See the link below for details.  The list of documents is behind the dropdown box headed “Batch 1”.  The list can also be found in the LRS website announcements here

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Article 4: Strata legislation review 

The Government has commenced a wide-ranging review of the laws affecting strata schemes under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015.

Public consultation is now open and will close on 7 March 2021.

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Article 5: PEXA’s Cyber 101 

PEXA has published this Security 101 resource for the benefit of its subscribers. It contains an overview of the current industry security climate, how to navigate phishing scams, common scenarios identified by the community and general tips and tricks.

Knowledge Bank:Double Bay Bowling Club v Council of the Municipality of Woollahra trading as Woollahra Municipal Council [2020] NSWSC 1861

Extinguishment of restrictive covenants by Court

– in 1948 Council sold Lots 9 and 101 to the Bowling Club  and imposed as a condition of sale a Restrictive Covenant which prohibited the Club from using the lots for any purpose other than a recreational purpose connected with a bowling club (“the Covenant”).

Lot 101 used as a bowling club.  Lot 9  until 2018, was a cottage which was rented to the Club’s greenkeeper.  The cottage now demolished and two townhouses being constructed pursuant to a development consent given by  Council in 2017

– the Club seeks to have the Covenant removed from Lot 9 on a number of grounds including obsolescence
– town planning evidence that use of Lot 9 for recreational purposes is now prohibited under current zoning
– use as a residence for a greenkeeper for the Club’s bowling club  was in breach of the Covenant and was not a recreational purpose
– Consideration of discretionary factors under s89(1) of the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) (“the Conveyancing Act”)

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