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[caption id="attachment_15312" align="alignnone" width="300"] Leasing in Queensland[/caption] Retail Shop Leases The Retail Shop Lease agreement between the landlord and tenant is not the only thing that the parties must consider in their relationship. The Retail shop Leases Act overrides the terms of the lease. The laws relating to...

Land Tax Thresholds Change regularly. You should contact Riba Business Lawyers to ensure that the rates have not changed since the  date of this Post.

For Individual who are resident in Queensland.

Taxable value Rate of tax
$0–$599,999 $0
$600,000–$999,999 $500 plus 1 cent for each $ more than $600,000
$1,000,000–$2,999,999 $4,500 plus 1.65 cents for each $ more than $1,000,000
$3,000,000–$4,999,999 $37,500 plus 1.25 cents for each $ more than $3,000,000
$5,000,000 and over $62,500 plus 1.75 cents for each $ more than $5,000,000

The Australian Personal Property Security Register was due to commence in May, then October this year and now, will commence in early 2012. It will affect most businesses and it is worthwhile looking at the impact of these new laws as soon as possible. Financiers, Lessors and Suppliers will need to make sure that they do not lose their rights over assets which they have secured. Buyers will need to make sure that no-one else has an interest in the item they are buying.

The new register will replace most traditional securities including bills of sale and company charges.

So what should you do to ensure that you are not affected?

If you are buying into a franchised system, it will be important to ensure two things:

1. That the Franchisor is performing well; 2. That the Franchisee's existing business (if any) is performing well, within the franchise system.

Franchisor Performance

These investigations are part of your due diligence. There is more to due diligence than having your lawyer check the contracts and your accountant check the figures. Obviously these things need to be done and it would be foolish to consider a purchase without these checks however, you, also have a role to pay.

Every Franchisor is obliged to keep a current disclosure document. That disclosure document is a very useful source of information for you. It should, if properly written tell you if the Franchisor has been terminating franchises and if franchises have been failing or disputes have been brewing. It will tell you the experience level of the Franchisor and much more. If you do not understand the disclosure document then you should get assistance. If the disclosure document is not well written this should be a warning to you.

A dilemma which often faces commercial and retail shop tenants in Queensland is whether or not they should register their Lease with the titles office.

It is common in practice for the Tenant to bear the costs of and incidental to the registration of the Lease. This can include the costs of having a Premises surveyed and plans prepared, lodgement fees and requisitions. This can all be a very costly process.

The question that often confronts a Tenant is: do the risks associated with not registering the Lease justify the initial costs of registration?

So what are the risks?