201501.16

Legal Guide to Buying a Commercial Property

The purchase of a commercial property will usually require a more detailed investigation into the contract terms, the title and planning information, and the lease terms than may be the case for the purchase of a residential property. A competent property lawyer should be able to assist you with understanding the principal terms of the…

201501.15

Buying a Franchised Business

Franchising is a business model whereby the franchisor grants to the franchisee the right to operate a business utilising a trade name and business system.  The franchisor usually exercises a high degree of control over the franchisee through established management, marketing and operating procedures. Franchising has been successful as it usually provides a tried and…

201501.14

Assigning a Retail Lease

I was recently involved in a small business transaction where a landlord’s managing agent sought to impose a 4.4% “Transfer fee” on a tenant in connection with the assignment of a retail lease.  The “Transfer fee” was calculated as a percentage of the annual rent inclusive of GST, and amounted to approximately $7,000. In this particular…

201501.14

Small Sales, Big Risks for Business Brokers

The failure of a vendor or a vendor’s agent to comply with the disclosure requirements under the Estate Agents Act 1980 (Act) when selling a small business in Victoria can result in penalties, lost sales and potential claims by disgruntled vendors. Section 52 of the Act imposes an obligation on a vendor and their agent…