Covid-19: essential insights for your business

We’re open for business – just a little differently

For the foreseeable future, the way we live and work has changed. We wanted to let you know the steps Mahoneys has taken to protect our people and ensure continuity of service for our valued clients. Our ethos is client focus. That ethos has guided us through our almost 20-year existence and is responsible for our success. COVID-19 has changed many things. It will not change our client focus.

Covid-19: our checklist for businesses to navigate the uncertainty

Here at Mahoneys, our Commercial Law experts have come up with a list of key tasks that businesses can and should be concentrating on right now. Direct your energy into our COVID-19 ‘To Do List’ for businesses.

We have put together some insights on legal issues that are affecting our clients’ businesses.

As with all things in law, these insights are general only and should not be relied on as legal advice. If any of these issues are affecting your specific business, contact your Mahoneys relationship partner to get timely and practical legal advice that you can count on.

In this publication, we cover:

Safe harbour in a (global pandemic) storm

Duties applicable to directors of financially struggling companies

Commercial contracts in the menace of COVID-19

Bank guarantees – strict requirements

Will business insurance policies response to COVID-19?

Employment in a lockdown

PPS Leases – are your registrations correct?

Can you sign documents electronically?

Statutory demand relief set to end

Temporary Changes To The Creditor’s Statutory Demand Regime Set To Expire In September

Estate planning during COVID-19

In our most recent podcast we discussed the importance of Estate Planning during COVID-19

Non-contact estate planning during COVID-19

In these uncertain times, more and more people are starting to think about drawing up a Will. But what does that look like when you add a lockdown and social distancing into the mix? If you’re ready to plan your estate, here’re how to safely do so during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 – Residential Tenancies

We finally have some certainty in relation to the amended legislation for residential tenancies.

Management rights and the coronavirus – some guidance amongst the uncertainty

You will be unsurprised to learn that over the past few days we have fielded many questions from resident managers who and whose owners are suffering adverse impacts from the COVID19 crisis. As the crisis is evolving rapidly with regular policy announcements from local, state and federal governments it is impossible to provide clear and current advice on all questions raised.

Update to social distancing requirements applying to bodies corporate

New social distancing requirements that affect bodies corporate come into effect from midday on 3 July 2020.

Property Managers dealing with residential tenants during COVID-19 crisis

These comments must be considered in the light of regular changes to government policies and yet to be enacted legislation. The situation is changing on an almost daily basis.

Social distancing requirements for bodies corporate?

There have been over 60 public health directives issued by the Queensland Health Department since the start of COVID – almost 20 different public health directions remain in force. The details can be found here.

The first virtual general meeting has been challenged

The interim orders in Watermark Residences [2020] QBCCMCmr 306 provides some relief for bodies corporate that held virtual general meetings during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Covid-19 guidance for bodies corporate

This document is intended to provide body corporate managers and committees with a concise guide to managing their bodies corporate during the coronavirus pandemic based on legislative compliance and best practice.

Motels – getting back up and running – are you good to go?

With Queensland moving into stage 2 of the relaxation process ahead of schedule, everyone is working frantically.

How to manage work orders during COVID-19

This guidance for bodies corporate and body corporate managers is to provide a way to manage risks in carrying out work orders onsite and comprises:

Closing facilities in a body corporate because of COVID-19

It has been well publicised that bodies corporate must close their swimming pools. However, how that is to take place has been a practical issue begging more questions than answers.

Levy recovery during COVID-19

Even though body corporate legislation has not changed with respect to levy recovery, the circumstances surrounding levy recovery and insolvency legislation has. This alters how a body corporate must now approach recovery of unpaid levies.


Body corporate cost cutting during COVID-19

Body corporate levies are one of the first items of expenditure owners don’t pay in tough times.


Body corporate spending limits

As finances become tight during COVID 19, it is important that bodies corporate and body corporate managers ensure costs are properly managed.

Liability for Building Defects

An issue that arises frequently in strata title buildings is building defects. Despite many laws being passed to help consumers with COVID-19 related issues, the responsibility (and time limits) for rectifying building defects have not changed.

Reopening pools in a body corporate because of COVID-19

Pools can now be reopened after 15 May 2020.

The Queensland Government has released its roadmap to easing restrictions. As part of that roadmap, the first stage includes a number of relaxations to take place from 11.59pm 15 May 2020, including gatherings of up to 10 people in pools.

Urgent changes to the Body Corporate and Community Management Act

On 19 May 2020 the Queensland Parliament has introduced the Justice and Other Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Amendment Bill 2020 which is intended to amend the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCMA).

Management rights options and variations during COVID-19

Many things have changed for bodies corporate and resident managers and how they manage their affairs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our ethos is client focus. That ethos has guided us
through our almost 20-year existence and is responsible
for our success.

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