Author: Grant Lubofsky

IWC Industries Pty Ltd v Sergienko

In resolving the determination of a priority dispute between a beneficiary of a trust and an equitable mortgagee, the Court applied principles regarding “postponing” conduct to beneficiaries (and the rule in Shropshire’s case) and considered the relevance of surrounding commercial circumstances, including the failure to caveat.

COVID-19 relief (in particular, as to possession orders) within the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic)

The Court of Appeal has considered the scope of the COVID-19 protections introduced to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) – in particular, the interaction between the deeming provisions (by which certain breaches of leases were deemed not to be breaches during the period of COVID-19) and the regime by which VCAT could make a possession order in respect of residential property. The Court of Appeal found that landlords were not, if rental was not paid during the extended period of the COVID-19 protection legislation because of a “COVID-19 reason”, entitled to a possession order against a residential tenant.