First National Basso Real Estate Market November 2020
Melbourne has finally begun to emerge out of lockdown! The sun is shining and the streets are filling again. Melbourne has recorded 0 new cases of COVID-19 in the past days.
In regards to the rental market, our Leasing team have begun to show tenants through properties again, initially on a 1:1 basis but this week restrictions have eased to allow 2 people per inspection. Full COVID-19 safe processes are in play. Open for inspections are not yet permitted and we remain conducting private inspections only. We look forward to fewer restrictions from this weekend.
With the easing of restrictions comes a greater willingness to move houses, and we have experienced an increase in enquires over the past few weeks.
Our Leasing team is at full capacity; Routine inspections are still not permitted, but we hope these may recommence with the additional relaxation of restrictions due on 8th November. We will provide an update on this when further information is available.
With the easing of restrictions and the ability to now conduct private buyer inspections, our Sales team has seen a steady increase in inquiry levels. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Sales team continued to transact and sold properties. We are anticipating a strong final quarter of the year with those who held off buying or selling during restrictions now entering the market.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Property Manager or myself.
Core Logic Update
The investment option that can hide unexpected GST
New residential property is a popular investment for many and can be especially so for self-managed superannuation funds, however, the ATO is concerned that not every investor in residential property is fully aware that it is an option that may bring with it unexpected GST obligations.
The ATO says that from 1 July 2018, most purchasers must withhold an amount from the contract price at the date of settlement and pay it directly to the ATO. The sale price is paid to the property supplier.
This applies to:
■ new residential premises
■ land that could be used to build new residential property (“potential residential land”).
Purchasers who engage a representative when buying new residential property will need to complete a signed declaration so the representative can lodge two required forms and pay GST on behalf of the purchaser.
Purchasers who have a GST withholding obligation must complete and lodge two forms:
■ when they sign the contract, lodge Form one: GST property settlement withholding notification using information from the supplier notification (see below)
■ when the property settles
● lodge Form two: GST property settlement date confirmation, and
● pay the GST withheld amount.
Ask us if you require these forms.
If there were any mistakes on Form two, the ATO should be contacted to have it cancelled before lodging a new form. If multiple properties are bought, lodging a new form for each property transaction will be required.
To complete Form one, the supplier (seller/vendor) needs to give the buyer a “supplier notification” so the purchaser knows whether or not there is a GST
If there’s an obligation to withhold GST, the supplier notification must include:
■ the name and ABN of all suppliers
■ GST branch number (if applicable)
■ the amount of GST to be withheld (rounded down to the nearest dollar)
■ when the GST must be paid
■ GST-inclusive contract price (plus the GST inclusive market value of non-monetary considerations).
A supplier’s written notice can be relied on:
■ when it states a purchaser isn’t required to pay an
amount to the ATO. In most states and territories the standard contract of sale clearly states if a purchaser is required to withhold GST or not
■ if the purchaser is unaware of an error on the notice
and the supplier doesn’t tell them.
However, if the purchaser or their representative knows that a supplier is registered for GST and selling new residential premises, the ATO considers it unreasonable not to withhold and pay an amount to it at settlement.
The ATO has stated that it won’t retrospectively penalise purchasers who acted reasonably if it’s later found that a supplier hasn’t met their obligations.
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