It is one year since Peacockes Solicitors opened their doors in Canowindra. Time has certainly flown, which must mean law is fun. The town has been welcoming and embracing of the firm, common feedback from locals has been how good it is to again have a lawyer living and practicing in the town. Work has been plentiful and surprisingly varied. On behalf of the directors of Peacockes I extend a big thank you to all the new clients for work they have entrusted with the firm.
On maybe a less fun note from 30 January 2017, all landlords and property agents must be registered with Rental Bonds Online. It will be mandatory for landlords and real estate agents to invite residential tenants to personally lodge their residential rental bonds in NSW via the Rental Bonds Online (RBO) service. The service will make it eas- ier for tenants to ensure their bond has been lodged and easier to obtain their bond after completing the lease.
A landlord or agent, who fails to invite a new tenant to lodge their bond using RBO, prior to accepting a bond, will be in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act.
Tenants who do not have internet access can continue to give their bond directly to the landlord or landlord’s real estate agent. More information about this service and the new requirements is available at http://www.fair- trading.nsw.gov.au/rentalbondsonline
If you have any queries about leasing, rental bonds or any other legal matter contact Geoff Yeo at Peacockes Solicitors.