Building & Sustainability Consulting

Strategic Asset Management

Property owners are now emerging from survival mode and searching for opportunities. 

One of the first steps is evaluation and gaining a better understanding of their existing portfolios, to make the best of what they’ve got – given constraints on availability of finance.  Typically the portfolios are older, B grade and ripe for opportunity.

Strategic Asset Planning provides short, medium and long term views on minimising cost, managing risk and maximising returns through continued due diligence.

There is a positive trend towards this approach starting with understanding baseline data in terms of condition, performance and environmental and regulatory compliance in such a way that is cost effective, meaningful, useable and enduring.  It is vital to know what data needs to be collected and how it should be best used and managed for maximum effect. Continue reading

Where next for the Development Markets ?

Over the past few years, the Australian development market has been severely hit by the credit crisis by the reduction in primary lenders and also the remaining banks appetite (or sometimes lack of it) to fund anything that they deem to be “risky”.

“Risky” has taken on a whole new meaning in the last few years and as we’ve talked about before you could have the best site in town, with an award winning design and 100% pre sales – but this in some instances still proved too risky for the banks in an uncertain market going forward.

To be fair to the banks, we are seeing increased lending activity in some sectors of the market, generally not large builds but certainly in the up to $20m market and more recently to a limited extent in the $20m to $100m sector with some isolated builds over $100m, so some of the banks, at least seem to have a developing appetite for deals.

A significant issue raised by a number of banks, is the quantum and quality of equity being put forward by developers with lenders wanting to see “real dollars” as a means of mitigating their risk further. Continue reading

End of Year Investment Property Tax List

 Property Tax Deductions are available as follows:

  • Depreciation of plant – such as air conditioning and mechanical ventilation, some electrical items, lighting, carpets, lifts, furniture and fittings.
  • Building Structure (Capital Allowances) for investment properties constructed after July 1982, or for refurbishment, renovations, additions alterations after that date.

Now answer these questions…

  1. Have you got a current depreciation schedule? If not Napier & Blakeley are qualified to establish values for the depreciating assets that you own.
  2. Have you bought an investment property throughout the tax year?
  3. Have you altered, renovated or added to your existing investment property throughout the tax year?
  4. Have you demolished all or parts of your investment property?
  5. Have you changed, added to or thrown out any items of fitout or FF & E during the financial year?

The establishment of a compliant depreciation schedule allows you to calculate your entitlements to Depreciation and Capital Allowances deductions and to manage the process of change to your asset.  Continue reading

Are you managing your Energy Reporting Risk ? As come November the Penalties are harsh !

Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) is a national program designed to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s large office buildings.

Transitional Provisions Ending this Year

The current transitional provisions of the CBD program that require only a NABERS base building energy rating to be disclosed will end on 31 October 2011, with full mandatory disclosure requirements commencing on 1 November 2011.

From 1 November 2011, the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (BEED Act) requires corporations selling, leasing or subleasing certain large (>2000sqm) office spaces to register a full Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC), not just a NABERS rating.
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Have you been band-aiding your Depreciation & Asset Registers ?

The past few years have thrown many challenges the way of private practice accountants, as well as those working within the property trust markets. Whether it’s been the rush of buying as we saw in 2007/08 period or the sell that has occurred in most recent times. It has been very hard to keep control and track of capital expenditure. It’s even harder when many never engage with the building or the people that manage assets directly. Now that we are in the world of hold and manage assets, it’s probably time to stop making do and to get engaged!

Napier & Blakeley, long recognised, as the market leader in property depreciation, see so many depreciation schedules that are not maintained as they should be. Assets that have long been removed from site still being depreciated and quite often representing large sums of money.
It is a regular occurrence and easy thing to do to simply adopt the vendors depreciation schedule. Tax law, however, allows a purchaser to apportion values to all depreciating assets they acquire, i.e air conditioning, lifts, carpet, chattels, etc to reflect the cost of the asset as acquired by the purchaser. In a rising market this may even represent a value that is more than its original replacement cost. Continue reading

Muscle up and wrestle your tax back…

It’s here again, the end of the financial year, a time for collating all of the financial happenings over the past 12 months and thinking about new beginnings from 1st July.  Or as is the case for many in the property industry, preparing accounts and reports for share holders, as it is just the beginning of the reporting period.

Napier & Blakeley are the original experts in property depreciation deductions – we will make sure that you do muscle up and receive the maximum benefits available to you through depreciation and capital allowances.  Our experience is second to none in the market place and our track record speaks for itself.  So let us wrestle on your behalf.

It’s at this time every year that we provide an update of the legislative goings on in the accounting area of property depreciation and over the past 12 months there have been a few. Continue reading

Is your existing Depreciation Schedule just a Placebo ?

There have been a few movements in the area of depreciation over the 2010/11 financial year overall, though there are not that many changes over the past 12 months that you should be concerned about… or is there?

Below is an example of a depreciation schedule, a client asked Napier & Blakeley to provide a health check on, with regard to the dollar value of their depreciation claims.

This property relates to a strata property purchased in a capital city CBD area, the building was a number of years old.

The numbers below are the actual figures.
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If you’re not properly insured … then it will be a real disaster

Damage to property and buildings by fire and other disasters, natural or otherwise, costs Australians hundreds of millions of dollars every year. In the last year this has been even more defined by the recent floods in Queensland and Victoria.

Notwithstanding the substantial number of properties that suffered as a result of the recent floods, the most common building disaster in Australia is fire, so it is important to be prepared. Luckily we have only had one earthquake in recent history and although the chances of these occurrences are low, the devastation they can do has been clearly seen in Christchurch. Continue reading

Buyers Beware… Investigate or Reach for your Wallet

In the last year Napier & Blakeley have undertaken more than 100 physical due diligence and capital expenditure forecast exercises with a combined value in excess of $10billion.

It’s rare to find nothing that would be considered problematic for an incoming owner, but the last few years there have been a few issues that have become commonplace through either lack of ongoing investment and maintenance or as a result of new market legislation.

The GFC brought substantial financial constraints to the entire economy but for property owners it brought pressures through loan to value ratios (LVR’s), reductions in value and rental income. This created a catch 22 situation where many knew they had to keep maintaining and spending capital to keep their assets compliant, relevant and therefore rentable, but were unable to directly fund or borrow funds to do so.

We recently re-analysed an asset that we had prepared due diligence and capex forecasts for a few years ago, and the list of items that we identified in our initial report were almost completely the same as now. Nothing had been fixed, maintained or repositioned. So, many years down the track the asset has fallen deeper into redundancy and therefore costs more to rectify. Continue reading

New Disability Access Standards – Effective 1 May 2011

The purpose of the Premises Standards (and corresponding changes to the Building Code of Australia and State / Territory Building Law) is: 

  • To ensure that dignified, equitable, cost-effective and reasonably achievable access to buildings, and facilities and services within buildings, is provided for people with disability, and
  • To give certainty to building certifiers, developers and managers that if standards are complied with they cannot be subject to a successful complaint under the DDA in relation to those matters covered by the Premises Standards.

1.  General Application

The Premises Standards will apply to all new buildings and to extensions or additions to existing buildings.

In most circumstances it will also be necessary to provide an accessible path of travel from the principal public entrance to the new or modified part of an existing building.

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