September 1, 2021

Can trusts own land?

No. Instead, the trustee or the trustees of the trust own the land on behalf of the trust and its beneficiaries.  This is why only the […]
August 1, 2021

What is an easement?

An easement is the right of a party to use land that does not belong to them.  There are two parties to an easement: The Dominant […]
July 2, 2021

Increased conveyancing charges from 1 July 2021

Fees for lodging conveyancing documents have increased from 1 July 2021.  Examples of the most common fees are: The fee for lodging a transfer without consideration […]
June 1, 2021

How are rates adjusted at settlement?

In almost all contracts for the sale of land, the periodic outgoings imposed on the land are apportioned between the buyer and the seller. Periodic outgoings […]
May 2, 2021

Why do I have to pay land tax at settlement?

This is an occasional question from clients who are buying a principal residence from an investor. Land tax is assessed each January 1 for that calendar […]
April 7, 2021

What is the difference between joint proprietorship and tenants in common?

There are two ways that couples (or larger groups of people) can own land: As joint proprietors.  This is the most common manner of holding for […]
March 1, 2021

What are the common stamp duty exemptions and concessions?

Here are some of the most common stamp duty exemptions and concessions that transferees (buyers) may be eligible for: A waiver of 25% off for existing […]
February 2, 2021

How do you add a name to a Title?

A prospective client recently called us wanting to “add a name to a title”, and wanting to know if there’s a form that needs to be […]
January 8, 2021

Should you purchase a property subject to a building and pest inspection?

Have you considered the question “Should I purchase a property subject to a building and pest inspection?” Our advice when buying a residence that is not […]
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