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  • Cross-Leases. What are they and what implications do they have?

    September 2018

    Historically, cross-leases were a popular form of dividing land for land owners. This is because owners could avoid certain subdivision restrictions and would gain similar results to a formal subdivision under the existing Act, but at a fraction of the price. ...

  • Back To Basics – What To Look Out For In Your Back-Up Agreement

    September 2018

    What is a Back-up Agreement?When a property is being sold and there is a fully signed Agreement for Sale and Purchase already in place that remains conditional, a back-up Agreement can be entered into with a different purchaser. The back-up Agreement ...

  • Land Covenants

    September 2018

    When purchasing a property, the Agreement for Sale and Purchase will usually specify that you can make enquiries with the vendor’s solicitor in relation to any of the interests that may be noted on the title. A land covenant is an ...

  • New Rules Regarding Disposal of Residential Property

    June 2018

    “Bright-Line Test Extended to 5 Years”In the Autumn Edition of our Law Report, Toni van Doorn in her article titled “The Bright-Line test – A warning for property investors” warned that the new government is considering a Tax Bill to extend ...

  • The Bright-Line Test

    March 2018

    A warning for Property Investors.In 2015, the government introduced the “bright-line test”, a method which attempts to tighten the property investment rules. The bright-line test states that (subject to exemptions) any gain from disposing of residential land within two years of ...

  • Relationship Property after Death

    March 2018

    The survivor needs to consider the optionsPart 8 of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”) deals with the division of property where a marriage or de facto relationship ends because one of the parties has died.  The surviving spouse or ...

  • A Warning for Residential Landlords

    September 2017

    Is it a good idea?It is increasingly popular for buyers to enter into an “off-the-plan” agreement to buy a house or an apartment that is yet to be built. When signing an off-the-plan agreement, buyers are more interested in the end ...

  • P/Meth Testing

    September 2017

    An updateOur Autumn 2016 newsletter contained an article regarding the importance of having a property tested for P-contamination prior to purchase. We recommended, in that article, that prospective purchasers make Agreements for Sale and Purchase of a property conditional upon the ...

  • Purchasing a Residential Property

    September 2017

    It's a risky business Buying a property, be it your first home or a family bach, is a big decision. The right lawyer will make that decision a little bit easier. The agreement for sale and purchase of Real Estate is ...

  • Property Transactions

    March 2017

    Buying and selling property can be stressful, especially since the process is new and unfamiliar for most people. To help you better understand the process and to take some of the stress out of it, here is a basic overview of ...


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