Going to Auction or Need to be sure about a property?
Get A Pre-Purchase Section 32 & Contract Review
- A detailed line-by-line review by a Conveyancing Lawyer;
- Tailored legal advice to prevent expensive mistakes;
- Our wealth of knowledge on what’s reasonable to negotiate;
- Guidance to make an informed purchase.
The contract is BINDING the moment you sign
- To prevent you from making expensive mistakes;
- To rebalance the contract terms in your favour;
- To help decide if this property is right for you.
There are two critical documents that your Lawyer will review
PART A – The Section 32, and PART B – The Contract Of Sale.
- Check for errors, omissions, and any item of concern.
- Confirm the property is fit for your purpose.
|Name of Search||Description||How Does The Lawyer Protect You?|
|Registered Search Statement||Provide title particulars, ownership details and encumbrances on title.||Lawyer to confirm seller has rights to sell the property and determine any legal encumbrances or easements that may affect your enjoyment of the property. eg. Your lawyer will point out if there is a public thoroughfare in your front yard or water mains under your backyard, this makes the property a no-go if you plan to build in that area.|
|Copy of Plan||Provide a map of the location of the lot, including the dimensions, gradient and other physical features.||Lawyer to confirm you are buying the right property and the dimensions are within expectations. There have been rare times (lots can look similar on paper) when the buyer has purchased the wrong lot (or was under the impression it was bigger).|
|VicRoads||See if the property is affected by public proposals or compulsory acquisition.||The government releases council plans in the VicRoads certificate. They may issue a proposal to requisition a portion of your land for improvements (new footpath, highway or road widening). If the proposal is approved – at worse – the value/livability of your property will be reduced. Lawyer to check and advise.|
|Planning Certificate||The details of any zones and schemes applicable to the property.||Depending on your plans for the property – e.g. building a townhouse – you may be unable to subdivide or build certain structures on the land. the lawyer will make sure you are able to realise your plans for the property’s intended purpose before you purchase the property.|
|Bushfire Prone||Details regarding whether the property is part of a bushfire prone area or not.||Determine if the property is at risk of bushfire, and if so, it is then up to you as the buyer to determine if the risk is acceptable and to go ahead with the purchase or not.|
|Extract of Priority Sites||Details if there are any contaminants on the property.||Priority sites are sites for which the EPA has issued a cleanup notice pursuant to section 62A, or a pollution abatement notice pursuant to section 31A or 31B (relevant to land and/or groundwater). This makes you aware as a buyer if the lot is contaminated. Lawyer to let you know if you are potentially adversely affected.|
Our work doesn’t end there. The Lawyer will review the
Warnings And Areas Of Concern:
Suggestions On Negotiations:
A Clear Explanation:
Need more detail? As part of our process, we also:
|Lawyer Checklist||Benefit Of Check|
|Enquire About Finance||When signing the contract, you agree to a specific and strict payment schedule. You MUST meet this schedule or be faced with severe penalty interest or the loss of your entire deposit.|
|Confirm Building & Pest||Building and Pest damage could set you back thousands. The Lawyer to enquire if you are protected from this eventuality.|
|Enquire About Built Structures||Did you know that if a building isn’t approved, the Council may ask you to remove the illegal structure, carry out works to comply or pay a fine? Don’t suffer this mistake of having the sellers “improvements” being torn down at your expense. Common structures include pergolas, garages and decks.|
|Check Inclusions & Chattels||If it isn’t written in the contract, then it isn’t guaranteed. For example, expecting those potted plants and surprised they aren’t there at settlement? The seller is under no obligation to leave behind chattels (furnishings or appliances) unless it is in the contract. Make sure you don’t have unexpected out of pocket expenses.|
All of these checks will allow us to provide
- Rectifying errors in the contract;
- Adding special conditions to protect you from risk;
- You calling the agent and requesting inclusions;
- Let you know what is fair & reasonable to negotiate;
- Clarifying information with 3rd parties due to red flags.
Our Contract Reviews Go Above And Beyond The Typical “Free” Review By Conveyancers
Our reviews are performed by qualified Conveyancing LAWYERS, and should not be compared to a review conducted by an Agent or “just a Conveyancer”.
If you want to find out how our team can help you with your sale, here are two ways to move forward.
Option 1: Request Our Pricing
We’ll send you an email with our transparent costs. This includes 3rd party searches.
We’ll prepare a quote just for you.
Option 2: Speak To Our Concierge
Have a casual no-obligation chat with our Concierge. We’re happy to walk you through the process and give you a detailed quote.
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