It is said, “The only constant in life is change”. How true, particularly in law where legislation seems to be constantly changing.

For those of you who are looking to develop residential property or purchase new residential property you need to be aware of the new requirements which came into effect on 1 December 2019.

A developer is now required to provide a Disclosure Statement which should be attached to the Contract.

The Disclosure Statement needs to include:-

• A draft plan of the property prepared by a Registered Surveyor showing the lot number, location and area;
• A draft floor plan and location plan of the property;
• Any proposed bylaws, development Contract (including strata development contract) and management statement; and
• Schedule of finishes to be included in the property.

Also of particular note are the following changes:-

• The Cooling Off period for a purchase “off-the-plan” has been extended from 5 business days to 10 business days;
• If there are any material changes to the subject property the developer is required to serve a “notice of change” which may trigger a
right for the purchaser to rescind or claim compensation of up to 2% of the purchase price from the developer. The purchaser may only
rescind if the change was such that the purchaser would not have entered into the off-the-plan Contract and they would be materially
prejudiced by the change;
• The purchaser is not required to settle earlier than 21 days after receiving copies of the registered plan and other documents
associated with the plan; and
• The deposit paid by the Purchaser must be held in a Trust Account or Controlled money account (investment) by a Real Estate Agent,
Licensed Conveyancer or Legal firm pending completion and cannot be released to the developer.

The above seem to imply that the legislation relates to strata unit developments. That is not the case as the legislation also includes vacant land which is capable of having a residence constructed on it.

Everingham Solomons can assist whether you are a purchaser or developer because Helping You is Our Business.

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