When buying a rural property, it pays to do your homework. Rural conveyancing is a complex area in which purchasers need to take care to ensure they know exactly what they are buying.
The general principle of “caveat emptor” – buyer beware – applies to all land purchases, but has particular significance for rural properties. Not only is a farm a home, but also a business. Failure on the part of a purchaser to adequately investigate the property can have not only functional implications, but often monetary consequences too.
It is generally advisable for purchasers to conduct pre-purchase searches or enquiries prior to entering into the contract – once contracts are exchanged, the purchaser is locked into the deal and it will be too late to withdraw if a problem arises.… Read More
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It depends. It is always important to review the requirements of the Duties Act in each case before assuming that a rural land transfer will be stamp duty free.
Mum and dad have owned a rural property since the 1970s. The farming business is carried on by a proprietary limited company. The shareholders and directors are mum and dad.
As the son and daughter-in-law now run and guide the farming business, mum and dad have decided to transfer part of the farming land to them valued at about $1.5 million. Mum and dad also propose to make the son and daughter-in-law directors of the farming operations company.