When buying or selling commercial real estate there are many issues to consider. We can assist you in negotiating special conditions for your contract that reflect your plans and protect you from risks. We can also help you conduct your due diligence investigations including reviewing associated leases and service contracts and conducting appropriate searches. Our experienced team can help guide your important investment decisions.
Our experienced residential conveyancing team manages a broad range of transactions for sellers and buyers. These include sales of houses, units and farms and extend to off the plan sales, house and land packages as well as purchases by self-managed super funds. We can advise you about the searches and other enquiries you can undertake and make all necessary arrangements with your agent, lender and builder to ensure that your settlement proceeds smoothly and efficiently.
Resumption of Land
Are you concerned about your land being taken by a government or council? The resumption process is formally commenced with a Notice of Intention to Resume, but negotiations will generally begin well before such a notice is served.
As a land owner your legal and valuation costs will generally be paid by the resuming authority, so you shouldn’t hesitate to instruct a legal adviser at the earliest possible moment.
You may have grounds to object to the resumption and even if you don’t, we can assist you to negotiate the best compensation package.
Purchases by Self-Managed Super Funds
Purchasing property in your self-managed super fund is more complex than you might think, particularly if you need to borrow to do so. We have acted in many such transactions and can advise you about the risks involved.
Development – Community Title
At Argon Law, we are experienced commerical and property lawyers, and we have extensive experience acting for developers of community title projects, from the simplest of duplexes in two lot schemes, to residential towers with ground floor commercial, to the most complex multi-layered schemes built over multiple stages. We can also advise developers in establishing management rights to be sold off the plan with the residential lots.
Development – Land Subdivision
We have extensive experience acting for developers of land subdivisions. It is important to ensure that you comply with the disclosure requirements of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act and Land Sales Act and your sales contracts are both user friendly and protect your interests as a developer. We will ensure that you are so protected, assist you in satisfying your financier’s requirements and manage all settlements once the development conditions are satisfied.
We have extensive experience in acting for clients in respect of easements over their land. This includes putting in place easements for things such as access or the construction of infrastructure for services. We act for clients in respect of easements sought or taken by local authorities over their land as well as those wishing to assert statutory rights of use when seeking easements from a neighbouring land owner.
Before you can lodge a caveat over land, you must have a caveatable interest. We have extensive experience in advising clients on what constitutes a caveatable interest and what is required to register or remove caveats from the land register.
Taxation of Property
When property is being sold, it is always important to consider the impact of taxation law. In particular, we can advise you on matters such as transfer duty (stamp duty), capital gains tax and GST in respect of property transactions. We can also advise you on land tax and how to treat it in the context of property sales.
The sale of units in retirement villages is heavily regulated, with minimum standards required for disclosure and contract documentation. Retirement villages have many different kinds of legal structures, each with their own risks and benefits. We have extensive experience in reviewing and advising clients before investing in such structures.