Categories for Common Sense

New definition of financial year for strata companies

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As part of the strata reforms that commenced on 1 May 2020 a new definition of financial year for a strata company was inserted in section 3 of the Strata Titles Act 1985 as follows: Financial year for a strata company means – (a) If the scheme by-laws are silent on the matter, the period of 12 months ending on 30 June; or (b) If the scheme by-laws specify a period of 12 months ending on a different date as...

Looking to Buy a house- consider pre-contract Building Inspection before sign on the line

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Under the current normal Buying a property process in WA, a buyer will sign a contract -also known as an Offer and Acceptance (O&A) to buy a House, Land, or Strata lot, and they may include as a condition their desire for a Building Inspection or Survey done, usually at their own cost, after it goes unconditional. The standard REIWA annexure if included in the negotiation of the O&A allows for a Pre-purchase Building Inspection. However, it is usually limited...

Open Letter to Listing Agents- Tips for a Smooth Sailing contract.

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WITHOUT PREJUIDICE;To whom it may concern ON THE PATH TO EXCELLENCE; This is an open letter to EVERY SINGLE LISTING REAL ESTATE AGENT to PLEASE just get a Building &/Timber Inspections completed at the time of listing a property, so then a Buyer can be provided said reports BEFORE putting in an offer so they are fully aware of what they are buying and then ZERO contracts would be conditional upon having those weird Inspectors from other states where the...