Categories for Reform

Breaking News: RTA reforms introduced to Parliament

29/11/2023
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Hi Damien The Cook Government introduced a Bill to Parliament this afternoon regarding the planned reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act announced in May. I would like to make it clear that this is an Amendment Bill and the changes are what we have expected and previously communicated. There are many details, such as those regarding modifications, that still have to be prescribed by Regulations and we continue to engage with the Government on these matters. In general, the Bill covers: Banning rent bidding...

WA Duplicate Certificate of Title gets expiry date.

10/5/2023
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As advised in CIB 392 on 22 November 2022, Duplicate Certificates of Title (Duplicate Titles) will no longer be used from August 2023. On 7 August 2023, Duplicate Titles will be removed from the land conveyancing process in Western Australia. This is part of the changes made by the Transfer of Land Amendment Act 2022 and aligns WA with ongoing advancements in electronic conveyancing around Australia. Please note that current registration requirements continue to apply for all documents lodged until the changes take effect....

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

23/3/2023
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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...

New type of Title, what is a Leasehold scheme, Title, and Reversionary interest

27/5/2020
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The introduction of the new Strata Title Act Amendment has led to the creation of Leasehold Schemes and Titles in WA. A leasehold scheme includes a subdivided underlying title with a reversionary interest and leasehold strata titles. A Leasehold Title is a portion of the subdivided land that acts the same as a freehold parcel for the duration of the leasehold scheme (20-99 years). Reversionary interest relates to the right of the owner of the underlying title. It allows them...

WA Certificates of Title to become redundant

27/11/2019
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How the WA State Government is making it easier for property owners to fast track their settlements and refinancing The WA state government via Landgate has put forward a bill that has made your PAPER Duplicate Certificate of Title (record of your property ownership) invalid. What does this mean for WA property owners? The proposal is to make e-conveyancing or digital settlements and refinances easier for those people that have lost their duplicate Certificate of Titles. Previously clients without these...