Some highlighted changes to the 2018 version of Joint Form of General Conditions (JFGC), might mean that you could see some differences to the 2011 JFGC.
Please note, we are not lawyers and are merely relaying some discussions as generically covered in an industry forum.
The biggest concern was the 'Lawyers picnic' referenced as clause 9.3, where opposing lawyers could argue just about any outcome they desired, for a breach of warranty.
Service by email still needed to be 'signed' and in writing, so as an attachment to an email is most likely outcome.
The Buyers 'Right to inspect' was arguably removed, unless there was a Seller obligation or condition of the contract, then that additionally included a right to re-inspect, to check if Seller has rectified an identified issue, under the contract.
Early Possession remained the same if under one (1) month. However the REIWA JFGC-18 states that Parties must comply with the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) if Possession was granted for period of one (1) month or more.
Which differs from the RTA which specifies a minimum of three (3) months.
Some quick facts you need to know:
On 1 July 2017, the proposed changes to the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding (FRCGW) rate and threshold will take effect.
These changes will apply to contracts entered into on, or after 1 July 2017 for real property disposals where the contract price is $750,000 and above. The FRCGW tax rate will also change from the existing rate of 10% to 12.5%.
The existing $2 million threshold and 10% rate will still apply for any contracts entered into before 1 July 2017 even if they are not due to settle until after 1 July 2017.
The change to the threshold from $2 million to $750,000 will result in many more properties requiring a clearance certificate for exemption of the withholding. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) can only grant clearance certificates to a seller who is an Australian resident.
Budget 2017 Update
GST On New Residential Purchases
From 1 July 2018 the Federal Government will require all purchasers of new residential premises (new builds) to remit the GST component previously provided by developers/builders directly to the ATO as part of the property settlement process.
Little is known of the changes other than what has been recently posted on the ATO website HERE
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