RMB Lawyers are your rural conveyancing specialists. We have expertise when it comes to the transfer of rural assets and aim to ensure that this often complex area of the law can be streamlined and simplified for both parties. Our experienced team can assist with a number of rural transactions including land, water, share transfers or any other aspect of a rural business.
Rural land means land that it is used or apparently intended to be used for gain or profit from grazing of livestock, dairying, poultry farming, viticulture, orcharding, beekeeping, horticulture, the growing of crops of any kind and vegetable growing.
If you are purchasing rural land, the following should be taken in to account in order to ensure exactly what is being sold to you along with the property:
- Whether the land is appropriate for the use which you have in mind. It is important to consider flood plains, accessibility, water tables, depth, quality and reliability.
- Whether the property has appropriate Council approvals and Council zoning for existing structures, and any future development you wish to undertake.
- Proximity of healthcare and other services which you may require.
- Which property taxes will apply.
- Does the transaction include transfer of any licences such as for water usage?
- Easements. It is important to understand what existing easements or other rights of way which run through the property.
- Confirm what has been done in order to control noxious pests on the land, including rabbits and noxious weeds.
- Clearing sales
As your conveyancing solicitors, we will also assist with the following searches and enquiries under the Stock (Chemical Residues) Act 1975, Stock Diseases Act 1923, Plant Diseases Act 1924, Noxious Weeds Act 1993, Rural Lands Protection Act 1989 on your behalf:
- Chemical Residues
- Livestock Diseases
- Plant Diseases and Pests
- Noxious Weeds
- Animals and Insects
The Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2000 places important obligations on vendors in relation to prescribed documents which must be disclosed in the Contract. If you are looking at selling, it is imperative that any Notices under the Stock Diseases Act 1923, Water Act, Stock (Chemical Residues) Act 1975, Soil Conservation Act and Native Vegetation Conservation Act be disclosed. If these notices have been received and are not disclosed, this may amount to a breach of warranty.
RMB Lawyers have the experience and expertise to assist you at all stages of the buying and selling of rural property. Contact us now to speak to a member of our team.