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Are conveyancing searches necessary?

Not all conveyancing searches are necessary, however, some are essential to give effect to necessary adjustments at settlement, and ensure there is no risky development on title prior to settlement (for example, registration of a caveat).


Some essential searches (which we include as part of our package for specific buyers) include:


  • Title Search – this is an official record of ownership of property and will inform you of any mortgages, easements, caveats, covenants, leases, charges or other encumbrances or administrative advice.


  • Plan Search – this is a registered plan that shows the exact surveyed boundaries and dimensions of lots on which houses, or buildings, are to be built amongst other things. It is important so there can be no confusion about the boundaries amongst other issues.


  • Rates Search – this reveals amounts payable for the quarter or half-year. It shows whether the rates have been paid up to date and whether an amount is outstanding, which will need to be adjusted at settlement. This adjustment will ensure that each party is responsible for their own portion of rates.


  • Water Meter Reading – this search provides a current water meter reading including the last water meter reading. This is used to apportion water use up to, and including, settlement. It is very important so that water and other adjustments can take place at settlement for any period that does not relate to you.


  • Land tax clearance certificate – this determined whether there are outstanding amounts payable for land tax, which could be passed onto a buyer if the seller does not make payment of the overdue amount at settlement.


There are many more additional searches depending on the complexity of your situation and individual needs. For example, we can search the land contamination register, transport and main roads, town planning, flood searches and otherwise.


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