Terms & Conditions

Most conveyances are effected in a standard and fluid process. It is imperative that you follow the directions of Brisbane Conveyancing as well as those of your external advisers and consultants (such as your finance broker, your financier/bank, your pest inspector, your building inspector, your pool safety inspector etc.).

This, however, is not always the case and some conveyances encounter bumps and hiccups along the way. This is usually and commonly because either you, or your external advisers or consultants omit to do certain things as required because of oversight or unforeseen, and therefore un-scheduled issues arising during the conveyance process. These situations will then require renegotiations or extensions to certain deadlines and key-dates.

1. The Scope of a Standard Conveyance

When you engage Brisbane Conveyancing the scope of our engagement covers the actions and advice necessary for a ‘standard conveyance’. A standard conveyance is limited to the following:-
When purchasing a property:-
  1. receiving the executed contract of sale;
  2. calculating the due dates contained in the contract of sale (with settlement not earlier than 30 days from the Contract Date);
  3. conducting and reviewing a title search;
  4. calculating transfer duty payable by you;
  5. obtaining and reviewing the land tax search and registered plan search;
  6. exchanging the following correspondence or communication with you:-
  • receiving your fully and correctly completed authority to act form;
  • preparing and sending a detailed ‘first letter’ to you advising you in relation to items i to iv above as well as the conveyancing process generally;
  • one email advising you in relation to the outcome of your land tax search and registered plan search;
  • receiving your instructions in relation to the outcome of your building and pest inspections (if any) (one correspondence);
  • receiving your instructions in relation to the outcome of your finance approval (if any) (one correspondence);
  • one email to you advising you in relation to the settlement statement and search results (if instructed to conduct additional searches by you);
  • receiving your instructions in relation to your satisfaction with the settlement statement and search results (one correspondence);
  • advising that settlement has been effected; and
  • three further correspondences or communications (via email or telephone) to or from you (excluding legal advice referred to in clause 7 below)
  1. exchanging the following correspondence or communications with the seller’s solicitor:
  • sending one fax advising that we have been appointed to act for you and confirming the due dates under the contract;
  • sending one fax advising the outcome of your building and pest inspection reports (if contract subject to building and pest);
  • sending one fax advising the outcome of your finance application (if contract subject to finance);
  • sending one letter enclosing transfer documents for execution by the seller;
  • email or fax enclosing settlement statement; and
  • receiving a fax advising the cheques required to be provided at settlement.
  1. preparation of transfer documents;
  2. preparation of a settlement statement which includes adjustments to the purchase price to account for outgoings that are required to be apportioned between you and the seller (outgoings means rates, water and land tax);
  3. reviewing transfer documents executed by the seller;
  4. executing the transfer documents on your behalf;
  5. contacting your financier once to book a settlement date and time;
  6. receiving and perusing your completed and executed transfer duty concession form (if claiming a transfer duty concession);
  7. providing cheque directions to your financier once on the morning of the Settlement Date;
  8. processing your stamp duty payment and stamping the transfer and contract of sale;
  9. attending once at settlement;
  10. advising the agent that settlement has been effected; and
  11. preparing and sending a formal ‘settlement letter’ to you after settlement.

When selling a property – 

  1. receiving the executed contract of sale;
  2. calculating the due dates contained in the contract of sale (with settlement not earlier than 30 days from the Contract Date);
  3. conducting and reviewing a title search;
  4. exchanging the following correspondence or communications with you:-
  • receiving your fully and correctly completed authority to act form;
  • preparing and sending a detailed ‘first letter’ to you advising you in relation to items i to iii above as well as the conveyancing process generally;
  • one email to you advising you when we receive notification from the buyer that a condition under the contract is satisfied (one correspondence only per condition);
  • sending a letter enclosing transfer documents for execution by you;
  • receiving and reviewing the transfer documents from you as properly executed by you and your witness;
  • email to you advising you in relation to the settlement statement;
  • receiving your instructions in relation to your satisfaction with the settlement statement and search results (one correspondence or communication);
  • advising that settlement has been effected; and
  • three further correspondences (via email or telephone) to or from you (excluding legal advice referred to in clause 7 below).
  1. exchanging the following correspondence with the buyer’s solicitor:-
  • sending one fax advising that we have been appointed to act for you and confirming the due dates under the contract of sale;
  • receiving and perusing transfer documents;
  • returning executed transfer documents;
  • receiving and reviewing settlement statement prepared by purchaser’s solicitor ; and
  • sending one fax nominating the time and place for settlement and advising the cheques required to be provided at settlement.
  1. contacting your mortgagee once to book a settlement date and time;
  2. receiving the payout figure from your mortgagee;
  3. attending once at settlement
  4. advising you that settlement has been effected;
  5. depositing the sale proceeds into your nominated bank account;
  6. advising the agent that settlement has been effected; and
  7. preparing and sending a formal ‘settlement letter’ to you after settlement.

2. Standard Conveyancing Package

Our fees for our standard conveyancing package are as follows:-
1. A purchase is $809.62 (Inc GST) and includes the searches listed at the following link: https://www.brisconvey.com.au/buying; and
2. A sale is $452.75 (Inc GST) and includes the searches listed at the following link: https://www.brisconvey.com.au/selling
The standard conveyancing package quotation assumes the following:
  1. That the matter will be a ‘standard conveyance’ as defined in clause 1 above. If we are required to perform any work outside the scope of a standard conveyance we then we may levy an Additional Fee or Legal Advice Fee to you for each item of work outside of a standard conveyance required to be performed.
  2. That we are formally engaged by you to act in the matter at least 23 days prior to the Settlement Date stated in the Contract. If we are not formally engaged within this timeframe we may levy an additional fee of $100.00 plus GST.
  3. That we are formally engaged by you to act in the matter within 23 days of the Settlement Date stated in the Contract. If we are not formally engaged within this timeframe we may levy an additional fee of $100.00 plus GST (“Short Settlement Fee”).
  4. When purchasing a property, that all funds required for settlement will be provided by your financier (bank). If we are required to receive funds required for settlement into our trust account then we may charge an additional amount of $100.00 plus GST (“Trust Account Fee”).
  5. That you are not required to withhold any GST from the sale proceeds at settlement under the Taxation Administration Act 1953(Cth). If GST is required to be withheld from the sale proceeds at settlement then additional work is required to be carried out and accordingly we may levy an additional amount of $100.00 plus GST (“GST Withholding Fee”).
  6. When purchasing a property, we assume that you or your financier does not require a priority notice to be lodged in relation to the property. If you or your financier requires us to lodge a priority notice in relation to the property, then we may levy an additional amount of $70.00 plus GST (“Priority Notice Fee”)
  7. When purchasing a property, that your financier (bank) will arrange for the transfer documents to be lodged to registration at the Titles Registry. If we are required to arrange for the transfer documents to be lodged for registration at the Titles Registry then we may levy an additional amount of $70.00 plus GST (“Transfer Registration Fee”)
  8. When purchasing a property that you are an Australian Resident. If you are a foreign person and we are required to prepare a Form 25 – Foreign Ownership Information, then we may levy an additional amount of $70.00 plus GST (“Foreign Ownership Fee”). Please note that advice or additional calculations required in respect of ‘Additional Foreign Acquirer duty will be charged at the Legal Advice Rate.
  9. That the property you are purchasing is a residence or vacant land which is not located in a body corporate or community management scheme such as a unit or a townhouse. If you are purchasing within a body corporate or community management scheme, then we recommend that a body corporate information certificate is obtained in respect of the property. There are additional costs for this search.
  10. That the property you are purchasing is located within the Brisbane City Council. If the property is located in another council, you may be required to obtain a council records search for the property to determine the status of the rates account for the property. We use the services of a search agent for our searches and the costs we are invoiced from these search agents is the cost that you will incur in us carrying out these searches, if necessary. There is no “mark-up” (handling fee) by us on these searches, just what they cost us.
  11. When purchasing a Property, the seller is an individual or are individuals. If the seller is a company (for example), we strongly recommend that you carry out an ASIC current extract search and a PPSR Search to:
  • Determine the identities of the director(s) of the company; and
  • Determine if there are any charges affecting the Property (which charges may need to be released at settlement).

We use the services of a search agent for our searches and the costs we are invoiced from these search agents is the cost that you will incur in us carrying out these searches, if necessary. There is no “mark-up” (handling fee) by us on these searches.

  1. When purchasing a property, if you are obtaining finance from a lender, then we assume that:
  • if the Contract is subject to you obtaining satisfactory finance by a due date (“the Finance Date”), then you obtain your approval for finance by that Finance Date. If any extensions to the Finance Date are required, we may levy an Additional Fee to you.
  • you have done and will do everything required by your financier (such as executing documents and returning them to the financier or your broker) in a prompt and timely manner enabling settlement to be effected on the scheduled date for settlement in accordance with the Contract. To this end, we assume that when we telephone your financier to schedule the settlement, the financier has received all documents and information from you allowing us to make the booking for settlement. If your financier is not in a position to schedule the settlement when we contact them (not earlier than 7 days before the settlement date under the Contract) and if we are required to make further telephone calls to your financier to enable the settlement to be scheduled, then we may levy an Additional Fee to you.
  • When purchasing a property, if the purchase is subject to a pest and building inspection by a due date (“the Pest and Building Date”), then we assume that:
  • you will confirm to us your satisfaction of your pest and building inspections by the Pest and Building Date. If any extensions of the Pest and Building Date are required, we may levy an Additional Fee to you;
  • you will not require us to renegotiate the purchase price under the Contract; If you require us to renegotiate the purchase price under the Contract on your behalf, then we may levy an Additional Fee to you;
  • you will not require the rectification of any issues arising from your building and pest inspections by the seller; If you require us to negotiate the rectification of issues arising from your building and pest inspections on your behalf, then we may levy an Additional Fee to you;
  1. When purchasing a property, if the Property has a swimming pool and a Compliance or Exemption Certificate is not provided to you at the time of entering into the Contract making the Contract subject to an inspection of the swimming pool to be carried out by a Pool Safety Inspector by the pool safety inspection date, then we assume that:
  • you will confirm to us by the pool safety inspection date that you are satisfied with the results of the inspection of the swimming pool. If any extensions of the pool safety inspection date are required, we may levy an Additional Fee to you;
  • you will not require us to renegotiate the purchase price under the Contract. If you require us to renegotiate the purchase price under the Contract on your behalf, then we may levy an Additional Fee to you;
  1. When selling a property, if the property is mortgaged, then we assume that you will contact your mortgagee promptly after entering into the Contract to inform your mortgagee of the sale and you have done and will do everything required by your mortgagee (such as executing documents and returning them to the financier or your broker) in a prompt and timely manner enabling settlement to be effected on the scheduled date for settlement in accordance with the Contract. To this end, we assume that when we telephone your financier to schedule the settlement, the financier has received all documents and information from you allowing us to make the booking for settlement. If your financier is not in a position to schedule the settlement when we contact them (not earlier than 7 days before the settlement date under the Contract) and if we are required to make further telephone calls to your financier to enable the settlement to be scheduled, then we may levy an Additional Fee to you.
  2. That the Contract does not contain any non-standard or unusual special conditions requiring us to carry out and provide any unusual work in the conveyance. If your Contract contains any non-standard or unusual special conditions, we will notify you as soon as we become aware of such special conditions and we will provide you with an estimate of any extra fees that may be levied by us.
  3. That there are no encumbrances on the title for the Property. If there are encumbrances on the title for the Property, we will recommend to you that you should instruct us to obtain images of these registered encumbrances. We use the services of a search agent to obtain these images and the costs we are invoiced from these search agents is the cost that you will incur in us obtaining these imaged encumbrances, if necessary. There is no “mark-up” by us on these images. If you require legal advice in relation to the encumbrances, we will provide you with a separate quotation for the advice upon request.
  4. That we will need to liaise with the following parties in a standard conveyance:
    • Yourselves
    • The real estate agent;
    • The solicitor or conveyancer acting for the other party (one firm); and
    • Your financier and/or broker.
    • If we are required to correspond or liaise with any person or entity other than the above parties, we may levy an Additional Fee to you.
  5. That settlement will be effected in Brisbane (CBD) on the settlement date and at the time nominated for settlement to be effected. If:
  • Settlement is outside of Brisbane (CBD), we will need to engage the services of a settlement agent at the town or place for settlement. Settlement agents charge anywhere between $50.00 and $150.00 to act as an agent at settlement. The cost that we are invoiced from the settlement agent is the extra cost you will incur in us engaging the settlement agent. There is no “mark-up” by us on the engagement of a settlement agent.
  • Settlement is not effected on the settlement date or at the time nominated for settlement, we may levy an Additional Fee to you.

Additional Fee means an amount not exceeding $35.00 plus gst:

  1. per extension request; or
  2. for each occurrence of your financier not being able to schedule the settlement due to unfulfilled outstanding requirements of it requiring us to contact it again to book in settlement; or
  3. in relation to renegotiations, per correspondence to/from you, the agent and the conveyancer/solicitor acting for the other party; or
  4. in relation to liaising with non-standard parties, per correspondence or communication to/from such party; or
  5. in relation to communications or correspondences outside of the scope of a Standard Conveyance, per correspondence or communication; or
  6. if we attend at settlement and settlement is not effected requiring us to re-attend at a later date or time, then per additional attendance.

3. Exclusion of Off-The-Plan and Non-REIQ or ADL Form Contracts (“Tailored Form Contracts”)

The Standard Conveyancing Package does not apply to:

  1. Off-The-Plan Contracts; and
  2. Contracts which are not in the REIQ or ADL Forms format of contract

Tailored forms of Contracts contain non-standard provisions and are therefore specifically excluded from the Standard Conveyancing Fee. We at Brisbane Conveyancing are able to comprehensively advise you in relation to these forms of tailored contracts and we can provide you with a quotation for these services upon request. To give you an estimate of what we would charge you for an “off-the-plan” contract, it usually is around $1,500.00. But call us and we will be able to guide you further on this.

4. Searches

The standard searches included in the Standard Conveyancing Package are set out in the break-down of the Standard Conveyancing Package. These standard searches do not ensure that your rights and interest in relation to the Property are fully protected.

In addition to the standard searches, we strongly recommend that you carry out certain other searches to ensure that you re fully informed about the Property that you are purchasing. For example, some of the additional searches are:

  1. Department of Main Roads – this search will tell you if the Department of Main Roads have any plans concerning the Property or areas surrounding the Property;
  2. Contaminated Land search – this search will tell you if the Property has been listed on the Contaminated Land Register or the Environmental Management Register;
  3. Powerlink search – this search will tell you if Powerlink have any interests in the Property.
  4. Energex search – this search will tell you if there is any electricity connection to the Property.
  5. Local Authority (full) search – this search gives you much more information than just the outstanding rates owing on the Property. It gives you information such as whether or not the property is flood affected, whether there are any vegetation protections orders on the Property, whether there are any outstanding plumbing approvals, it provides plumbing/drainage plans to the Property, and other important information concerning the Property.
  6. Building Records search – this search tells you what buildings or improvements erected on the Property have been approved;
  7. Inspection Dwelling search – this search tells you whether or not the council holds final inspection certificates in respect of the Property.
  8. Native Title search – this search tells you if the Property is subject to a claim under Native Title laws.
  9. Heritage Register search – this search tells you if the Property is on the Heritage register or if there are any heritage agreements affecting the Property or if there are any prohibitions on use of the Property as a result of it being Heritage listed.
  10. Telco search – this search shows you where the major telecommunications network cables (including fibre-optics) are located on or in the vicinity of the Property.
  11. Special Water Meter Reading – this search provides an up to date reading of the water meter for settlement adjustment purposes.

We will provide you with the approximate costs of these additional searches upon request. We use the services of a search agent for our searches and the costs we are invoiced from these search agents is the cost that you will incur in us carrying out these searches, if requested by you. There is no “mark-up” by us on these searches.

  • You must deposit the Search Costs into our trust account prior to any additional searches being undertaken by us. We require the Search Costs at least 14 days prior to the Settlement Date If we do not receive the Search Costs into our trust account by this date, we will assume that you do not want to undertake any additional searches.

5. Terminations

Unfortunately not all Contracts continue to settlement. Some Contracts which are, for example, conditional upon the buyer obtaining satisfactory pest and building inspections or satisfactory finance approval or pool inspections may be validly terminated under the terms of the Contract.

In the event of a Contract being validly terminated, we will only charge you a handling fee of $110.00 + GST and any searches that we may have undertaken on your behalf as at the date of termination (note that in addition to the handling fee will be any Additional Fees and Legal Advice Fees accumulated as at the date of termination).

In the event that you terminate your retainer (i.e. withdraw your instructions) with our firm prior to the completion of your matter we will be entitled to charge you the Standard Fee plus any Additional Fees and Legal Advice Fees incured along with the cost of any searches that we may have undertaken on your behalf up until such termination.

In the event that the contract is terminated due to a failure to settle on the settlement date, then we may charge the Standard Conveyancing Fee and any Additional Fees and the cost of any searches that we may have undertaken on your behalf as at the date of termination.

6. What if something goes “wrong”

If during the conveyance an event occurs (e.g. the other party does something or omits to do something required by him or her under the Contract or at law, and if we are required to enforce your rights) that is not specifically covered by these terms and conditions, we may levy extra fees to you. At the time of this event occurring, our experienced property solicitors will notify you of your rights and provide you with all of the options available to you along with our best estimate (based on that point in time) on the extra fees you can expect to incur from us to enable you to make an informed decision. You can then decide how you want to move forward. You are the client and you are in control of your conveyance.

7. Legal Advice

If you require us to provide legal advice which falls outside the scope of our retainer set out in clause 1 above, we will charge $50.00 plus GST per ten minutes or part thereof (Legal Advice Fees). Any Legal Advice Fees incurred will be levied in your final account and you acknowledge and accept such Legal Advice Fees.

8. Administration Charges

In the event that you engage us to act on your behalf and decide not to proceed with our service. We may levy professional fees for the opening of your file in the amount of $110.00 plus GST.

It is often difficult to arrange for clients to present cheques to their banks for refunds of small amounts of money issued from our trust account. The effect of this is that the funds remain sitting on our trust account for years. Accordingly, on completion of your matter, if there is a balance held in our trust account of not more than $5.00, we may levy professional fees equal to the amount remaining in our trust account up to an amount of $5.00so that the funds can be withdrawn from our trust account.

9. Handling Fee

In order to open your file, we will request that you deposit a Handling Fee into our trust account, to be held on account of your fees and disbursements. These funds will be applied to your final invoice and is not in addition to our Standard Conveyancing Fee.

10. Postage

Standard post is included in our Standard Conveyancing Fee, however, if we deem it necessary given the circumstances of your matter to send items by express, registered or international post the cost of the same will be included as a disbursement on your final invoice.

11. Electronic Transfer of Funds

We advise that there have been recent cases where fraudsters have sent emails purporting to be from a law firm and requested clients transfer funds for a settlement. Should you receive any email from our office requesting the transfer of funds, please telephone our office to confirm our account details prior to attending to any transfer.

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