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Essentials of Property Law

Delivered by experts in various fields and specialisations of property development law, this comprehensive course covers eight key areas of property law and will bring you up to date on changes which are occurring.

Topics 1 – Acquisitions and Disposals

  • What constitutes a contract of sale?
  • The use of option agreements
  • How can I share project risk through development agreements, project delivery and joint ventures?
  • Preliminary due diligence
  • What are key considerations for buyers and sellers?

Topics 2 – Planning Law

  • How is planning law structured and the role of SEPP’s, LEP’s and DCP’s?
  • Submission of DA’s to Council and what to look for
  • Planning law outside the EP&A Act
  • Current state of the review of planning legislation

Topic 3 – Building and Construction Law

  • Developer’s statutory liability for defects
  • What constitutes a “developer who does the work” creating liability
  • Managing liability of defects with builders
  • Dealing with building defects and building bonds under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015

Topic 4 – Property Marketing

  • Trade practice and responsibilities of the marketer
  • Unfair selling practices and disclosure
  • Selling off the plan

Topic 5 – Strata Law

  • Review and discuss BMC’s, strata, community and other forms of group title ownerships
  • Particular projects will be discussed to provide examples of different title structures and options
  • The risks associated with various structures will be explored and consideration given to managing risk
  • High level discussion regarding the strata reforms commencing in November 2016

Topic 6 – Finance

  • How does the Foreign Investment Review Board work?
  • What are foreign buyers’ responsibilities under foreign investment regulations?
  • What are property developers’ obligations? Are there exemptions? Are there thresholds? Penalties?

Topic 7 – Industrial Relations

  • Employment law’s interaction with operating in property
  • Issues with employing staff, including award compliance
  • Minimising the impact of industrial disputes
  • Recent and upcoming changes to the law