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Don't take legal advice from RE agents

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Here is a reminder not to allow the property professional you work stray out of his lane: 

An APIA member recently bought a property with a tenant in situ. She did not require vacant possession and was quite prepared to keep the existing tenant on the property. Like most reasonable buyers, this member asked for a copy of the tenancy agreement, rent and management records. Neither the agent nor the vendor could locate any of these documents. The agent, in what we assume to be an attempt to push the deal through, wrote on the sale and purchase agreement the tenant’s name and, next to it, “new tenancy agreement upon settlement”. The agreement is now unconditional.

The buyer now finds herself with an unenforceable clause. 

Tenancy agreements run with the land, not the owner. The new owner and the tenant are both bound by the existing tenancy agreement. Signing a new agreement now could put the APIA member in breach of termination rules, disadvantage her as to her right to increase rent, inspect etc. This is an instance where a real estate agent had given legal advice to a buyer when he is not qualified to do so. 

We recommend all buyers to involve their solicitors throughout the purchasing process include having agreements fully reviewed before signing.


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Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

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Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

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Stephen Weatherall

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Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

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