Researching an Owners Corporation in Victoria

Researching an Owners Corporation requires careful consideration of a variety of factors, including financial stability, by-laws, rules and regulations, and the overall management of the property. In Victoria buyers have free access to useful Owners Corporation information via the Contract Of Sale which must include a current Section 32 Owners Corporation Certificate.

Here are some tips for conducting thorough research:

  1. Review the Owners Corporation records: You can request access to the Owners Corporation records to obtain information about its finances, budget, and any outstanding debts or expenses. The records will also provide details of any past or ongoing maintenance or repair works, special levies, and other significant matters affecting the property.
  2. Check the Owners Corporation certificate: The Owners Corporation certificate contains important information, such as the rules and by-laws of the property, insurance details, active building orders (e.g. cladding issues) and other relevant information. You can obtain a copy of the certificate from the vendor or the vendor’s representative.
  3. Review the minutes of recent Owners Corporation meetings: The minutes of recent meetings will provide you with valuable insights into the management of the Owners Corporation, including any significant issues or concerns raised by members, and the actions taken to address these matters.
  4. Check the maintenance history: Request information about the maintenance history of the property, including details of any repairs or maintenance work that has been carried out, and the condition of the common areas.
  5. Speak to other owners or tenants: If possible, speak to other owners or tenants within the property to get a better understanding of their experiences and any issues they have encountered with the Owners Corporation.
  6. Seek professional advice: Consider engaging an experienced property negotiator, property lawyer or a conveyancer to assist you with the research process. They can review the relevant documentation and provide you with advice on any potential issues or concerns.

In Victoria, vendors must supply a current Owners Corporation certificate.  If the Owners Corporation information is out of date, insist on an updated one.

By conducting thorough research, you can make an informed decision when buying into an Owners Corporation in Victoria, and ensure that you are well-prepared for the responsibilities and obligations that come with ownership.

Section 32’s in Victoria

In the state of Victoria, Australia, a Section 32 Owners Corporation Certificate (also known as a vendor’s statement) is a legal document that contains information about a property’s Owners Corporation. The document is typically provided by the property owner or the vendor when selling a property that is subject to an Owners Corporation.

The Section 32 Owners Corporation Certificate is designed to provide potential buyers with important information about the Owners Corporation, such as:

  • The amount of the Owners Corporation fees: The certificate should include information about the fees and any special levies that are payable by the owner of the property.
  • The rules and by-laws of the Owners Corporation: The certificate should include a copy of the Owners Corporation’s rules and by-laws, which set out the regulations and restrictions that apply to the property.
  • The financial position of the Owners Corporation: The certificate should include financial statements and other relevant information that provide details of the Owners Corporation’s income and expenses, assets and liabilities, and any outstanding debts.
  • Any legal proceedings or disputes involving the Owners Corporation: The certificate should include information about any legal proceedings or disputes that involve the Owners Corporation, such as any ongoing litigation or disputes between the Owners Corporation and its members or developers/builders, active building orders and other defect issues.

The Section 32 Owners Corporation Certificate is a critical document that buyers should review carefully before making an offer on a property. Buyers should also seek professional advice from a property lawyer or conveyancer to ensure they understand the information contained in the certificate and any potential risks or issues that may arise from owning property within an Owners Corporation.

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