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Retirement villages and aged care


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Retirement villages and aged care


The demand for retirement living options and aged care services is constantly increasing.

Our Property Law department offers expertise in the specialised area of retirement villages, supported residential services and aged care.  We work closely with residents looking to move into retirement, aged care or supported residential service facilities.

We focus on understanding our client’s individual needs and wishes and identify the opportunities and risks associated with retirement villages and supported accommodation options.

In addition to advising residents, we also offer the following services to owners and managers in the retirement living and aged care sectors:

  • Selling and purchasing retirement living facilities;

  • Advising on land acquisition and planning;

  • Preparing standard residential agreements; and

  • Advising on compliance with retirement village and aged care legislation.

RETIREMENT VILLAGES AND AGED CARE CONTACTS

Emma Buchanan
Cecilia Moon

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Property Development & Subdivisions


Property Development & Subdivisions


 Harwood Andrews’ property law team is skilled in all facets of property development. Our team includes Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists in Property Law.

Our clients range from small to large property developers, councils and statutory authorities. We support our clients from the start to the end of a property development including:

    • Site acquisition and due diligence

    • Compulsory acquisition, valuation and compensation [link to our other page]

    • Contract negotiation

    • Development agreements

    • Section 173 agreements

    • Subdivision applications including not in common ownership (NICO)

    • Taxation consequences of development [link]

    • Legislation and regulation compliance

Property development and subdivisions contacts

Don Robinson

Deborah Mann

Stuart Monotti

Emma Buchanan

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Commercial leasing and licencing


Commercial leasing and licencing


Our leasing team advises clients in relation to the preparation and negotiation of leases for commercial premises including leases governed by the Retail Leases Act, as well as related agreements including licences.

Our commercial leasing team includes Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists in Commercial Tenancy Law, who act for both landlords and tenants in large shopping centres and office towers in Melbourne and Geelong.

Our team also provides specialist advice to government instrumentalities for leases and licences, including those governed by the Crown Land (Reserves) Act.

Harwood Andrews is well versed in helping you understand your rights and obligations under leasing and licencing agreements and maximising the benefits available to you.  Our practitioners regularly appear at the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal and mediations by the Small Business Commissioner on leasing dispute matters.

We also apply our specialist knowledge of commercial tenancy law including leases governed by the Retail Leases Act, to provide counsel in relation to leasing disputes.

COMMERCIAL LEASING CONTACTS

Deborah Mann
Stuart Monotti
Emma Buchanan

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Owners Corporations and Bodies Corporate


Owners Corporations and Bodies Corporate


 Harwood Andrews’ property law team is skilled in dealing with the many aspects of Owners Corporation law. We act for lot owners, Owners Corporations and managers.

Our team includes Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists in Property Law. We understand the complexities and nuances involved in dealing with Owners Corporations and can assist in dispute resolution.

Harwood Andrews provides advice on matters including:

  • Entering contractual arrangements with third parties and with individual lot members

  • Lot boundaries and common property

  • Adverse possession

  • Common property and lot property leases and licences

  • Creating, altering and removing common and lot property

  • Repairs and maintenance

  • Owners Corporation rules

  • Dispute resolution

Owners Corporations and Bodies Corporate contacts

Deborah Mann

Stuart Monotti

Emma Buchanan

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Compulsory Acquisitions


Compulsory Acquisitions


Harwood Andrews’ property law team is skilled in working with members of the public, state instrumentalities, state and local government and public authorities regarding compulsory acquisition of property.

Harwood Andrews has a detailed understanding of the operation of compulsory acquisition legislation and the requirements placed on authorities that have the power to compulsorily acquire land and compensate landowners.

We work closely with local governments and statutory authorities to streamline the compulsory acquisition process.

Compulsory acquisition contacts

Deborah Mann

Emma Buchanan

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Easements and covenants


Easements and covenants


Covenants and easements can have a major impact on how landowners can use their property.

Easements are property rights over another’s land. They include rights over roads and carriageway easements, and easements for services such as water and sewerage. Restrictive covenants govern the way land can be used and developed. These include restrictions on how land can be developed, and the building materials used when building on the land.

Harwood Andrews provides advice on encumbrances to both public authorities and private clients.

We assist with

  • Investigating covenants, easements and other encumbrances before buying a property

  • Removing and varying covenants, easements and other encumbrances

  • Creating covenants over land by agreement or compulsorily

Easements and covenants contacts

Deborah Mann

Stuart Monotti

Cecilia Moon

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Adverse possession


Adverse possession


Harwood Andrews regularly works with clients to make and respond to adverse possession and related claims. We assist with:

  • Applications for vesting orders based on possessory title

  • Boundary disputes arising from fencing alignment

  • Disputes over rights of way and private roads

Adverse possession contacts

Stuart Monotti

Emma Buchanan

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General Law Title


General Law Title


Although Land Use Victoria is actively converting general law land to the Torrens system, properties in the earlier settled areas of Victoria can still have general law titles. If the general law title has been converted under the Titles Office’s initiative, the warning placed on the title should be removed.

Harwood Andrews has considerable experience in this area and can assist you if you have a general law title that you wish to convert and with removal of a warning as to subsisting interests.

General law title conversions contacts

Stuart Monotti

Cecilia Moon

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Property Tax Advice


Property Tax Advice


Harwood Andrews’ property team focuses on identifying and addressing potential taxation issues when acquiring, developing and selling land. We provide practical, strategic and technical advice on the structuring of property ownership, capital gains tax (CGT), goods and services tax (GST) and state duties. Our team has successfully obtained for clients numerous stamp duty and land tax exemptions or concessions.

Harwood Andrews works collaboratively with clients and external regulatory bodies to ensure that clients receive the best and most comprehensive property tax advice. In addition, we work closely with our business law team and taxation specialists to provide holistic state and federal tax advice for businesses and landowners.

Property tax advice contacts

Stuart Monotti

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Buying and selling property (conveyancing)


Buying and selling property (conveyancing)


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Whether you are buying your first commercial property, selling your first development or are experienced in the property market, it’s always essential to have an experienced property expert explain the process for each of the individual transactions or circumstances.

Our conveyancing team has a strong understanding of the property market and offers a comprehensive conveyancing service and specialised legal advice. We work with you to ensure that transactions are handled efficiently and will keep you informed at all stages.

Buying and selling commercial property contacts

Stuart Monotti

Don Robinson

Allison Bruce

Emma Buchanan

Cecilia Moon


Residential

Whether you are buying your first property, or you are experienced in the property market, it’s always essential to have an experienced property expert explain the process for each of the individual transactions or circumstances.

Our conveyancing team has a strong understanding of the property market and offers a comprehensive conveyancing service and specialised legal advice. We work with you to ensure that transactions are handled efficiently and will keep you informed at all stages.

We offer a fixed fee service for residential conveyancing. To receive a free and instant quote simply choose sale or purchase and answer a few short questions. For commercial conveyancing or if you'd like to speak to one of our conveyancers or lawyers directly you can book in a no obligation phone call for a time that suits you.

Harwood Andrews lawyers and conveyancers will assist you with;

  • Reviewing and providing advice on the contract and vendor’s statement.

  • Identifying and dealing with property tax issues arising from your transaction

  • Preparing the contract and vendor’s statement.

  • Providing various documents to your lender and coordinating

  • Checking with the authorities as to details of rates, zoning, land tax and orders which may affect the property.

  • Calculating the adjustment of rates and the balance of money required for settlement.

  • Arranging and attending to settlement. You do not need to attend settlement. We will let you know as soon as you are able to collect the keys from the estate agent and take possession of your property.

  • Notifying the council, water authority and owners corporation (if applicable) that you are now the owner.

Buying and selling residential property contacts

Janet Armstrong

Judy Baker

Mary-Jane Bradshaw

Tracy Willis