Guide to purchasing in a body corporate

Purchasing in a body corporate

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Purchasing within a body corporate can be an exciting journey, but it also requires careful consideration. Before you dive headfirst into purchasing a unit, it’s important to ensure that you’re well prepared. By following these steps, you’ll be better equipped to make a wise decision when purchasing a property within a body corporate.

1. Explore and connect

When purchasing in a body corporate, take the time to explore and connect with the community you’ll be living in. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Strike up conversations with current residents and the on-site manager or caretaker. They hold valuable insights about the community and can share their experiences and any concerns.
  • If you’re new to body corporate living in general, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for a comprehensive overview of what you need to know.

2. Seek the expertise of a solicitor

Navigating the ins and outs of buying into a body corporate can be overwhelming. Ease your stress by enlisting the help of an experienced solicitor. They will guide you through the process and ensure you make well informed decisions.

3. Check the records

You have the right to inspect the body corporate records, and here’s how to make the most of it:

  • Reviewing the records can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Simplify the process by hiring a body corporate records search agent. They’ll do the legwork for you and provide a written report with valuable advice.
  • Keep an eye out for any alterations made to the property. It’s important to ensure they have been approved, as you may be responsible for rectifying any unauthorised changes.

4. Balance the levies

Understanding the financial aspects of your purchase is key. Consider these points:

  • When you buy a property within a body corporate, you inherit the previous owners levy balance. Factor in any financial adjustments during your property settlement.
  • Familiarise yourself with the levies associated with the body corporate, including ongoing maintenance costs and other expenses. This will help you plan your budget effectively.

You may want to consider checking out our Complete Guide to Body Corporate Levies to learn more about levies, how they are calculated, where they go, and what services they provide.

5. Announce your arrival

After the dust settles on your property settlement, don’t forget to notify the body corporate of your purchase. This simple step ensures that you will receive all correspondence and benefits that come with joining the body corporate.  

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