Legislative change will impact on conveyancing

Dixon, William M. (2006) Legislative change will impact on conveyancing. The Queensland Lawyer, 26(4), pp. 181-185.

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One of the more significant conveyancing decisions of 2005 was MNM Developments Pty Ltd v Gerrard [2005] QCA 230 (‘Gerrard’). Real estate agents, in particular, became concerned when the Court of Appeal raised grave doubts concerning the validity of a contract for the sale of residential property formed by the use of fax. As a result, the government acted quickly to introduce amendments to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (Qld) (‘PAMDA’) and the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (‘BCCMA’). The relevant Act is the Liquor and Other Acts Amendment Act 2005 (Qld). These amendments commenced on 1 December 2005.

In the second reading speech, the Minister stated that these amendments would provide certainty for sellers of residential properties or their agents when transmitting pre-contractual documents by facsimile and other electronic means. The accuracy of this prediction must be assessed in light of the errors that may occur.

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ID Code: 42434
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Real estate agents, conveyancing, contract validity, Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (Qld) , Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) , Liquor and Other Acts Amendment Act 2005 (Qld)
ISSN: 0312-1658
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Property Law (excl. Intellectual Property Law) (180124)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Lawbook Company
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2011 23:21
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 23:21

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