The Need for Buyer Beware

When it comes to conveyancing transactions, the principle of “buyer beware” holds significant importance. Conveyancing refers to the legal process of transferring property ownership from the seller to the buyer. In this context, “buyer beware” signifies that the buyer must exercise caution and diligence throughout the transaction to protect their interests.

Below are key reasons why buyers need to be aware and proactive during conveyancing transactions, and the importance of seeking professional assistance for your transaction:

Misleading or Incomplete Disclosure:

In Queensland, sellers are legally obligated to provide accurate and complete disclosure about the property being sold. However, buyers should remain cautious, as some sellers may attempt to conceal pertinent information or provide misleading disclosures. Buyers need to conduct thorough inspections, property searches, and investigations to identify any issues such as encumbrances, unregistered easements, zoning restrictions, or structural defects. Failure to uncover these issues can result in costly consequences and legal disputes.

Financial and Legal Risks:

Buyers are highly advised to include conditions within their conveyancing transaction to minimise any financial or legal risks. Conditions are typically included in a contract of sale to protect the buyer’s interests and ensure a smooth transaction. For example, if there are hidden defects or issues with the property that were not disclosed by the seller, the buyer may be responsible for costly repairs or renovations.

(i) Building and pest inspections:

A building inspection can help identify structural issues, such as roof damage, plumbing or electrical problems. Identifying these issues beforehand allows the buyer to assess the extent of the problem and estimate potential repair costs. It also helps in making an informed decision about whether to proceed with the purchase or negotiate repairs with the seller.

(ii) Finance conditions:

Buyers who require financing to purchase the property may face risks if they don’t include conditions related to mortgage approval. Without such conditions, if the buyer fails to secure the necessary financing, they may be obligated to proceed with the purchase or risk losing their deposit.

The importance of Professional Assistance:

Engaging a qualified and experienced conveyancer or solicitor is crucial for buyers in Queensland. These professionals possess the expertise to identify potential risks, interpret legal jargon, and ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Their involvement can provide buyers with peace of mind, safeguard their interests, and facilitate a smooth conveyancing process.

Call our team on (07) 5591 5099 to speak with one of our experienced conveyancing lawyers for further information or assistance in your conveyancing transaction.


Prepared by Pip Davis

Legal Practice Director Paul Robert Davis

Date: 19.05.2023