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 Recorded Webinar: Safe as Houses? Tips and Traps in Acting for an Owner Builder Vendor (Vic)

Date:  Recorded: 25th January 2022
Duration:  45 minutes

Acting for an owner builder vendor brings with it significant challenges, particularly as the conveyancer is generally instructed once the property has been built. This session provides an overview of owner builder obligations and what a conveyancer can do to overcome potential problems at the point of sale, including:

  • The legislative framework in Victoria and the regulatory authority
  • What level of building work is caught by the legislation? What is domestic building work?
  • How is an owner builder defined?
  • Is a person who engages a registered builder to undertake the work an owner builder?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of an owner builder?
  • Obligations of the owner building when selling the property, including:
  • Time limits for selling and legislative obligations
  • Obtaining a defects inspection report – requirements for the qualifications of the report author and time limits
  • Domestic building insurance to protect a prospective purchaser
  • Section 32 disclosure of building permits
  • Are any works exempt from the defects inspection report?
  • Contract of Sale requirements and statutory warranties
  • Strategies for negotiating responsibility or compensation for defects or incomplete work identified in the defects inspection report
  • Can a prospective purchaser seek an indemnity from the owner builder?
  • Penalties for legislative non-compliance and contract recission
  • Cases and examples
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Martin C. Galea, Licensed Conveyancer, Tick Box Conveyancing, Victoria

Tick Box Conveyancing Director Martin Galea brings over 30 years of conveyancing and property law experience to the firm. Having founded several conveyancing firms in various locations across Melbourne, Martin acts in a consultancy role for Tick Box Conveyancing.

Martin has established himself as the conveyancer of choice for a number of Melbourne real estate agencies over many years, while his professional and thorough conveyancing methodology also makes him a favourite amongst many reputable property and financial service related professionals. His conveyancing journey started in 1984 when he began working as a legal clerk in a sole practice law firm in Ascot Vale.

From there, Martin would start his first conveyancing practice, MG Conveyancing in 1986.  Martin eventually sold the practice, taking up a valuable opportunity to work with Swersky & Velos Lawyers, a reputable law firm in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.  

As the firm’s senior conveyancer, Martin oversaw the development and exponential growth of the firm’s property arm.  Martin spent eight years in the firm, where he made a number of key legal connections.


This webinar is suitable for property conveyancers in Victoria. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Lawyers can claim 0.75 CPD units – substantive law.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: lisa@tved.net.au

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 Price:  $165.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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