Question 1

What is a Section 32 document?

A section 32 document gets its name from the Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act, which details the information a vendor needs to provide to a purchaser before signing a Contract of Sale. This information typically includes:

  • The title
  • Who owns the property
  • Mortgages or caveats over the property
  • Easements that affect the land
  • Covenants
  • Property zoning
  • Planning overlays
  • Council and water rate information
  • Any building permits obtained over the last 7 years
  • Whether the property is prone to bushfires

Section 32 documents are also known as Vendor Statements and are available for viewing by prospective buyers before they form a contract for the property. They are often shown to solicitors or conveyancers for review prior to entering into a Contract of Sale.