Property buyers will be told upfront whether land is in a bushfire-prone area, when changes to Victorian property laws come into effect on 31 July 2013.
Following recommendations to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act 1962 will be amended to require a seller to disclose if a property for sale is in a bushfire-prone area.
The amended section will state ‘32(2)(dc) if the land is in a bushfire prone area within the meaning of regulations made under the Building Act 1993, a statement that the land is in such an area’.
From 31 July 2013, sellers will be required to establish whether their property is in a bushfire-prone area. If so, they must ensure this information is disclosed in the Section 32.
Prospective buyers are encouraged to conduct their own due diligence. Information about whether a property is in a designated bushfire-prone area is available free, by searching the Victorian Government's Land Channel website.
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