Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the Costs involved?

A. As no two settlements are alike and often incur different adjustments and disbursements, a firm quote can be provided to you prior to undertaking any conveyancing by either telephoning our office on 8447 4255 or emailing admin@portadelaideconveyancers.com.au


Q. What are Searches?

A. We undertake to order prescribed statutory searches from the Land Services Group and rating authorities for the property prior to settlement. This is to ensure that we are dealing with the correct property and to ascertain details of rates due and payable.


Q. What are Adjustments?

A. Adjustments are made for Local Council, SA Water, Land Tax, Emergency Services Levy and any Strata/Community Corporation contributions that may apply. Adjustments are made to ensure that all rates & taxes on the property have been paid and that you do not receive an account for arrears for services to that property prior to the settlement date. Rates are paid to the end of the current billing year.


Q. What are disbursements?

A. Disbursements are expenses incurred during the process of the transaction. You will be advised of all disbursements prior to settlement.


Q. What is the difference between “tenants in common” and “joint tenants”?

A. When land is transferred to more than one person, they can own it (be “registered on the Certificate of Title”) either as Joint Tenants or as Tenants in Common.

In very simple terms, JOINT TENANTS collectively own one interest in the land. Various consequences flow from owning as a Joint Tenant. For example, any one Joint Tenant:-

  • is entitled to occupy the whole of the land;
  • has exactly the same interest (share) in the land as every other Joint Tenant;
  • cannot easily sell/transfer his or her interest to anyone other than another Joint Tenant in the same land;
  • cannot leave the share in the land to a person of his or her choice by Will. The share of a Joint Tenant passes to the other Joint Tenant(s) when he or she dies, whether or not they are named in the Will as beneficiaries.

It is usual (but not essential) that a husband and wife acquire land as Joint Tenants.

In contrast, TENANTS IN COMMON own individual shares in an interest in the land. A Tenant in Common:-

  • may be entitled to occupy only part of the land;
  • may have a greater or lesser interest in the land than the other Tenant(s) in Common;
  • can freely transfer his or her interest to anyone;
  • can leave his or her share in the land to a person of their choice, in their will.

Ownership as Tenants in Common is usually preferred by:-

  • purchasers who want to retain the ability to transfer their interest independently of the other(s) or leave it to a person of their choice by Will;
  • purchasers who have contributed unequally to the purchase and so, wish to hold the land in unequal shares that reflect the proportion of the contribution of each.