Before you sign… have you checked the chattels?


August 31 2016


Before you sign… have you checked the chattels?

Moving house can be a big job. On your first night, you’ll want to celebrate with a nice meal and a hot shower. So what happens if the oven doesn’t work or there’s no hot water?

The last thing people think about when making an offer for a property is the condition of the chattels, such as the oven and the hot water cylinder. People often breeze over this list in the agreement. When chattels don’t work when you go to use them, there isn’t much that can be done if you haven’t thought about it when you signed the agreement.

If the chattels aren’t in the same condition as they were when you signed the agreement, you can try to seek a solution from the vendor.

Our commercial property lawyers advise that you check chattels, such as the oven and the hot water cylinder, before you sign. If they don’t work, you can remedy this by including a clause.

You’re entitled to check the chattels before settlement to ensure nothing has changed. This is your only opportunity to try and get something fixed before you have to pay for the property.

Any issues after settlement can either be addressed by contacting our property lawyers or through the Disputes Tribunal. Remember, it’s easier to make sure everything works before you sign and double-check that it still works before you settle.


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