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Property & Planning Law
Real estate law concerns transactions and disputes about real property (meaning land). An important area of real estate law is that of buying, selling and ownership and transfer disputes. There are strict legal requirements that differ across state and territories if you want to buy or sell a property. A lawyer can help you fill out complex forms correctly, ensure that any contracts are properly drafted, and otherwise make sure that your interests are protected throughout the process. When disputes arise the transfer of land, real estate law determines how those disputes are to be resolved.
There are also comprehensive regulatory regimes in each state for the leasing of property, whether a residential lease or a commercial lease. These include basic standards for leasing to residential tenants, including who is responsible for certain kinds of damage, and if and how a person can be evicted. As a tenant or landlord it is important to know and understand your rights and obligations because this will assist you to navigate this often complex area.