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Sale Of Land Notes

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Sale of Land

Stage 1 - Contract (exchange of promises)
o Must be in writing and signed

Usually purchaser pays a deposit once signed

Part Performance - an oral contract which is not enforceable, but equity might enforce it if 'partly performed' by one of the parties

In NZ - most contracts use the 'Standard Form Contact' (Auckland District Law
o Strict rules to ensure certainty and to encourage evidence in court cases
Stage 2a - Settlement (enabling registration)
o P pays V in full
Stage 2b - Registration

P gets the actual property title
Issue (in-between stage)
o Assuming there is an unconditional contract, what happens if problematic events occur between the contract and settlement/registration? E.g. damage,
death of party
Re Richards (party dies)
o Facts
- Richards left Opie Street to Ms McTague in his will
- Richards and Eade enter into an unconditional agreement to sell Opie
- Richards agrees to buy a house in Meyer Street
- Richards dies

Issue 1 - Did Ms McTague have an interest in Opie Street?
o Issue 2 - Does Ms McTague have an interest in Meyer Street?
o Judgment on Issue 1
- When contract is signed, purchaser (Eade) becomes owner in equity
- Vender (Richard) holds land in a similar way to a trustee
- This means vendor no longer has an interest in the land but in a personal estate i.e. the sum of money being the unpaid purchase price
- Therefore, Opie Street no longer in will (adeemed)
o Judgment on Issue 2 - as Opie Street not in will, can't trace title to Meyer
Clark v Ramuz (when land is damaged)
o Facts
- R enters into contract to sell land to C
- In between, trespasser entered property and took a piece of land

Issue - does the vendor (R) or the purchaser (C) have to pay for the land?
o Default Rules
- Equitable title passes on the contract. This means that risk lies with the purchaser.
- But the vendor becomes a 'sort-of' trustee.

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