Adjustments are the exercise taken just before the settlement of a conveyancing transaction. Ownership of a property involves outgoings such as Council rates and water rates, and with some properties that are leased, regular income such as rent.
The outgoings and income are recurring in nature and usually relate to an ascertainable period such as yearly, quarterly or monthly. Settlement may occur at any time during that period so that the outgoings or income may be prepaid or owing at the time of settlement. For fairness to the parties, the outgoings and income are adjusted at the time of settlement so that neither party bears the expense or gains the benefit of the outgoings or income for a period when they were not the property owner.
Below is an explanation of how adjustments are made.
Payable by Purchaser
The first figures to consider are the purchase price, less the deposit, which leaves a balance due and payable by the purchaser at settlement. For example, if the purchase price for the property inclusive of any GST is $205,000, less a deposit of $19,001, then a balance of $185,999 is due at settlement.
|Payable by Purchaser|
|Less Deposit||$ 19,001.00|
Council rates are for the period 1 July to 30 June each year. In the current council year (1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020), there are 366 days in the year (leap year). If the settlement is due on 24 September 2019, that only leaves us 280 days in the current council year. The council rates for the property for the year are $1,777.55. Therefore, we take the yearly rate of $1,777.55, divide it by 366 days in a year and then multiply it by 280 days, which equals $1,359.87. This amount is the amount the purchaser will allow to the vendor as the new owner.
|Current Council Rates|
|For Period 1/07/2019 to 30/06/2020 – 366 days $1,810.64|
|Purchaser allows 165 days|
|For period 24/09/2019 to 30/06/2020||$1,359.87|
Water Rates are for the current quarter. The quarters for each year are as follows:
- 1 July – 30 September;
- 30 October – 31 December;
- 1 January – 31 March, and
- 1 April – 30 June.
In our example, the relevant quarter is from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019. There are 91 days in the quarter. The settlement is on 24 September 2019, which leaves 6 days in the current water rate quarter. The water rates for the property for the quarter are $177.91. Therefore, we take the quarterly rate of $177.91, divide it by 91 days in the quarter, and multiply it by 6 days, which equals $11.73. This amount is the amount the purchaser will allow to the vendor for water rates as the new owner.
|For Period 1/07/2019 to 30/09/2019 – 91 days|
|Purchaser allows 6 days|
|$177.91 Adjusted as Paid|
|For period 24/09/2019 to 30/06/2019||$144.67|
Vendor allowance for Discharge of Mortgage
If the vendor has a mortgage, it must be discharged (taken off) at settlement. The vendor allows an amount of $110.80 (electronic lodgement fee) for this to occur.
|Vendor allows for Discharge of Mortgage||$110.80|
Finalisation of funds due to be paid
We have to add both columns to finalise the funds owing at settlement.
Payable by the purchaser – the balance of funds due at settlement being $185,999, plus council rates of $1,359.87 and plus water rates of $144.67 = $187,503.54.
Payable by the vendor – discharge of mortgage fee = $110.80.
Then to finalise, we take the amount payable by purchase which is $187,503.54 take away the amount payable by the vendor of $110.80 = $187,392.57. This is the amount due at settlement by the purchaser.
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