- andkozParticipant@andkozJoin Date: 2006Post Count: 10
I am considering a structure for a townhouse development project in Queensland. The land is to be purchased in the name of the structure, townhouse built and after completion each investor will have designated townhouses transferred into his/her entity.Prior to the initial purchase of the property the co-owners would enter into a deed whereby they acknowledge that the land is to be held on bare trust for the benefit of each other in accordance with the proposed plan of subdivision each co-owner will hold their interest in the other co-owners post-partition lot on bare trust for that other co-owner. That is, the land is legally registered in the names of all co-owners as tenants in common in each shares but the each co-owner holds their interest in one post-partition lot absolutely and the balance of that post-partition is held for the benefit on bare trust by the other co-owner(s).
For example, the deed would give effect to the following ownership structure prior to the acquisition of the property:
Post-partition Post-partition Post-partition
Lot 1 Lot 2 Lot 3
Co-owner 1: Co-owner 2: Co-owner 3:
Legally & beneficially owns 1/3 Legally & beneficially owns 1/3 Legally & beneficially owns 1/3
1/3 held by co-owner 2 1/3 held by co-owner 1 1/3 held by co-owner 1
1/3 held by co-owner 3 1/3 held by co-owner 3 1/3 held by co-owner 2
Lot 1 Lot 2 Lot 3
Co-owner 1 Co-owner 2 Co-owner 3
As I understand the beneficiary for whom the interest(s) are held on bare trust is treated as the owner of the asset and is considered to own the interest from the time the property was acquired.
As I understand there should not be any tax consequences on the partitioning. This includes no stamp duty in Queensland.
It should be noted that the Bare Trusts are not as simple as Bare Trusts used for SMSF, where they hold only one property. The Bare Trusts in this case hold 1/3 of a lot for the Co-owner 1, 1/3 for the Co-owner 2 and 1/3 for the Co-owner 3.
I am wondering whether anybody has any experience with this structure or can recommend any lawyers or accountants familiar with his structure.TerrywParticipant@terrywJoin Date: 2001Post Count: 16,213
This is called a deed of partition. It has to be set up like you say with each % ownership in accordance with the final land size for that person. Should be possible to avoid stamp duty on the final transfer (or nominal) and a beneficiary is assessed, generally, as the owner for income tax purposes. Legally each person will own the same percentage too so it will be the same.
But the hard part will be finance. Each and every wner will have to guarantee or be joint borrowers with all the others. Joint and severally liable etc.Richard TaylorParticipant@qlds007Join Date: 2003Post Count: 12,024
As Terry has mentioned Deed of Partiton would sound like the way forward but finance may not be possible or of possible very restrictive and not ideal for each party in the future.
If are in Sydney and want some top advice you can't go past Terry.
If you are in Brisbane then try Darryl who is ay
PRO Town Planners Brisbane 3399 4969 [email protected]
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No Darryl just trying to endorse your services lol.
Yes darn phone screen is too small or is my eyesight this time of night in the dark.
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