How Can a Conveyancer Help If You Are Buying an Animal Boarding Kennel?

24 May 2016
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If you are buying an animal boarding kennel, you have to understand a lot about commercial real estate and the legalities involved. If you want to ensure that everything is done correctly, you may want to work with a conveyancer. Here are four ways that a conveyancer may help you through the process:

1. Helping you understand the implications of pre-purchase inspections

With any real estate transaction, a number of pre-purchase inspections are typically required. If you are buying a kennel, you need to ensure that the zoning certificate is valid. If the property is not zoned for commercial purposes, you may not be able to run your business after acquiring it.

Similarly, if the zoning in that area doesn't allow livestock and you want to offer large animal veterinary services in addition to animal boarding, your business will be limited. A conveyancer helps ensure everything is in order so that you can buy the facility and open your business seamlessly.

2. Preparing the purchase contract.

If you are buying a boarding kennel, you may just be buying the facility, or you may be buying the business along with its client list and all of the equipment in the kennel. With complicated sales, it's important that you have an ironclad contract that fully explains everything involved in the purchase.

A conveyancer can ensure that the contract accurately reflects what you are buying, and they can also ensure that every other aspect of the contract is framed correctly. This includes earnest money, warranty clauses and other aspects of the sale.

3. Transferring licenses

In Australia, you are required to have a special license to run a dog boarding facility. In some cases this license will transfer from the original owner to you, but in other cases, you will need to apply for your own license. Your conveyancer will make sure that you understand the unique laws in your area so that you don't have a delay in when you are able to open after the sale is complete.

4. Untangling franchise rules

In many cases, if you are buying a kennel, you may be acquiring a mum-and-pop business. However, in other cases, you may be buying a franchise. If your purchase involves a franchise, you have to make sure that your purchase meets all of the local zoning and licensing laws, but you also have to make sure that it abides by the terms of the franchisor as well.

You don't want to buy a property, learn that you don't meet the franchisor's requirements and then have to remove their logo from your facility. To ensure that everything is in order, a conveyancer acts as a liaison between you, the buyer, the franchisor and others.