Requirements for a transfer by direction have been relaxed in SA.
A recent Revenue Ruling SDA009[V2] states that, unless additional consideration is being paid by the transferee, a Deed of Assignment or Nomination is no longer necessary for any purchaser to direct the vendor to transfer the property to any other person or entity – whether related or not.
The Ruling states that Revenue SA:
- acknowledges that a purchaser named in a contract has a common law right to direct the vendor to transfer the land to any party the purchaser chooses. This common law right to a transfer by direction exists whether or not the purchaser executes the contract with “and/or nominee”; and
- no longer requires a letter of agency/nomination, nor any formal assignment, where a purchaser named in a contract and the person named in the transfer pursuant to that contract are not the same.
However, stamp duty will still be payable where an assignment document is prepared and executed, or when Section 68 of the Stamp Duties Act 1923 applies.
The ruling contains an example direction to the vendor.
The Sale and Purchase commentaries in the by Lawyers SA Conveyancing publication have been updated accordingly.