Why does a LIM cost so much?
Depending on the property, up to 17 Council teams need to share their expertise to ensure the LIM is accurate and complete. A LIM is a small percentage of the potential purchase price, so it’s a smart investment to make.
Why does a LIM take so long?
Up to 17 council departments need to input expertise and various records need to be accessed. All data, then needs to be checked and collated to make sure you’re getting accurate information.
I’m in a rush – why can’t you do my LIM today?
We process LIMs in the order they were requested and as fast as we can. We know how stressful waiting for your LIM can be, and we’ll always do what we can to help.
What’s the difference between normal 10 day and 5 day fast-track residential LIMs?
For an extra fee, fast-track pushes you to the front of the queue. This is a service we try and provide for people in a time-pressured sale situations. When we receive a lot of applications, we have to withdraw the fast-track service as we can’t honour the 5-day turnaround.
Can’t I get this information for free from Council front counter staff?
You can get some information (e.g. rates, building plans) for free via our website or from the main office at 30 Laings Road. Other important information can be provided through an Official Information Request (OIR). An OIR can take over 20 working days to process.
The only way to get the full information on a property (including leaky building status, meth contamination, and flooding and landslip history) is through a LIM.
I know someone had a LIM done last year – why can’t I just have a copy of that LIM?
Because a LIM is a snapshot in time, an old LIM may not be a complete picture of the property. While an old LIM could be helpful, it should not be relied upon to purchase the biggest asset of your life.
A LIM is a legal contract between Council and the purchaser of the LIM. Relying on a LIM you did not purchase from Council means you can’t come back to us in the event you find a mistake or something missing in the LIM.
Can’t I just view a copy of the LIM for the property?
No. A LIM doesn’t exist until someone orders one on the property. It also contains confidential information, and any old ones are not available for public viewing.