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bidRhino Auction Rules

 

Using bidRhino Online Actions

 

1.1             By using bidRhino Online Auctions, You agree that you accept the bidRhino Terms and Conditions found at http://www.bidRhino.com.au/policies-rules/terms-conditions.html (Terms). You further agree to acknowledge each of the terms set out in this disclaimer. Any capitalised terms in this disclaimer have the same meaning as given to them in our Terms.

 

1.2             bidRhino Online Auctions is provided as a platform service to enable Members to promote, market and advertise property for rent and facilitate Prospective Tenants and Landlords to establish rental arrangements.

 

1.3             bidRhino is not a Real Estate Agent or an Auctioneer. Although bidRhino’s Site may be referred to as a property or an auction website, it is important to note that bidRhino is not an Auctioneer or an Estate Agent and is not registered as such. 

 

1.4             The information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, bidRhino makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

 

1.5             All rental amounts listed on bidRhino Online Auctions are advisory only and subject to change to reflect bids placed by Members on our Site. bidRhino makes no guarantee or representation that you will or can expect to rent a listed Rental Property for any specific amount or range.

 

1.6             bidRhino provides the Services for the benefit of Members but accepts no responsibility for the Content. To the extent permitted by law, bidRhino excludes all liability for loss or damage arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information contained on or accessed through this Site whether or not caused by any negligence on the part of bidRhino and/or its related companies, directors, employees, agents and representatives.


Bidding Rules

 

1.1             By bidding on a Rental Property, you agree to comply with any prevailing State or Territory laws and regulations (as applicable) and any other terms and conditions required by a Landlord or Landlord's Agent relating to the Rental Property.

 

1.2             We highly recommend that you seek independent legal and financial advice before bidding on a Rental Property through bidRhino Online Auctions.

 

1.3             Subject to our Terms, Bids placed on a Rental Property will only be accepted once the Landlord’s Reserve Price has been reached. Once a Landlord’s Reserve Price has been reached the bidding facility on our Site will turn green which indicates that the auction is “live”.

 

1.4             All bids are subject to the relevant Landlord or Landlord’s Agent accepting your Rental Application.

 

1.5             To the extent permitted by law, bidRhino excludes all liability for loss or damage arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information contained on or accessed through this Site whether or not caused by any negligence on the part of bidRhino and/or its related companies, directors, employees, agents and representatives.

 

1.6             You acknowledge that bidRhino plays no role in providing advisory rental prices for Rental Properties.

 

1.7             Final rental amounts for a Rental Property are likely to vary from advertised prices due to the nature of this online auction. bidRhino cannot estimate and accepts to responsibility for any variance between advertised prices and final winning bids.

 

1.8             You can only retract a bid except in exceptional circumstances, and by agreement with the relevant Landlord or Landlord’s Agent. 

 

1.9             You acknowledge and agree that once a bid is placed by you, subject to our Terms, bidRhino is unable to delete or remove any of Your bids.

 

1.10           If you are the highest bidder on a Rental Property and your Rental Application has been approved You are obliged to complete the rental transaction and enter into a lease with the relevant Landlord, unless the rental transaction is prohibited by law or by our Terms.

 

1.11           You must not (whether alone or in conjunction with another) manipulate the price of any listed Rental Property by any means. You acknowledge that dummy, fraudulent, or deliberately placing misleading bids or offers is NOT permitted in any way, context or method under Our Terms.

 

1.12           bidRhino’s liability for any breach of guarantees that cannot be excluded by law is limited, at bidRhino’s option, to the supply of equivalent services, or paying the cost of supplying equivalent services.  bidRhino is not liable in respect of any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damage in connection with or arising out of a breach of Our Terms (including for loss of profits, use, data, or other economic advantage) that may be suffered or incurred in respect of a failure or omission on the part of bidRhino to comply with its obligations under Our Terms.

 

1.13           By placing a bid on a Rental Property and participating in bidRhino Online Auctions you hereby agree and accept our Terms and each of these Bidding Rules.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE :

 

  • If your property is located in Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory or Tasmania you must be a licensed Auctioneer or Real Estate Agent to sell property. Please refer to your State acts and legal requirements before proceeding with a posting of your property. We highly recommend that you seek legal advice prior to selling your property.
  • Unless otherwise stipulated by the Agent or Vendor, all auctions on www.bidRhino.com.au will be subject to one of the below schedules.
  • Schedule 1 is the most common and default schedule, but Schedule 2, 3 or 4 may apply, if so the agent / vendor must make this clear in their auction terms and property page
  • The below schedules are applicable for the state of Victoria, Australia.

 

  

 

SCHEDULE 1

Regulations 5, 6, 7
 
 
General rules for the conduct of public auctions of land

  1. The auctioneer may make one or more bids on behalf of the vendor of the land at any time during the auction.
  2. The auctioneer may refuse any bid.
  3. The auctioneer may determine the amount by which the bidding is to be advanced.
  4. The auctioneer may withdraw the property from sale at any time.
  5. The auctioneer may refer a bid to the vendor at any time before the conclusion of the auction.
  6. In the event of a dispute concerning a bid, the auctioneer may re-submit the property for sale at the last undisputed bid or start the bidding again.
  7. If a reserve price has been set for the property and the property is passed in below that reserve price, the vendor will first negotiate with the highest bidder for the purchase of the property.

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SCHEDULE 2

Regulations 5, 6, 7
 
 
Rules for the conduct of public auctions of land—one vendor intends to bid to purchase

  1. The property at this auction is co-owned by two vendors.

    One of the vendors intends to bid to purchase the property at this auction from their co-owner. That vendor may make bids personally, or through a representative, but not through the auctioneer.

    Only the auctioneer can make a bid for the other vendor.
  2. The auctioneer may refuse any bid.
  3. The auctioneer may determine the amount by which the bidding is to be advanced.
  4. The auctioneer may withdraw the property from sale at any time.
  5. The auctioneer may refer a bid to the vendors at any time before the conclusion of the auction.
  6. In the event of a dispute concerning a bid, the auctioneer may re-submit the property for sale at the last undisputed bid or start the bidding again.
  7. If a reserve price has been set for the property and the property is passed in below that reserve price, the vendors will first negotiate with the highest bidder for the purchase of the property.

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SCHEDULE 3

Regulations 5, 6, 7
 

Rules for the conduct of public auctions of land—some vendors intend to bid to purchase


  1. The property at this auction is co-owned by more than two vendors.

    One or more (but not all) of the vendors intend to bid to purchase the property at this auction. They may make bids themselves, or through a representative, but not through the auctioneer.

    Only the auctioneer can make a bid for a vendor not bidding to purchase the property.

  2. The auctioneer may refuse any bid.
  3. The auctioneer may determine the amount by which the bidding is to be advanced.
  4. The auctioneer may withdraw the property from sale at any time.
  5. The auctioneer may refer a bid to the vendors at any time before the conclusion of the auction.
  6. In the event of a dispute concerning a bid, the auctioneer may re-submit the property for sale at the last undisputed bid or start the bidding again.
  7. If a reserve price has been set for the property and the property is passed in below that reserve price, the vendors will first negotiate with the highest bidder for the purchase of the property.

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SCHEDULE 4

Regulations 5, 6, 7
 

Rules for the conduct of public auctions of land—all vendors intend to bid to purchase


  1. The property at this auction is co-owned by two or more vendors.

    Each of the vendors intends to bid to purchase the property at this auction. They may make bids themselves, or through a representative, but not through the auctioneer.

    The auctioneer cannot make a bid at this auction.
  2. The auctioneer may refuse any bid.
  3. The auctioneer may determine the amount by which the bidding is to be advanced.
  4. The auctioneer may withdraw the property from sale at any time.
  5. The auctioneer may refer a bid to the vendors at any time before the conclusion of the auction.
  6. In the event of a dispute concerning a bid, the auctioneer may re-submit the property for sale at the last undisputed bid or start the bidding again.
  7. If a reserve price has been set for the property and the property is passed in below that reserve price, the vendors will first negotiate with the highest bidder for the purchase of the property.

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SCHEDULE 5

Regulation 6
 

Information concerning the conduct of public auctions of land


Meaning of Vendor


The vendor is the person who is selling the property that is being auctioned. There may be more than one vendor. Where there are two or more vendors, they are selling the property as co-owners.


Bidding by Co-owners


Where there are two or more vendors of the property, one or some or all of them may bid to purchase the property from their co-owners. The vendor or vendors intending to bid to purchase the property can make these bids themselves, or through a representative, but not through the auctioneer.


Vendor bids


The law of Victoriaallows vendors to choose to have bids made for them by the auctioneer. If this is the case, it will be stated as the first rule applying to the auction. However, these bids cannot be made for a co-owner intending to bid to purchase the property from their co-owner or co-owners.


The auctioneer can only make a vendor bid if:

  • the auctioneer declares before bidding starts that he or she can make bids on behalf of a vendor, and states how these bids will be made; and
  • the auctioneer states when making the bid that it is a bid for the vendors. The usual way for an auctioneer to indicate that he or she is making a vendor bid is to say "vendor bid" in making the bid.


What rules and conditions apply to the auction?


Different rules apply to an auction depending upon whether there are any co-owners intending to bid to purchase the property from their co‑owners, and whether vendor bids can be made. The auctioneer must display the rules that apply at the auction.


It is possible that a vendor may choose to have additional conditions apply at the auction. This is only allowed if those additional conditions do not conflict with the rules that apply to the auction or any other legal requirement. The additional conditions are usually contained in the contract of sale.


Copies of the rules


The law requires that a copy of the rules and conditions that are to apply to a public auction of land be made available for public inspection a reasonable time before the auction starts and in any case not less than 30 minutes before the auction starts.


Questions


A person at a public auction of land may ask the auctioneer in good faith a reasonable number of questions about the property being sold, the contract of sale, the rules under which the auction is being conducted and the conduct of the auction.


Forbidden activities at auctions


The law forbids:

 

any person bidding for a vendor other than:

  • the auctioneer (who can only make bids for a vendor who does not intend to purchase the property from their co-owner or co‑owners); or
  • a representative of a vendor who is a co-owner of the property wishing to purchase the property from their co-owner or co‑owners.
  • the auctioneer taking any bid that he or she knows was made on behalf of the vendor, unless it is made by a vendor (or their representative) who is a co-owner wishing to purchase the property.
  • the auctioneer acknowledging a bid if no bid was made.
  • any person asking another person to bid on behalf of the vendor, other than a vendor who is a co-owner engaging a representative to bid for them.
  • any person falsely claiming or falsely acknowledging that he or she made a bid.
  • an intending bidder (or a person acting on behalf of an intending bidder) harassing or interfering with other bidders at a public auction of land.


Substantial penalties apply to any person who does any of the things in this list.

 

Who made the bid?


At any time during a public auction of land, a person at the auction may ask the auctioneer to indicate who made a bid. Once such a request has been made, the auctioneer is obliged by law to comply with such a request before taking another bid.


It is an offence to disrupt an auction


The law forbids an intending bidder or a person acting on behalf of an intending bidder from doing any thing with the intention of preventing or causing a major disruption to, or causing the cancellation of, a public auction of land.


The cooling off period does not apply to public auctions of land


If you purchase a property that has been offered for sale by public auction either at the auction or within 3 clear business days before or after the auction, there is no cooling off period.


What law applies


The information in this document is only intended as a brief summary of the law that applies to public auctions of land in Victoria. Most of the laws referred to in this document can be found in the Sale of Land Act 1962 or the Sale of Land Regulations 2005. Copies of those laws can be found at the following web site: www.dms.dpc.vic.gov.au under the title "LawToday".

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