Legal and commercial counsel at OwnHome

Full-time, Operations & Finance, Sydney, AU sydney finance legal full-time
Posted 7 months ago

Legal and Commercial counsel ⚖️

About OwnHome:

OwnHome’s mission is to turn renters into homeowners. We believe all Australians deserve the opportunity to build a life and family in the security of their own home, especially the 4.5m young Australians who don't own the home they live in. 

As property prices have skyrocketed, millions of Australians have been left behind with no clear path to homeownership - forced to put their dreams of homeownership on hold. As a result, renters are missing out on a critical wealth-building opportunity: owning a home.

At OwnHome, we're building an on-ramp to homeownership – one that overcomes crippling deposit hurdles, is more flexible, and an overall better fit for the modern Australian family.

About the role:

OwnHome is very much a legal and financial structuring solution to the housing affordability crisis facing Australians. Therefore, astutely and confidently navigating the Australian regulatory landscape is absolutely critical to OwnHome’s success, along with all of the commercial / legal negotiations that go into building a new structured financial product in Australia that supports rent-to-own as an asset class.


  • Serve as OwnHome’s primary lawyer, advising on all aspects of our business, prioritising legal issues for the business

  • Product counseling (work closely with CEOs on OwnHome’s core products that requires creative legal guidance and balance risk versus reward)

  • Corporate governance (lead financing transactions, equity incentive plans, board and stockholder matters)

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders in housing policy (agitate for changes to housing policy that help create new paths for aspiring homeowners in Australia)

  • Be the designated point of contact with any regulatory bodies, and manage any inquiries and audits

  • Work with our structured finance leads to help structure debt facilities

  • Continue to build out OwnHome’s compliance functions and processes for consumer and asset underwriting

  • Create, draft, and implement compliance policies, including Privacy and data security (ensure compliance with various data security and privacy laws such as CCPA, keep our privacy policy updated and counsel on marketing and advertising matters)

  • Draft and negotiate agreements of all types

  • Build out OwnHome’s legal team as we scale

Example specific commercial / legal topics to be tackled:

  • Navigate an exemption to Victoria’s ban on rent-to-own (Ministerial exemption process) with support of external legal counsel

  • Work with state bodies focused on housing affordability to agitate for specific exemptions to burdensome regimes (e.g. stamp duty)

  • Review and help negotiate debt documents / contracts

We’d be thrilled to have you join the OwnHome team because….

  • You an all-star legal guru who loves working across myriad legal and commercial challenges and love working with different functions to deliver win-win outcomes

  • You have an acute sense for what really matters, while also ensuring that the ‘I’s are dotted and the Ts crossed

  • You are comfortable leading commercial negotiations

  • You have experience working with the legal and regulatory framework pertaining to the landlord / tenant relationship, or are excited to learn about property law

  • You have experience with asset-based lending and relevant documentation; or are excited and comfortable learning about this area

  • You have a working knowledge of the tax and regulatory regimes that impact our business (e.g., Stamp duty; land tax, etc.) and are comfortable finding the best advisors to ensure the best corporate structure

  • You are a thorough and diligent project manager with the ability to juggle many tasks at once

Experience required

  • 4+ years experience in a top-tier commercial or corporate law firm or in-house practice.

  • Excellent drafting and communication skills. 

  • Ability to manage multiple competing tasks in a fast-paced startup environment. 

  • Ability to leverage technical expertise and analytical skills to respond to and advise on complex legal issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to research, deal with ambiguity; draft contracts and be super responsive to in-house or external clients.

What you’ll get from OwnHome

  • Freedom and expectation to own one of the most important pillars of OwnHome, solving a huge real-world problem

  • A generous salary, bonus and equity package - you are a business builder and owner of one of Australia’s fastest growing startups

  • Mentorship and support from our amazing leaders 

  • Flexible working from our casual office in Darlinghurst. 

  • Health / fitness / phone allowance

  • Office goodies. Just tell us what you need to thrive

  • Epic offsite each year 🥳