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  • Disputes within Strata Plans Are Best Resolved Informally!

    29 SEPTEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    The owners in a block of units in Manly faced a significant problem. All the residents’ mailboxes were located in a communal mail room. Each mailbox had a lock. The strata managers received reports of break-ins in the communal mail room by gangs stealing mail. The chairman of the owners’ corporation believed that as a result of residents’ failure to keep the mailboxes locked, criminal gangs were able to produce a master key. The chairman of the owners’ corporation emailed all residents asking them to make sure their mailboxes were locked. Read more

  • Think Carefully and Get Advice Before You Resort to a “Self-Help” Remedy to Your Property Dispute!

    08 SEPTEMBER 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    A few years ago, a builder purchased a property in a regenerated suburb. He intended to knock down the existing house and build on it a large new house for his family. Read more

  • New Defective Building Laws Come into Effect

    27 AUGUST 2020 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    On 11 June 2020 the Parliament of NSW passed the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 which applies to building work, including residential buildings. The law was introduced following concerns raised about building defects and combustible cladding after reports of defects in high rise buildings. Read more

  • Strata Owner Wins Case But Forced To Pay Costs Of Owners’ Corporation

    27 JULY 2020 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    A man purchased one (1) car parking spot in a strata plan in Potts Point as an investment. Being close to the city, the car spot was highly valued, however getting a car into it required that the man drive over part of the common property, which was a garden. The owners' corporation did not approve of this and sought to prevent his movement over that part of the garden. This was first done by putting a metal chain across the edge of the garden, however the man removed the chain. In response to this, the owners' corporation decided to build a raised concrete garden bed to stop him. Read more

  • Termination of Commercial Leases: Is the coronavirus a sufficient cause?

    02 APRIL 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    With all of the lockdowns and restrictions caused by the coronavirus crisis, many businesses are struggling and monthly rent in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars is often an expense they can no longer afford. The question then, is whether the coronavirus which has interrupted business revenue is also a sufficient reason for terminating a commercial lease or for the abatement or reduction of rent which would otherwise be payable. Read more

  • Accessing a "Landlocked" Property by Vehicle

    21 NOVEMBER 2019 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    Section 88K orders can be highly useful when dealing with properties with limited access. They provide a means to access the property where the owners of surrounding properties are not prepared to co-operate! Read more

  • Occupation of land may result in ownership of it!

    02 JULY 2019 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    If someone occupies your land without your permission, and you do nothing about it, you may lose your land. Read more

  • Ten Things That Can Go Wrong After Purchasing Property

    25 MARCH 2019 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    When purchasing a property small oversights can lead to big problems in the long run. Here are some of the nasty things that can happen.. Read more

  • Thinking of buying a Property? It May have Hidden Defects or Non-Compliances!

    23 APRIL 2018 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    Why purchaser’s must get an independent, comprehensive building inspection report before exchanging contracts or bidding at an auction for a property! Read more

  • Is Your Principal Place of Residence Really Exempt from Land Tax?

    03 NOVEMBER 2016 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    If you are using your land in any unusual way as your principal place of residence then a chat with your solicitor might be in order to ensure that you do not fall foul of the Commissioner’s view of the land use and receive a land tax bill. Read more