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    What to do about anti-social neighbours? When they are tenants you would normally contact their rental agency and demonstrate they are in breach of their lease terms. But what if their parents own the property and there is no lease?Strata laws differ from state to state, and by-laws (or rules) from scheme to scheme, but some basics are pretty much universal. One is that residents are not allowed ...
    Inger Brettle
    There is a legislative requirement on owners corporations to renew building insurances in accordance with the most recent building valuation received. In addition, committees must request updated insurance valuations at least once every 5 years. If owners decide to ignore these requirements they could leave themselves and others seriously exposed...
    Inger Brettle
    On 18 June, the High Court in Canberra heard a final appeal regarding a Building Defects claim between builder Brookfield and the owners of a NSW Strata Plan, being only the second matter involving an owners corporation which has ever been heard before the High Court. Our partners at Grace Lawyers, authors of this text, are acting on behalf of the owners.Before you think "legal speak - boring!" ba...
    Inger Brettle
    The recently changed Home Building Act introduces the term 'Major Defect' which replaces 'Structural Defect' in statutory warranty claims.To be categorised as a 'Major Defect' a claim must meet a number of criteria each of which emphasize that it must be significant and structural in nature (think defective design, faulty work etc) and must likely cause a safety threat to the people living there.T...
    Inger Brettle
    Look out for the June edition of the Smart Property Investment magazine. Our very own Inger Brettle is quoted in an article titled ’10 Tips for Strata Buying Success’ (p.32)! See attached copy, or http://www.spionline.com.au   See original Blog post here! ...