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The Cladding Safety Victoria Bill 2020 Provides Owners Relief but Set to Retrospectively Increase the Building Industry’s Liability

The Victorian Parliament has recently introduced a bill to establish a new governing body to oversee the cladding rectification program for residential and public buildings and to retrospectively amend the…
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I’m Not Paying For That… I Don’t Even Have A Balcony!

It is not uncommon for us to have our clients seek our advice in relation to who must pay for repairs, maintenance or other works to common property. This is…
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Owners Corporations: Smoking & Smoke Drift During COVID-19 Lockdown

We live in an apartment block. We have a serious issue of second-hand smoke in our unit. The excessive amount of smoking by some of the residents,…
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Owners Corporation Managers Cannot Claim “Privacy” for Access to Strata Records

Owners corporations employ owners corporation managers to keep the books and records of the owners corporation. A problem often arises when owners corporation Committees and Owners want access those records.
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EXTENSION FOR VICTORIANS SEEKING CLADDING COST CLAIMS

Victorians will be given an extra two years to  pursue legal action against builders responsible for installing combustible cladding on their homes under legislation being introduced to the Victorian Parliament…
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COVID Q&A: Private Renovations, Cladding Rectifications and Nuisance from Pets

Question: The apartment next door to me is being renovated during COVID-19 … The builders are there all day banging on their tools and using their power tools. Maybe this…
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Owners Corporation Legal Case Review- Air Conditioners and Owners Corporations Consent

Legal arguments not enough to get around the requirement to get your Owners Corporation’s consent to install air-conditioners on common property… In May 2013, VCAT issued a decision ordering lot…
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Owners Corporation RP000992 v Stock[2020] VCAT 495

Background Ms Stock occupied lot 18 which was on the top level of an apartment block. She had provided food and water to wild pigeons from the balcony of her…
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Defects in Residential Strata Buildings? Take Care not to Overlook the Most Prevalent!

“It is a harsh reality that body corporates are often faced with rectifying their dwindling asset at their own cost.”   In recent times, the construction and strata industries across…
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A Timely Reminder : Statutory Limitation Period for Commencing Legal Proceedings Relating to Domestic Building Disputes

Statutory Limitation Period It is well established that a building action cannot be brought more than 10 years after the issuing of the certificate of occupancy for the building work…
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