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01 Jun 2016

Lot owner derivative actions

In Tan v The Owners - Strata Plan No 22014 (No 2) [2015] the Supreme Court opened the door to lot owners taking derivative actions on behalf of owners corporations. In this case note we analyse the reasoning of the Court that entitled the lot owner in that case to take such action and be indemnified for their costs in doing so.

18 Dec 2015

"Riddled with Structural Defects" - Certifier Liability

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales has determined that a Council taking on the roll as the PCA in respect of a residential building owed and breached a duty of care to a subsequent purchaser. The decision may be of particular significance to owners in circumstances where they are out of time to pursue other parties or cannot do so for other reasons such as the death, disappearance of insolvency of the original builder.

04 Mar 2015

The home warranty insurance register

As of 15 January 2015 details of contracts of home warranty insurance issued by the NSW Self Insurance Corporation may be accessed through an online register. The register provides key information about the extent of insurance protection offered to owners and prospective purchasers.

04 Mar 2015

Amendments to the Home Building Act 1989

A number of key amendments to the home building laws in New South Wales have now come into operation. The amendments have wide ranging implications impacting on licencing, defect litigation and home warranty insurance. A number of considerations that arise from the amendments are discussed in this article.