Development and Environment Law News
BUILDING WORKS: WHAT IF THE ROOF OVER MY HEAD IS TOO LOW? – By Jake Woolford – When the owners of a brand new$1.8 million apartment claimed that its ceiling was too low, they sued the building company, seeking more than $330,000 to reinstall it at the correct height. This case raised questions about what…Read More
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT THREATENS TO OVERSHADOW SOLAR PANELS -By Jake Woolford – Does a property owner have the right to access sunlight? Should it be a protected right? These were the issues when a proposed development threatened to overshadow another property’s solar panels. The neighbour raised objections with the local council and the council refused to consent to…Read More
PROPERTY: “MY MILLION DOLLAR APARTMENT IS TOO SMALL!” – By Vanessa Ho – When a man purchased a luxury apartment off-the-plan for more than $1 million, and later discovered that it was too small, he unsuccessfully tried to terminate the contract of sale. This case is a good reminder of the traps of buying property…Read More
SIGNIFICANT TREE COMPLICATES PROPOSED LAND DIVISION – By Jake Woolford – When a Court refused permission to subdivide land because of a significant tree, it highlighted the extent to which significant trees are protected and the need to carefully consider how they will impact on property development Background The property owner wanted to subdivide his…Read More
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