Neighbour disputes

Landmark judgment invalidates apartment building ban on pets

Posted on October 13, 2020 by | 0 Comments
A decision by the NSW Court of Appeal to allow pets in a high-rise is set to have major ramifications for corporations and apartment owners. Earlier this week, three Court of Appeal judges delivered what’s being described as a landmark decision likely to affect strata schemes going forward. The matter centred around Darlinghurst-based complex The Horizon, which sought to ban tenant Jo Cooper from keeping her 13-year-old Miniature Schnauzer named Angus at the premises. The...

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Neighbours to lose in push on housing

Posted on October 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Neighbours could lose the right of appeal against permits for multistorey apartment towers as part of the state government’s push for more affordable housing in a city hurtling towards 6.5 million people. Planning Minister Matthew Guy will on Wednesday unveil rules making it easier for high-density residential development to be approved under a 40-year metropolitan planning strategy. “Developers behind multistorey residential buildings that meet certain guidelines will not be required to notify residents or be...

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Goodbye gated community: suburban segregation loses its shine

Posted on September 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Once the epitome of exclusivity, security and order, gated communities have fallen out of fashion with buyers, while developers have all but stopped building them in Sydney. Secure compounds were popular from the 1990s to early 2000s, when more than a dozen sprung up from Campbelltown to Mosman. But in the past few years developers have preferred to build “master-planned” estates with shops, offices and communal facilities that attract people, rather than turn them away....

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Elderly siblings face off in court over driveway

Posted on September 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Earlier this month our erstwhile consultant Tim O’Dwyer took a week’s grand-parenting leave to be assist with the settling-in of his twin grandsons in beautiful Bulli (NSW). One day, while the new mum and the proud grandparents were taking the little boys on a walk to the beach, Tim picked up a copy of the local newspaper – Illawarra Mercury. His attention was immediately caught by a front page story about a court case concerning...

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Law of nuisance may give relief to neighbours annoyed by solar farm

Posted on September 8, 2013 by | 0 Comments
When Queensland lawyer Tim O’Dwyer read  at home  the  first  report below in The Courier Mail about neighbours annoyed by a Gold Coast property owner’s “solar farm”, he wondered how long it would take for there to be television interest in this novel neighbourhood dispute. Tim has participated over the years in more than a few TV current affairs stories about neighbours upset over fences, trees, rubbish piles, dogs, parked cars and even surveilance cameras....

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