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Termites Cause House Fire

Termites Cause House Fire

A person from the Eurobodalla has been taken to hospital after a housefire near Batemans Bay this morning. Emergency Services were called the fire at Moorong Crescent in Malua Bay just after 7am today. RFS evacuated the single occupant who was treated by Paradmedics, and taken to Moruya hospital is a stable condition.

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The Demise of the Interim Occupation Cerfiticate

Following a number of reprieves (firstly 1 November 2018, then 1 November 2019), interim occupation certificates will now become obsolete on 1 December 2019 by virtue of the commencement of certain amendments to Part 6 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (“EPA Act”), in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Building and Subdivision Certification) Regulation 2019 (NSW) (“Regulation”), made on 30 August 2019.

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Property Negotiations

Property Negotiations

Knowing how to respond to a real estate agent’s questions can boost your chances of securing a property for a good price. In this edited extract from his book, Australia’s Home Buying Guide, real estate agent Todd Sloan shares three common questions agents ask and the best way to answer them.

A lot of the time, the first part of getting a great price is knowing that the negotiation has already started. It doesn’t start when you make your first offer – well, at least not if you want a good deal when you’re buying a property.

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Obligations on NSW Owner Builders

Owner Builder Warranty Is No Longer Available in NSW
Insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund is no longer available for owner-builder work done by an owner-builder.

Owner-builders who sell properties built under owner-builder permits are no longer required to provide insurance to the subsequent purchaser.

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Are Treated Timbers Really Safe From Termites?

The near-universal use of H2 blue, green or red framing timber in construction is now a time bomb for landfill in 20-40 years’ time. It cannot be composted nor recycled, and thus is sent to landfill. In an ideal world, buildings would be carefully deconstructed and every skerrick reused, but in the Land of Oz, where labourers are paid $55 per hour, and landfill rates are less than $200 per tonne that is just a pipe dream.

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Solving Water Leaks Is Not An Easy Job

Fixing water leaks is always a tough job.

Getting to the root cause and then finding a solution to rectify the problem is no easy task.

Lack of understanding about structural issues as well as waterproofing methodology/technologies can lead to rectification decisions that may not actually resolve water ingress.

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