Since the Unit Titles Act 2010 came into force on 20 June 2011, we expect to see a greater level of transparency and disclosure of relevant information in respect of unit title properties.
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Buyers Need To be Aware

When you buy a house our advice is to check the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) and to consider getting a builder's report, and making these conditions in the Agreement. We have a story below which highlights the issues that a buyer found when purchasing their house.
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New Unit Titles Legislation

On 20 June 2011 the Unit Titles Act 2010 and the Unit Titles Regulations 2011 came into effect. The most widely understood form of a unit title is an apartment consisting of ownership of part of a building together with a share in the common property. Unit titles are used for retail and commercial properties, as well as hotels and apartment blocks, and are also commonly used in smaller two, three and four unit developments.
The new legislation has brought many changes to the unit titles regime, some of which are outlined below.

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Boundary Fence Disputes

Whether you're in the country or in town, dealing with your boundary fences can become an aggravating issue with your neighbours. This article looks at what the law says, and also how it can be applied to some specific fencing issues.
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In the current economic climate there are, unfortunately, increasingly more tenants unable to pay the rent on their leased commercial premises or who are breaching some other covenant under their lease. This article outlines how a landlord can cancel a lease in the event of default by the tenant and how landlords can best protect themselves from being left out of pocket.
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