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leaking balcony repairs
17/08/2012 - 2:53 pm
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"Ivory Tower credentials", Les? Really? He's a bloke who is qualified more than most to give advice that you happen not to agree with. He may be wrong (I doubt it) but there's no need to sneer at someone just because they have earned the right to express an opinion (for which we would otherwise pay). There's no conspiracy here.
As for his advice to Struggler - have a look at what Struggs said
That whole issue of your EC insurance being contingent on you having fulfilled your duty of care and due diligence is so obvious when you read it but will be a real slap in the face to those cowboy EC members who think they have immunity from any responsibility.
And hey, if I was building an Ivory Tower, Chris Mo'ane would be the first person I'd consult (and he would tell me not to be such a bloody idiot).
On the question of consulting a lawyer, I often say that too and here's why - it's a reality check for everyone who's bashed their head off the brick wall of an incompetent executive committee or whatever. The question it raises is, how much are you prepared to pay to resolve this issue? And if you're not prepared to pay anything or very much at all, the next best piece of advice is often  "so learn to live with it."
But what I'm doing less frequently these days is telling people that the best or only thing to do is rock up to Fair Trading with $78 in your hot little hand and spend the next few months of your life trying to get a decision over a petty issue.

Most lawyers will give you a free initial consultation (often by email) to tell you what your chances are of winning and how much it will cost to do so. I really can't see the harm in that.

18/08/2012 - 3:22 pm
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Les Dansonne said
Hi again Sarah 1.

I definitely think that, despite what the experts may say here, there's no need for you to simply accept the 'rough end of the pineapple'.

Ask nicely and eloquently that all the stuff on you balcony is relocated for you at anyone else's but except yours and you could also ask for a rent reduction for any inconvenience in not being able to use your your balcony as well as having workmen traipsing through your flat.

That is obviously the right and fair thing which should occur.

Nothing obvious here. And as for what the much-derided "experts" say

From ScotlandX:

If it’s her stuff, perhaps Sarah should consider moving it and approaching her landlord about a reduction in rent to take account of the costs and the fact that she won’t be able to use the balcony while the repairs are being effected.

Chris Mo'ane suggested a balanced approach and I suggested taking responsibility for your own stuff but not anyone else's.

Les's approach is to ignore "experts" and follow the wishful thinking approach.  Good luck with that - it's usually SO effective.  But before you go too far down that road, check out your actual rights and obligations because sooner or later someone is going to point them out to you, possibly quite forcefully.

It doesn't matter if you are a tenant or an owner, if your personal property is on common property you have to move it if repairs are required.  You also have to give the Owners Corp access to the unit so repairs can be effected.

Yes, talk about a rent reduction to make up for the disruption, but as for sitting back and demanding that someone moves your stuff off their property at their expense, you'll be whistling in the wind.

Les Dansonne
18/08/2012 - 9:59 pm
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