From the Forum: Can you be sued for what you say in a Fair Trading complaint?


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Can you be sued for something you said in an application to Fair Trading over a dispute in your apartment block?

That’s the question a flustered Flatchatter has asked this week, after a neighbour has accused him of defaming him in a letter written to Fair Trading in support of a claim.

See, not only did the owner complain that he wasn’t being compensated for damage done to his lot during repairs to common property, he went on to accuse the committee of fraudulently paying for work on their own properties.

Then the strata manager decided to repeat the accusations in committee meeting minutes that were distributed to all the owners.

So, assuming the comments were in some way defamatory – i.e., they would lower the person’s standing in the eyes of another person – could the owner be taken to court?

Would truth be a defence?  And is the strata manager just as culpable for distributing a copy of the letter?

You can read all about that HERE. Also in the Forum …

  • A drainpipe breaks in a new building, flooding lots. Insurance says it’s a building defect and won’t pay.  Developer says they’re not interested and the strata manager isn’t keen to take them on.  What do you do?  That’s HERE.
  • A Flatchatter wants to know if he’d be allowed to install a chairlift in a townhouse. That’s HERE.
  • Who’s responsible for termite damage between floors in a company title block? The board says the owner who found it can pay for it.  That’s HERE.
  • Is it possible to pay out your individual share of a strata loan in advance to save yourself additional interest? That’s HERE.

There are lots more questions and answers, with new topics every day, on the Flat Chat Forum.



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