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Lot A underwent major renovations by professional & qualified trades some years ago that was approved by the O/C, by-laws registered and Council DA issued costing $60K.
Not long thereafter Lot B (owner who holds no trade cert) performs similar reno’s himself – dropping a stairwell from lounge room floor to basement that was opened up to a living room, removing walls, changing basement windows, non-waterproofing work done in bathroom, moving gas lines & more – all done without O/C approval and no DA.
Initial Council inspection performed and owners issued with a long listed compliance order. Then the owner’s report sudden water issues to Strata in bathroom (which completely wrecked adjoining internal wall in Lot) attempting to claim it all as common property and for the O/C to pay. Unbelievable! Plumbers report reveals the extensive damage was old and caused by no waterproofing in bathroom. Strata correctly issues owners the plumbers invoice.
Council has now issued a Building Information Certificate under the EPA Assessment Act and the property is being sold. This certificate has been sent to the Strata Manager but no other specific information was supplied – as to what the initial inspector found and what he ordered to be rectified.
Further inquiries with the issuing officer of the Building Info Cert are disturbing to me, who stated they (the owners) are allowed to move walls, allowed to move gas lines & walls? Really? And the stairwell is still in situ – yet it is listed in the compliance order?
So basically not much has been rectified. All the work has been certified and they never paid for a DA and not even fined?
So how is this possible when good guy in Lot A forks out $60K and no shame guy in Lot B gets to keep all his unqualified work, still no DA and no O/C approval? You need a DA for a shed these days. I don’t understand it one iota, if he keeps the work there should be a DA.
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