Service by post – now 7 working days

Pursuant to recent changes in the Interpretation Act 1987, service by post is taken to have been effected on the 7th (seventh) working day after the letter was posted, unless there is sufficient evidence to the contrary.

Working day is defined to mean a day that is not:

(a)  a Saturday or Sunday; or

(b)  a public holiday or a bank holiday in the place to which the letter was addressed.

See section 76 Interpretation Act 1987

 

This article is for reference purposes only, and must not be considered as legal advice. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Penny Browne Conveyancing.

Regards Penny Browne 8 February 2019

External Wall Cladding is now a Major Defect

The Home Building Regulation has been amended to classify external flammable wall cladding as a major defect.

Homeowners who purchase units or townhouses with unsafe external wall cladding, will now have up to six years after completion of the build to get repairs or rectification work done by the builder responsible for the project.

Real Estate Agents, Strata Managing Agents, Building, Property or Maintenance Managers must ensure the buildings are safe by checking the external wall cladding, and ensure that the appropriate fire safety measures are in place.

Please refer to the Department of Fair Trading’s website – Fire Safety & External Wall Cladding

NSW Government has established an inter-agency Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce. The Taskforce will be working on reforms to strengthen the current fire safety protections.

Factsheet – Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Factsheet

This article is for reference purposes only, and must not be considered as legal advice. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Penny Browne Conveyancing.

Regards Penny Browne 07.08.18

From 1 March 2018 – Planning Certificates – section 149(2)&(5) Certificates are now known as section 10.7(2)&(5) Certificates

Alfred Street, Circular Quay 1962

Whilst there is a number of recent changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act one notable change commencing on 1 March 2018, is that section 149(2)&(5) Certificates will now be known as section 10.7(2)&(5) Certificates – below is a link to the relevant legislation.

Section 10.7 Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Please also note that Schedule 4 of the Regulation, which deals with Planning Certificates has also been amended by the inclusion of a new Item 21 requiring the Council to state if an Order or Notice has been issued under the Building Products (Safety) Act 2017, which received assent late last year.

Schedule 4 Planning Certificates – Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000

Building Products (Safety) Act 2017

 

NB This article is provided for reference purposes only, and is not to be considered as legal advice. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Penny Browne Conveyancing direct.

Penny Browne Conveyancing