Out of Sight, Vermiculite!

What is Vermiculite?


Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral which is utilised in building products for its superior fireproofing and soundproofing properties.


Can I use that Document too? – Not without Copyright

One great way to incur a large debt is to reuse a commercial document without the consent of the copyright owner. We see this regularly and it rarely ends well.


New Short-Term Rental Accommodation Legislative Regime in NSW

On 9 April 2021, the NSW government announced a new statewide policy for Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) including the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Short-term Rental Accommodation) Regulation 2021 and State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Short-term Rental Accommodation) 2021 which introduced a number of important reforms for the industry.


Control of Unauthorised Parking – Common Sense Prevails

Bannermans Lawyers’ clients recently achieved a great result in the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (“Tribunal”), which we expect will bring to an end long standing parking problems.


Owners Corporations withholding consent to the Lodgement of Development Applications

In order to obtain development consent conditions from a development application the Local Council needs the consent of the owner of the land.


If an owners application involves the common property the owners corporation’s consent to the lodgement of that development application is required to enable development consent conditions to issue.


Retaining Walls & the Dividing Fences Act – What you & your Neighbours Need to Know!

The Dividing Fences Act 1991 (Act) now applies to retaining walls which provide support for a fence separating the land of adjoining owners, whether on the common boundary of adjoining land or on a line other than the common boundary. 


Every Dog has it's Day - the Massive Amendment to the Legislation on Pets By-Laws in Strata

Following the landmark Court of Appeal decision in Cooper v The Owners – Strata Plan No. 58068 [2020] NSWCA 250 (“Cooper”) that held that by-laws containing blanket bans on pets were harsh, unconscionable or oppressive, the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (“Act”) is now being amended to enshrine these provisions into legislation.


Owners’ Views and Sunlight Obstructed by Hedges - What can you do?

It is common for owners or owners corporations to have disagreements about how to deal with a hedge on a neighbour’s property that is obstructing views (such as water views) or sunlight.


These issues are primarily addressed under the Tree (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 (NSW) (“TDA”), though there are circumstances where the TDA may not be applicable.


Need to Install or Replace Smoke Alarms? Who is Liable?



Proper management of smoke alarms within strata buildings, including initial installation and ongoing maintenance, is an important safety concern, generally taken seriously by all concerned. However, depending on the equipment used, costs can be significant and issues can arise as to who is responsible for those costs.


Pet Owners in Strata Celebrate! Court of Appeal Invalidates No Pets By-Law

Update on ‘No Pets’ by-laws in Strata – The Miniature Schnauzer that Roared


The issue of pets in strata schemes has always been a controversial and fiercely contested issue.


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