A nuisance for Owners Corporations: damages awarded to lot owner

Natalee VenegasOctober 2nd, 2017

In February this year, we reported on the case of McElwaine v The Owners- Strata Plan No 75975 [2016] NSWSC 1589. To remind you of the facts, lot owner McElwaine pursued his Owners Corporation in a common law claim of nuisance, after alleging that his lot was damaged by water penetration caused by defective waterproofing. McElwaine […]

Budget 2017-18: Crackdown on Foreign Investors

Natalee VenegasMay 30th, 2017

If you weren’t intently waiting for the budget to be handed down on 9 May 2017 (thrilling, I know) – you may have missed some new measures that are aimed at reducing the pressures of housing affordability, namely limiting foreign ownership in new developments, changing tax concessions for foreign investors and charging foreign investors who […]

A Slice of Sydney’s Property Market for Less than $100?

Natalee VenegasApril 27th, 2017

Sydney’s property market is notoriously difficult to get into. Just ask anyone around my age who hopes to purchase a property one day – it’s quickly becoming a fantasy. In fact, with news this week that the median Sydney house price in Sydney has surpassed $1.15 million and 78 Sydney suburbs have surpassed the $2 million […]

Alpaca my bags! Is there an Alpaca in your Sydney Apartment?

Natalee VenegasMarch 30th, 2017

Pets can be great. They can comfort you when you feel sad, and provide companionship when you’re lonely.  At Lawyers Chambers, we regularly hear disputes about furry friends in apartment blocks, but usually they are of the cat or dog type. Earlier this year though, CCTV at the Discovery Point apartment complex in Sydney’s Wolli Creek […]

Breaking the Glass Wall? When a Lobby is not a ‘Shared Facility’

Natalee VenegasFebruary 27th, 2017

In the recent decision of The Owners – Strata Plan No 72381 v The Owners – Strata Plan No 71067 [2016] NSWSC 1857 the Supreme Court of NSW had to look into a confusing strata management statement to decide whether the installation of a glass doorway within the lobby area of the World Tower building […]

No obligation on landlord re tenant’s quiet enjoyment

Natalee VenegasOctober 29th, 2016

In the recent decision of Abdel-Messih v Mao [2016] NSWCATAP 223, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that a landlord was not liable for a third party’s actions disrupting the ‘quiet enjoyment’ of a tenant. Mr Abdel-Messih (‘tenant’) entered into a residential tenancy agreement with Mr Mao ‘(landlord’). Mr Abdel-Messih sub-let the premises (a strata lot). […]

Are shipping containers the apartments of the future?

Natalee VenegasSeptember 28th, 2016

Housing affordability and environmental sustainability are two issues we hear a lot about in society today. A Danish architecture firm may have come up with a solution to both issues with its creative recycling of old steel shipping containers. Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) has ‘upcycled’ unsightly shipping containers to create a very […]

Potential changes to qualifications in the property industry

Natalee VenegasJune 29th, 2016

Did you know that the person who makes your coffee each morning may have undergone more training to get their job than your local real estate agent? John Cunningham, President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) made headlines last month when he said “It actually takes more training to become a barista than […]

New swimming pool regulations: a floaty for apartment and free-standing home owners

Natalee VenegasApril 28th, 2016

There is something quintessentially Australian about relaxing around a backyard swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. Unfortunately, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death amongst children and youth, and in high-income countries like Australia, most of these drownings happen in swimming pools (WHO Children and Drowning Report).   The Swimming Pools Act […]

Should juries be reintroduced for civil trials?

Natalee VenegasMarch 31st, 2016

Last month, the NSW Bar Association, through its president Noel Hutley SC, called for juries to be reintroduced in civil matters in NSW.   While juries have previously been used in civil matters, section 85 of the Supreme Court Act 1970 (NSW) and section 76A of the District Court Act 1973 (NSW) were amended in […]

A fun-filled February

Natalee VenegasFebruary 28th, 2016

Usually, the end of the holiday period means the fun has been had, the food has been eaten, and the drinks have been drunk. This has not been the case for the team at Lawyers Chambers. Easing us back into reality, the team had two (yes, two!) fun team building activities this February. The first […]

Landlord fined $11,000 for smoking neighbour

Natalee VenegasNovember 29th, 2015

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal Appeal Panel has upheld a decision to order a landlord to pay a tenant over $11,000 in compensation, declaring a unit that was permeated by smoke from a smoker downstairs was unsuitable for habitation. This is an important case because the landlord was liable for compensation even though the […]

Advice from a social media addict

Natalee VenegasOctober 29th, 2015

Social media is tricky. Even for someone who has grown up in the past two decades. I can’t tell you the number of times I have observed serious faux pas on social media. Luckily, this experience has enabled me to provide advice to those who may require some assistance in all things social media. This […]

Why Ashley Madison matters

Natalee VenegasSeptember 30th, 2015

Last month, a targeted hack-attack on the Ashley Madison website resulted in the leak of 37 million members’ details.   A group called Team Impact had previously threatened Ashley Madison and its parent company to shut down their websites or expose themselves to breach of privacy lawsuits as the group would drip leak private information […]

Co-owners, joint tenants and tenants in common

Natalee VenegasJuly 30th, 2015

The average Australian family is no longer ‘average’. Today it is typical for families to come in all shapes and sizes including de-facto and blended families. That’s why it is especially important to give thought to who your assets may go to in the event of death. When two or more people purchase a house […]

The sky’s the limit

Natalee VenegasApril 22nd, 2015

When the Lawyers Chambers team aren’t jumping to legal solutions, you might find us jumping at a trampoline arena near you… Last month we decided to hold our office social at Skyzone Trampoline Arena. When you think about all the potential law suits involved with an office social to Skyzone you might question our judgment, […]

A lawful summer

Natalee VenegasMarch 17th, 2015

When I found out I was going to law school, excitement ensued. How could it not? I’ve watched countless episodes of Suits, thank you very much. However, it didn’t take long for me to abhor law school.  ‘Introduction to Law and Justice,’ my first law subject, was mind-numbingly boring.  Despite usually being interested in all […]