If you own an apartment, flat or unit, chances are you’re a member of an owners corporation, or body corporate as they used to be called.
Owners corporations are responsible for common property, which includes gardens, common walls, stairwells, pathways, driveways, lifts, foyers and fences. While many operate effectively, it’s not uncommon for owners to face problems with strata schemes failing to repair and maintain the common property.
Our experienced team of owners corporation lawyers in Melbourne have acted for owners, developers, owners corporations, committee members, manager and builders to ensure owners corporations are set up to succeed and owner’s rights are protected.
Owners Corporation Lawyers
Those that live in cities or towns and choose to live in apartment buildings or flats appreciate just how important it is for the upkeep and maintenance of the common areas to be completed on a regular basis. A building can quickly fall into disrepair and pose both health and safety problems for the residents when left untended to. The task of organising for this work to take place typically falls on the shoulders of an owners corporation, but these often fail to carry out their duties leaving everyone else to pick up the pieces.
Here at Boutique Lawyers, we are the owners corporation lawyers that those experiencing such difficulties turn to when something simply must be done. We are a results-driven firm and have extensive experience working in all aspects of building and construction law, which affords you a sense of confidence in our ability to effectively utilise the legal system to deliver the result you want.
Our boutique law firm has been practising since 2012 and we understand exactly what can get in the way of progress. Between the client and the firm money is always something that lingers in the back of the mind. As such, we implement a fixed-fee billing format so that you know exactly what needs to be paid pre-litigation or pre-court proceedings, and this affords us both the luxury of working on your case without having to administrate for each hour.
When Do You Need Owners Corporation Lawyers?
It’s quite simple, really. Once problems appear in your building or area and are not addressed no matter how often complaints are lodged, then it is worth engaging the services of owners corporation lawyers to move things forward and take the appropriate steps to change how things are done.
Dysfunctional owners corporations can arise for a number of reasons. These are essentially legal entities that are tasked with the management of common areas and property in commercial, residential, retail or industrial developments, and where apartment buildings or blocks of flats are concerned, could be made up of some of the owners.
As such, unless time is set aside to actively manage the premises, things can quickly slide. It is often the case that some members of the owners corporation are not aware of what they are expected to do in their role, which leads to a frustrating situation for everyone.
However, owners corporation lawyers can take an application to appoint an Administrator to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) on behalf of any person with an interest in the land or premises affected by the failure of the owners corporation. Should an Administrator be appointed, then they can on the powers of the owners corporation and move things forward from there.
A Team of Resourceful Corporation Lawyers Working for You
Here at Boutique Lawyers, we have worked with many tenants over the past few years to ensure that they were able to resolve the issues experienced as a result of the ineffective owners corporation on their premises. Our selective approach to undertaking new cases ensures that you will have our full attention and the commitment of our resources while we work with you on resolving the matter.
So, get in touch with us today and take advantage of our 30-minutes free consultation. If we believe that we could help and you believe that we are the owners corporation lawyers that could make a real difference then let’s work together and achieve what you want.
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