About Our Law Firm
Situated in the heart of NSW, our law firm boasts over 13 years of specialised expertise as strata lawyers, dedicated to serving the residents of Albury and its surrounding suburbs, including Thurgoona Growth area, Lavington, East Albury, and North Albury. While we may not be physically located in Albury, our commitment to providing tailored legal advice to strata owners, strata managers, and strata service providers in the region remains unparalleled. We pride ourselves on understanding the unique needs of our clientele in NSW. Choosing our firm means gaining a partner that values personalised service, direct communication, and leveraging modern technology to keep you informed every step of the way.
Strata schemes, while offering a unique living arrangement, come with their own set of complexities. Unlike freestanding homes, strata complexes operate under distinct laws. These schemes involve multiple owners, each with their own perspectives and personalities, cohabiting in a shared environment. This necessitates the establishment of specific rules, regulations, and by-laws to ensure harmonious coexistence and smooth operation of the strata complex.
Given the intricacies of shared living, disputes and issues are bound to arise. This is where the expertise of a strata lawyer becomes invaluable. Specialising in strata law, these professionals are adept at both preventing and addressing legal challenges.
Key legislations governing strata schemes in NSW include:
The Home Building Act 1989 (NSW): This act oversees the residential building sector and specific specialist tasks in NSW.
The Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act: This legislation delineates the ownership system within a Strata Scheme, detailing lot subdivisions, strata plan registrations, and common property management.
The Strata Schemes Management Act 2015: This act outlines the rights and duties of the Owners Corporation, individual owners, and residents. It encompasses procedures for Owners Corporation meetings, executive committee roles, financial management, maintenance, insurance, and dispute resolution.
At Contracts Specialist, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive strata services tailored to the unique needs of Albury and its surrounding suburbs. Our expertise spans across various facets of strata law, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible guidance and representation.
Recovery of Levies
A common challenge faced by many Owners Corporations is the recovery of levies from strata title lot owners. As per the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW), the Owners Corporation holds the right to recover any outstanding contributions. This includes not only the unpaid amounts but also the accrued interest and any reasonable enforcement costs.
In the initial years following the registration of a strata plan, it’s not uncommon for the Owners Corporation to encounter building defects such as water ingress, cracking, peeling, and settlement issues. Leveraging the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), we assist the Owners Corporation in initiating proceedings to enforce statutory warranties, aiming to recover the costs of rectifying such defects.
Legal Advice and Practical Solutions
Our seasoned strata lawyers are well-versed in all nuances of strata law. We are committed to:
- Providing accurate legal advice tailored to your strata concerns.
- Enforcing your rights, whether through adjudication, courts, or tribunals.
- Skillfully negotiating settlements.
- Crafting precise legal documentation to safeguard your interests.
Benefits of Our Services
Time and Money Savings
Strata law, with its multifaceted dynamics, laws, and cases, can be daunting. By leveraging our deep understanding of these nuances, we guide you in making informed decisions, implementing robust policies, and swiftly resolving disputes. This proactive approach not only saves you precious time but also ensures that your financial resources are utilised optimally.
Our commitment to client satisfaction is unwavering. When you collaborate with us, you gain direct access to our principal lawyer, John Dela Cruz, whose vast experience in strata and strata dispute resolution spans over 13 years. This ensures that you receive top-tier advice and representation tailored to your unique needs.
Our track record speaks for itself. With a history of successful outcomes and a clientele that consistently expresses satisfaction, we stand as a testament to excellence in the realm of strata law.
Meet Our Strata Dispute Lawyer
At the heart of Contracts Specialist is our Principal Lawyer, John Dela Cruz, a stalwart in the realm of construction law with an impressive tenure exceeding 13 years, specialising in strata disputes.
John’s journey in construction law is both diverse and distinguished. He has donned the role of legal counsel for a renowned Dow 30 construction enterprise and has showcased his expertise as a Government Solicitor. His leadership skills were further highlighted during his tenure as the Divisional President of the Master Builders Association (NSW). Additionally, his entrepreneurial spirit shines through with the inception of Small Builders Building Software.
His prowess extends to drafting and meticulous review of a myriad of construction contracts, inclusive of strata by-laws. With a comprehensive understanding of construction law across all Australian states, John is adept at elucidating common legal challenges associated with strata management and disputes, ensuring clients are well-informed and confidently represented.
Safeguard Your Strata Interests for Albury: Embark on Your Legal Journey
Navigating strata disputes for Albury and its surrounding suburbs, including Thurgoona Growth area, Lavington, East Albury, and North Albury, demands a seasoned hand. Our firm stands ready to empower strata owners, managers, service providers, executive committees, and lot title owners with unparalleled legal counsel and representation. Initiate your journey with a complimentary 15-minute consultation. Reach out now and explore how we can champion your cause.