About Our Law Firm
Welcome to Contracts Specialist, your trusted source for strata legal expertise serving the areas of Ballina and its neighbouring areas, including Lennox Head, Alstonville, East Ballina, West Ballina, and Wollongbar.
With over 13 years of specialised experience in strata law, we cater to strata owners, strata managers, and strata service providers in these thriving communities. While we are not physically located in Ballina, we are committed to serving the unique legal needs of this region.
Our principal attorney, John Dela Cruz, is a distinguished construction lawyer renowned for his accomplishments in the field. At Contracts Specialist, we prioritise tailored legal guidance, recognizing the distinct requirements of strata stakeholders in this picturesque part of NSW.
When you choose us, you gain access to a team of experts dedicated to providing personalised service, direct communication with our principal, and the utilisation of cutting-edge technology to keep you informed every step of the way. Our exceptional 4.9-star rating and glowing client testimonials underscore our unwavering commitment to your satisfaction.
Navigating the complexities of strata schemes demands a specialised approach, and a Strata Lawyer is your invaluable partner in ensuring the smooth operation of these unique shared spaces.
Strata schemes, distinct from freestanding homes, come with their own set of regulations and legal nuances. These arrangements involve multiple owners with diverse personalities coexisting within a shared environment. To maintain harmony, strict adherence to rules, regulations, and by-laws is crucial.
Inevitably, issues and disputes can arise. This is where construction lawyers with expertise in strata law step in to prevent and address legal challenges effectively.
Key legislations that govern strata schemes for Ballina and its surrounding areas include:
Home Building Act 1989 (NSW): This law regulates the residential building industry and specialised work in NSW, ensuring the highest standards in construction and maintenance.
Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act: This legislation defines the ownership structure within a Strata Scheme, granting individuals exclusive ownership of their ‘lot’ while outlining rights over common property sections. It also governs matters related to subdivision, strata plan registration, leasing, transfer, and acquisition of common property.
Strata Schemes Management Act 2015: This act delineates the rights and responsibilities of the Owners Corporation, individual owners, and occupants within the Strata Scheme. It covers essential aspects such as meetings, executive committee roles, financial management, maintenance, repairs, insurance requirements, and dispute resolution processes.
Our Strata Lawyers at Contracts Specialist are well-versed in these regulations, providing you with expert guidance to navigate the intricacies of strata schemes and ensuring the smooth operation of your shared living spaces.
Recovery of Levies
In the initial years after the registration of a strata plan, defects in the building, such as water ingress, cracks, peeling, and settlement, can surface. Leveraging the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), we enable Owners Corporations to initiate proceedings to enforce statutory warranties and recover the costs of rectifying these defects, ensuring the integrity of your property investment.
Legal Advice and Practical Solutions
Our team of seasoned strata lawyers possesses extensive knowledge of all facets of strata law. We stand by your side to provide:
- Precise legal counsel tailored to your strata challenges.
- Assistance in enforcing your rights through adjudication, court, or tribunal proceedings.
- Skilled negotiation to reach favourable settlements.
- Preparation of meticulous legal documentation to safeguard your interests.
With Contracts Specialist, you gain access to a trusted partner dedicated to resolving strata issues efficiently and effectively.
Benefits of Our Services
Time and Money Savings
We recognize that property investment is a significant decision. Strata law is intricate, with its own set of dynamics, regulations, and precedents. Leveraging our in-depth knowledge of these nuances, we empower you to make informed choices, establish effective policies and procedures, and navigate dispute resolution swiftly and efficiently. This expertise translates into tangible time and cost savings, as you gain access to expert guidance to make the best legal decisions.
Meet Our Strata Dispute Lawyer
Introducing John Dela Cruz, our esteemed Principal Lawyer at Contracts Specialist. With over 13 years of dedicated experience in construction law, John is your trusted partner for strata dispute resolution for Ballina and its surrounding suburbs, including Lennox Head, Alstonville, East Ballina, West Ballina, and Wollongbar.
John’s impressive career includes serving as legal counsel for a prominent Dow 30 construction company and fulfilling the role of a Government Solicitor. He has also held the prestigious position of Divisional President at the Master Builders Association (NSW) and is the visionary behind Small Builders Building Software.
His comprehensive expertise in construction law spans the spectrum, encompassing the drafting and review of various construction contracts, including strata by-laws. John’s profound knowledge extends across all Australian states, allowing him to proficiently address common legal issues related to strata management and disputes.
When you choose Contracts Specialist, you gain direct access to John Dela Cruz, a seasoned legal expert dedicated to resolving your strata concerns effectively and efficiently.
Get Legal Advice
Navigating the complexities of strata disputes demands expert guidance, particularly when it comes to intricate areas like construction contracts and levy payments. As specialist strata lawyers, we are your trusted advisors, dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to a diverse range of clients for Ballina and its neighbouring suburbs, including Lennox Head, Alstonville, East Ballina, West Ballina, and Wollongbar.
Our client roster includes owners of strata title lots, strata corporations, executive committees, and strata managers. Regardless of your role within the strata community, our team is here to offer tailored legal advice and representation, ensuring that your strata matters are addressed with precision and expertise.