About Our Law Firm
At Contracts Specialist, we bring over 13 years of specialised expertise in strata law to the residents of Cessnock, as well as the surrounding areas including Cessnock – Kearsley – Nulkaba, Branxton – Greta – North Rothbury, Neath – Abermain – Weston and Surrounds. While our physical presence may not be in Cessnock, our commitment to serving the strata owners, strata managers, and strata service providers in this region is unwavering.
Our principal attorney, John Dela Cruz, is a seasoned specialist in construction law, ensuring that you receive top-notch legal counsel. We understand the unique needs of strata stakeholders in this region, and our dedication to providing tailored legal advice is our hallmark.
When you choose Contracts Specialist, you gain access to a team of legal experts who prioritise personalised service, direct communication with our principal, and the use of modern technology to keep you informed throughout your case. Our exceptional reputation, reflected in our 4.9-star rating and positive client testimonials, underscores our commitment to client satisfaction.
Navigating the Complex World of Strata Schemes
Strata schemes, with their unique legal landscape, require expert guidance to ensure smooth operation and prevent legal issues from arising. These communities consist of multiple owners, each with their own needs and personalities, sharing a common space. Rules, regulations, and by-laws are essential to maintain harmony within these complexes.
Our dedicated strata lawyers specialise in this intricate area of law, providing invaluable assistance in both prevention and resolution of legal matters within strata schemes.
Key Legislation Governing Strata Schemes:
Home Building Act 1989 (NSW): This law regulates the residential building industry and specialised work in New South Wales.
Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act: It outlines the ownership system within a strata scheme, defining the rights of individual owners over their ‘lot’ and common property. The Act covers aspects such as subdivision of lots, strata plan registration, leasing, transfers, and acquisitions of common property.
Strata Schemes Management Act 2015: This Act delineates the rights and responsibilities of the Owners Corporation, individual owners, and occupants within a strata scheme. It addresses crucial areas including meetings, executive committee appointments, financial management, maintenance, repairs, insurance, and dispute resolution.
Our expertise ensures that you have the guidance and legal support needed to navigate the complexities of strata schemes and comply with these essential legislations.
Comprehensive Strata Legal Support
Recovery of Levies
Efficient Recovery of Unpaid Contributions
Many Owners Corporations encounter challenges when it comes to recovering levies from strata title lot owners. Under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW), the Owners Corporation is entitled to recover any unpaid contributions in accordance with the Act’s provisions, including interest and reasonable enforcement costs. Our experienced team can assist you in navigating this process and ensuring that outstanding levies are efficiently recovered.
Addressing Building Defects
In the early years after the registration of a strata plan, building defects can pose significant issues for the Owners Corporation. These defects may include water ingress, cracks, peeling, settlement, and more. According to the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), the Owners Corporation can initiate legal proceedings to enforce statutory warranties and recover the costs of rectifying such defective work. Our strata lawyers are well-equipped to guide you through this process and help you achieve a satisfactory resolution.
Legal Advice and Practical Solutions
Experienced Guidance in Strata Law
Our team of strata lawyers possesses extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of strata law. We are dedicated to providing you with the right legal advice to address your specific strata-related issues. Whether it involves enforcement through adjudication, court, or tribunal, negotiating settlements, or preparing essential legal documentation, our commitment is to offer you practical and effective solutions.
At Contracts Specialist, we are here to ensure that your strata matters are handled with expertise, precision, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes.
Benefits of Our Services
Your Path to Success in Strata Matters
At Contracts Specialist, we understand that investing in property is a significant decision. Strata law presents a complex legal landscape with its unique dynamics, regulations, and precedent cases. Our expertise lies in navigating these nuances, empowering you to make informed decisions, establish effective policies, and swiftly resolve disputes.
Time and Money Savings
Efficiency Through Expertise
Engaging our expert strata lawyers can lead to substantial time and cost savings. By having a seasoned professional review and advise you on your strata matter, you gain the advantage of making well-informed decisions, ultimately minimising unnecessary delays and expenses. We streamline the process, ensuring that your resources are used efficiently.
Direct Access to Strata Specialists
When you choose Contracts Specialist, you gain direct access to our principal lawyer, John Dela Cruz, whose extensive expertise in strata and strata dispute resolution spans over 13 years. This direct interaction ensures that your concerns are addressed promptly, and your strata-related issues are handled with the utmost care and proficiency.
Proven Track Record of Excellence
Contracts Specialist has earned a reputation for delivering successful outcomes and satisfied clients. Our dedication to achieving positive results in strata matters is reflected in our track record. With a commitment to excellence, we work tirelessly to ensure that your strata issues are resolved in a manner that aligns with your best interests.
Choosing Contracts Specialist means choosing a path to success in strata matters, with time-efficient solutions, direct access to strata experts, and a proven history of achieving positive outcomes.
Meet Our Strata Dispute Lawyer
John Dela Cruz – Your Strata Law Expert
At Contracts Specialist, our Principal Lawyer, John Dela Cruz, is your trusted guide through the complex world of strata law. With over 13 years of experience, John is a highly qualified construction law expert, well-versed in handling strata disputes.
John’s extensive background in construction law includes serving as legal counsel for a Dow 30 construction company and as a Government Solicitor. His commitment to the industry is evident through his role as the Divisional President of the Master Builders Association (NSW) and the founding of Small Builders Building Software.
His expertise extends across all aspects of construction law, including the drafting and reviewing of various construction contracts, including strata by-laws. John possesses in-depth knowledge of construction law in every Australian state, allowing him to address common legal issues related to strata management and disputes.
With John Dela Cruz as your dedicated strata dispute lawyer, you can trust in his wealth of experience and comprehensive understanding of strata law to guide you through any strata-related challenges effectively.
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Expert Guidance for Your Strata Matters
Navigating the intricacies of strata disputes, construction contracts, and levy payments demands expert advice. As specialist strata lawyers, we are here to provide the guidance you need.
Our legal expertise extends to advising and representing various stakeholders within strata communities, including strata title lot owners, strata corporations, executive committees, and strata managers.
When you seek our legal advice, you gain access to a team of dedicated professionals committed to safeguarding your rights and interests in all strata-related matters. We offer tailored solutions to address your specific needs, ensuring that you are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of strata law with confidence.
Safeguard Your Construction Projects in Cessnock and Surrounding Suburbs
Your Path to Strata Resolution Starts Here
Resolving strata matters in Cessnock – Kearsley – Nulkaba, Branxton – Greta – North Rothbury, Neath – Abermain – Weston and Surrounds demands expertise and guidance. Our law firm is committed to supporting strata owners, strata managers, strata service providers, executive committees, and strata corporations in these regions with expert legal advice and representation.
Take the initial step towards resolution by scheduling your complimentary 15-minute consultation. Contact us today to discover how we can assist you in safeguarding your construction projects and strata interests.