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Q&A: It’s time to raise the roof

May 13th, 2018 / / categories: 江苏夜网 /

Who pays for shared roof repairs?Question
Nanjing Night Net

We live in an old sandstone semi on a freehold title with a shared roof that needs replacing. Is the neighbour compelled to share the cost of replacing that roof?

Jason, Balmain

Answer

I assume it is a Torrens title semi, in which case there is no common property here. Your side of the roof is yours to maintain and pay for. It would be desirable – for aesthetics and cost purposes – if both sides were done at the same time, and it’s worth asking, but they are not obliged to do so.

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We bought a house recently that was set for auction, but two days prior the agent said it had become an expressions-of-interest campaign, and gave us a 5pm Friday deadline to give our best offer with a deposit. We asked to be present when offers were opened, but were refused. That same day this agent sold two other homes before auction the same way. Was ours likely the only offer? Is this shonky?

Deborah, Roseville

Answer

Not illegal, but I read a rat, especially given it was a repeat strategy. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if you were the only buyer without calling the agent’s bluff – and that won’t help buy the house. Incidentally, buyer’s agents often insist on being present for the opening of best offers. Another strategy would be to pull the same tactic on the agent: give them your best offer, deposit, signed contract and 66W certificate (waiving your cooling-off period) at 10am Friday with a non-negotiable 5pm deadline. Take it or leave it.

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