Guaranteeing a Guarantee – Now and into the Future.

Mark Gunning, Barrister of Nine Wentworth Chambers, has provided Turnbull Bowles with a valuable case note which will be of great interest to anyone who regularly obtains or is required to provide personal Guarantees as part of their business. Mr Gunning refers to a recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal which serves as […]


KEEP OUT? No, an Owners Corporation cannot block access to a Lot.

It seems to be a matter of common sense that an Owners Corporation cannot block access to a Lot in a Strata scheme.  After all, an Owners Corporation is a group of Lot Owners; how could such a group impede access to a Lot owned by one of their colleagues? But sometimes the most obvious […]


Strata Renewal and Collective Sales: Many Steps in a Detailed Process

There has been a lot of publicity and discussion about the collective sale and renewal provisions of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 (the Development Act). The Numbers Required Much of this is because if 75% of lot owners twice show their support an Application to the Land and Environment Court for either the Collective […]


Make an Informed Decision – Get Advice Now to Avoid Problems Later

A Cautionary Tale We recently read a decision made by the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) which demonstrates the importance of getting legal advice early. The case involved a person who wanted approval to drive buses and tourist vehicles. To do so, he had to show that he “is considered to be […]


The Building Defect and Building Bond provisions are now in effect

Here is a New Year reminder which will not be lost on Developers. Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 which deals with Building Defects and the payment of Building Bonds commenced on 1 January 2018. These provision require a Developer of a strata building exceeding three storeys, to give the NSW Government a […]