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    Can I claim scrapping on yard demolition without prior QS Schedule

    Hi guys, I recently cleared a rear block (with a lot of stuff on it) before subdividing, and was wondering if I have left it too late to claim depreciation/scrapping on the demolished/removed items. I (foolishly) didn't get quantity surveyor schedule done before demolition, much of the stuff...
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    Building construction inspection at milestones on home build

    So my builder has just issued the 'slab down' milestone invoice on my IP build and I'm wondering if I should get a building inspector to sign off on their work before I pay it/before they proceed? Is this something people recommend having done? The build is a double brick 4x2 in Perth...
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    City of Stirling (WA): Single Dwellings Exempt from Planning Approval

    The City of Stirling has confirmed that compliant (DTC) Single Residential Dwellings will no longer require Planning Approval. Compliant & privately certified applications will be processed within 10 days as part of the building permit process. The Local Planning Scheme Amendment was granted...
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    WA to potentially remove paprtment developemt provisions from R30/R34 zones

    More potential hurdles for small apartment development in Perth: Amendment to State Planning Policy 3.1 Residential Design Codes ? Multiple Dwellings, parking and other incidental changes. The West Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) intends to remove the multiple dwelling provisions...
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    City of Stirling plans to ban all multiple dwellings below R60

    Ok so this has been on the radar since last year, however as the WAPC has just given the City consent to advertise, it is now getting a step closer to being approved. Residents of Stirling received a letter last week (due to the WAPC consent) which has brought it up as a media issue again. In...
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    Special Lease Conditions - Do these contradict the Residential Tenancies Act (WA)

    So I have just been reading through the revised WA Residential Tenancies Act (scintillating bedtime reading I assure you!) to, amongst other things, make sure that the Special Conditions I have attached to my lease don't contradict the Act. Having reviewed my conditions I thought I'd throw it...
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    Lawn-free courtyard on a 4x2 rear duplex?

    Hi SSers, So I'm at the point of pre-start meetings on my 4x2 rear duplex build on 375sqm in Bayswater WA. I have gone for a lawn-free (small) courtyard but got nervous when the builder seemed surprised and told me 'that will never rent to a family with no grass'. I beg to differ, but it got me...
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    How to change one tenant on lease

    Hi guys, Had a quick search of the archives but couldn't find anything on this: I have one of my (three) tenants on the current lease moving out of my self-managed IP and a new tenant moving in. All three tenants are on the same lease and I am wondering what the process is for making sure...
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    Fit out spec for an IP build?

    I am just finalising quotes/fit out on my IP build and was hoping to get a few thoughts on the appropriate (ie best return) level of spec for an IP. The property will be a 4x2 in Bayswater WA with a build cost of around $230k turnkey (+/- depending on the call I make on these items). Hopeful...
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    Is a skillion roof worth an extra $25k?

    So, my first duplex development is progressing (slowly!) and I'm at the point of engaging a builder for the rear IP dwelling. The quotes have come back from two builders and I'm shocked to say they are $60k more than I'd anticipated (I'm looking at $265,000 for an average spec 4x2)!! It seems...
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    Depreciationon a 39yo house - worth it?

    Hi guys, With tax-time fast aproaching I am thinking about getting a derpreciation schedule done by a quantity surveyor/depreciation specialist on my IP but i'm not sure if in my case it will be worth the money. My situation: *Property (detached house, double brick) is 39 years old (built...
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    Interractive Census Data Mapping - Social Atlas

    Interesting site: Social atlas site i.d.com has generated a full range of free interactive maps giving a geographical picture of the 2011 Census data for a range of Australian Local Government Areas (not all of them unfortunately, I think they have to pay to have the mapping done). Pretty...
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    WA Subdivision Costs Increase Next Month - Get in quick!!

    Hi guys, As you may or may not be aware, a number of the Western Australian Planning Comission's (WAPC’s) application fees are increasing from 1 July 2013, including their Form 1A (subdivision application) fee. The increase this year is significantly larger than it has been in previous years...
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    Changes to tenancy laws - WA Info Seminars

    FYI Landlords: As most of us are aware, the changes to the tenancy laws commence on 1 July 2013. The Govt of WA Department of Commerce is holding a series of free information seminars on the changes. Event info and registration here: http://consumerprotection.eventbrite.com.au/ From...
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    Special lease conditions for subdivision

    I am renting out the front house of my duplex development site whilst subdividing/building the rear block. As I'm self-managing the front rental I'm interested if anyone has has any examples of good special conditions/development clauses to put in the lease that will 'cover' me for the...
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    Selling a Metal Carport in Perth - Bargain!

    Hi guys, Yes this is a blatant sales attempt, but I thought some of you value adders would be interested in the heavily discounted metal/colourbond Carport / Shade Structure / Patio I am selling (as part of my own subdivision/development process). Add goes like: I am selling this excellent...
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    Landlord Building Insurance or Home Insurance?

    Hi all, So I am about to settle on a PPR that will become my IP after 6 months. I am in the process of choosing home insurance and am wondering how the impending 'IP' status of my property would effect what cover I should go for? Can I simply select the 'best' home insurance, then switch it...
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    Subdivide then build or visa versa? Finance implications

    Hi there, So having finally bought my first property I'm now looking to subdivide and build on the back lot. I am faced with two options and am having a bit of trouble working out the best way to go. (note I am in WA, so i'm not sure if the jargon will differ for other states): Option 1 -...
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    Best bank for resi construction loan? ANZ or Homeside?

    Hi guys, So I am getting close to purchasing my first IP/duplex development project and a about to go for pre approval. Given my maximum borrowing power is pretty close to the amount I will need during the height of the construction phase, my mortgage broker has suggested it is a good idea...
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    Dulux Mobile Website for Trade

    Thought this might be of interest to some people (and no, I don't work for Dulux!). I haven't checked it out so please leave your thoughts for others. ---- DULUX LAUNCHES MOBILE WEBSITE FOR TRADE Dulux has launched a trade specific version of its mobile website, making it easier and...
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