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    Tenant not paying rent

    I am self managing as well...usually when tenants claim to be "cashed up", ask for a copy of their bank statement. Some times work reference or rental reference are not reliable. I had an applicant who told me she works for Google in Macquarie Park. She provided her managers name & mobile...
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    Final extension quote 55% higher than estimate - help

    Ace...are you a builder yourself? If you are...then fair enough. I understand why you get annoyed at people who get many quotes. When I was in sales, I don't like those who listen to my sales pitch but don't buy anything... hehe...:)
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    Final extension quote 55% higher than estimate - help

    1st quote I got is $170,000 from a well known granny flat builders. 2nd quote I got is $155,000 from a Chinese builder. 3nd quote I got is $169,000 from a builder by referrals. If I only obtained 3 quotes, I would have gone with the most expensive one, because they have a good reputation & big...
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    Looking for an accredited fire consultant in Western Sydney

    Does anyone know a local fire consultant who can visit my house in Blacktown, NSW and issue a fire compliance certificate? I'm trying to organize a ground floor extension to add a couple of rooms & living space to the back. Once the construction complete, I'm thinking of living in one and...
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    Final extension quote 55% higher than estimate - help

    Don't rush it... I'm also in the process of organizing a backyard extension to add a couple of bedrooms & living area. Having obtained quote from more than 15 builders, the highest is $170,000 and lowest $75,000. I found 3 good builders i.e. more than 10 year experience & clean history under...
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    Proposed New Tenancy Bill in NSW

    Haha that's a great idea! I guess whenever there is a policy, there is a strategy :D
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    Proposed New Tenancy Bill in NSW

    If a tenant decide to pass their lease onto a friend of family when they vacate, the landlord can not object. What really gets me worried is the section that dictates: Landlords will be required to give 90 days notice for repossession which will not be in general allowed unless landlords:-...
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    Proposed New Tenancy Bill in NSW

    The NSW gov is proposing a new tenancy bill to be put through parliament in June this year. It's entirely written to protect the tenants even if they don't pay rent. Here's a email I got from Property Owner's Association, more detail can be found on their website at: http://www.poansw.com.au/...
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    When developers come knocking ?

    It seems that the labor gov is amending a lot of legislation to win votes for the upcoming election. Have a look at the new tenancy bill that will be put through parliament in June, it's entirely written in the favor of tenants. Here's a email I received from Property Owners Association: THE...
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    Recommendation for Insurance Lawyer

    Yes. That's right. After contacting 4 or 5 insurance brokers only two got back to me with a quote. One is "insanely" expensive, whereas the other is quite reasonable.
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    Recommendation for Insurance Lawyer

    To help cover the mortgage I'm leasing out the individual rooms. I've told my insurance broker the arrangement and he said that's fine and got me a landlord insurance. I'm a bit iffy about that. Since I don't have a recording of what I told the broker over the phone and there is no questions...
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    Recommendation for Insurance Lawyer

    Does anyone know an experienced lawyer in Sydney who deals with insurance related matters? (e.g. Home insurance, landlord insurance) I have a few specific questions regarding my insurance policy, in particular the definition of "duty of disclosure". It seems that insurance companies define...
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    Recommend a builder in Sydney

    Hello, I have an IP in Blacktown, NSW. I'm looking to extend and add additional rooms and living space at the back. Can anyone recommend a builder who has experience dealing with the council as well as the building work? Many thanks. Lei
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    Your feedback on the cost of concrete footpath in Sydney

    The gutter is rusty and has many holes... I don't think silicon would help... it's really on it's last breath :) The builder tried to save money...only installed an eg pipe and directing the water down the hill rather than into storm water pipe... hope the neighours won't notice (fingers crossed)
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    Your feedback on the cost of concrete footpath in Sydney

    Andy, You're definitly right... having done a quick search on the internet, recycled concrete only cost $22 per ton and each ton equals approxi. 1,000 kg. I think the builder is putting recycled concrete in the bottom layer and use proper concrete on the surface only. The digging and clearing...
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    Your feedback on the cost of concrete footpath in Sydney

    Bill, Are you a builder/handy man by profession? Because the questions you ask are very specific, it seems you had previous experience with this type of work. :) Is it only rain water your issue? The rain water is not the only issue, the moisture attract termites, and pest treatment is...
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    Your feedback on the cost of concrete footpath in Sydney

    Craig, The builder has almost complete the project, except that concrete has not been laid due to bad weather, but the trench has been digged and filled. He has put 3-5 people on the job for a total of 3 days. Seeing that his people are very young (early 20s), I believe he pays them no more...
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    Your feedback on the cost of concrete footpath in Sydney

    Thanks Craig...at $50/sqm it would cost approx. $2,812.50 to lay concrete footpath for the front and side of the house... Assuming it cost another $1,500 to dig out the soil, install drainage and clean out the shrubs on the side, that means this builder is making at least $2,257 after GST, and...
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    Sub dividing Frankston north..HELP!!!

    Hi Len, I believe you should get a second quote from builders. Most of them deal with local councils including having plans approved and so on. I received two quotes from builders on the cost of drawing up a plan for extension in the Blacktown area (Sydney) and having it approved by the...
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    Your feedback on the cost of concrete footpath in Sydney

    My property is positioned on the low side of the street. After a downpour, water always collect against the wall on the front of the house where 3 of the bedrooms are located and unfortunately the garden top soil lines up against the brickwork of the house. The house have had passed termite...
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