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Ground level - what is natural?

October 30 2018 Insights Library All residential zones detail a ‘maximum building height’. However there has been a number of VCAT decisions which question the…

Trespass By Tower Crane

July 11 2017 A hammerhead tower crane that was entering the airspace above an abutting residential property in Elwood, Victoria was the subject of a recent matter…

Due Diligence - How Much is Enough?

December 16 2017 When purchasing existing residential premises, most people do not consider due diligence until after they’ve entered into a contract to buy the…

Electronic conveyancing; a no-brainer for property developers

December 15 2017 Best Hooper has been an expert in the property and land sector areas of law for over a century. We understand there are significant cost burdens on a…

When Mistakes Happen

February 8 2017 Imagine coming home one day to discover that your eaves have been cut back and your gutters removed. This is exactly what happened to our client when…

The Plunkett Decision - How it affects loss on sale claims

February 13 2019 Known as a "planning blight", the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) has long provided a right to owners of land to claim compensation where…

Alkero Reconsidered - The latest development in ‘Jezmac’

February 7 2019 Jezmac Pty Ltd v Glen Eira CC [2018] VCAT 2053 (Jezmac) was required to revisit the decision of Alkero Development Pty Ltd…

The Roll-Out of Reformed Infrastructure Contributions Plan

January 8 2019 The Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) system was reformed by the ascent of the Planning and Environment Amendment (Public Land Contributions)…

New regulations for owners corporations

December 2 2018 On 3 December 2018, the new Owners Corporations Regulations 2018 (Vic) replaced the existing Owners Corporation Regulations 2007 (Vic)…

VCAT Decision Small Lot Exemption Aboriginal Heritage Regulations

November 26 2018 The Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018 (“AH Regs”) commenced on 23 May 2018. The Tribunal in the recent decision in Hartland Group Pty Ltd v…