Owners Corporation Law (formerly Body Corporation Law) is another area of land ownership for apartment and unit living not clearly understood by the uninitiated. Civil Lawyers can provide sound and affordable legal advice and look after all your needs in this area of the law.

An owners corporation or what was previously known as body corporate manages the common property of a residential, commercial, retail, industrial or mixed-use property development. This includes public space such as driveways and paths etc used in common by members of the Owners Corporation.

If you own a flat, apartment or unit you will be part of an owners corporation. The former Body Corporate transferred across to owners corporation on 31 December 2007, when the Owners Corporations Act 2006 came into force. This law sets out the duties and powers of owners corporations.

Civil Lawyers have had over 40 years experience in dealing with the former body corporate laws and regulations and are cognisant and experienced with the requirements of owners corporation legislation and rulings.

If you are in the process of setting up an owners corporation, need advice, need documents perused or require full details of how owners corporations work please call us today and we will fully appraise you.

Civil Lawyers also represent Owners Corporation members in legal disputes arising in Owners Corporations.

The following is a list of some of the subjects of claims that Civil Lawyers can assist you in making under the Fair Trading Act. There are many others that are not listed:

  • Debts
  • Motor vehicle purchase, panel beating and mechanical repair parts and services
  • Building disputes, renovations and extensions to homes, office, shops and business premises (including landscaping, concreting, paving, flooring, tiling and carpet laying services)
  • Cars, motorcycles, caravans and other vehicles
  • Boats and marine services
  • Household goods including furniture purchase and repairs and service to electrical and white goods, computers, photocopiers etc
  • Furniture removal and storage services
  • Wedding, hairdressing, video, photography, dressmaking, reception, and restaurant services
  • Travel services and holiday accommodation
  • Gas, electricity, water, sewerage and telecommunications
  • Dry cleaning • Introduction agencies
  • Funeral and stone masonry services
  • Pets and livestock
  • Contract to purchase, sell or rent real estate
  • Claims against professionals (including doctors, lawyers and real estate agents)
  • Goods purchased that are faulty or unsatisfactory services rendered
  • Insurance claims against your insurance company
  • Misleading or deceptive conduct, false representation and unconscionable conduct
  • Loss, injury or damage because of a contravention of the Fair Trading Act 1999
  • Injunction requiring someone to stop or to do something
  • Declaration of unfair terms in consumer contracts entered into after 8/10/03
  • Unconscionable conduct in trade or commerce in connection with supply or possible supply of goods or services.

If you require expert legal services in relation to all VCAT matters, speak to us as soon as possible so that we can advice you and adequately prepare you for the range of legal matters and options open to you that you will need to consider.

We are ready and able to provide advice, appear and also brief experienced Expert Counsel on an urgent basis to attend in order to best defend, safeguard and advance your rights and interests in all VCAT law matters.


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