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Home Living : June 21st 2011
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 HOMELIVING Steer clear of illegal quagmire It's important to have building work undertaken by certified tradesmen. MANY homebuyers have no knowledge of their legal liabilities or financial implications and easily get caught in illegal building trap, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects warns. According to Archicentre statistics, 29 per cent of houses inspected by its architects have some form of illegal building. Archicentre State Manager ACT & NSW Ian Agnew said in extreme cases, home buyers could be forced to pull down or rectify illegal structures and become legally liable for injuries caused to visitors or tradespeople. ''Most dangerous situations are where people have undertaken illegal wiring, plumbing, structural changes or the construction of balconies and decks on the property,'' he said. ''However, people contemplating undertaking illegal building should be aware, one way or the other, it will catch up with them.'' Mr Agnew said the harsh reality of the impact of illegal building was realised when people wanted to sell their homes and found that buyers requested appropriate paperwork including building permits, and documentation from licensed plumbers and electricians certifying work carried out. ''The bottom line is that if documentation cannot be produced then it becomes highly likely that buyers will not want to inherit the legal or safety risk.'' Details: www.archicentre.com.au Signs to be wary about COMMON illegal building signs uncovered by Archicentre architects during pre-purchase home inspections include: REMOVAL of interior load bearing walls during renovations causing sagging roofs and ceilings; ILLEGAL plumbing connections and drainage causing damp and health hazards under floors; ILLEGAL wiring where the home owner has added additional power points, extra wiring or light fittings, increasing risk of house fires; ADDITION of rooms in roof spaces without permits or appropriate support structures; DAMP and dank areas through lack of ventilation; TACKED on additions which don't look part of the original home; and ELEVATED timber decks and balconies which shake when walked upon. Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2247034i 12/4 Combinations Instant back relief its all about Quality & Comfort Showroom & Warehouse 1 Vuko Place, Warriewood Home Hub Centre - Castle Hill Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Phone: 9913 1133 www.niceinteriors.com.au Phone 9634 8855 NEW 2061931 21/6 FROM ONLY $1299 Nordic Chair + Stool UP TO 40% OFF SELECTED ITEMS QUALITY LOUNGES FABRIC OR LEATHER
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