澳洲Australia property Council action on a dodgy deck | Sydney


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Hi,

The back deck in my NSW PPOR is a bit dodgy, and our local council noticed it during a recent easement inspection. The deck is slightly uneven due to overspacing of supports, there is untreated timber used for supports and some supports are in direct contact with the soil. I'm unsure if council approval was obtained for the deck when it was built.

Any ideas what action the council will take? Is there a process they use to determine whether a structure is ok, or requires modification or demolition?

Thanks guys,
LMac  

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LMac said: ↑
Any ideas what action the council will take?Click to expand...
If the council is concerned they will write you a letter stating what they think is the problem and giving you 28 days to respond.

LMac said: ↑
Is there a process they use to determine whether a structure is ok, or requires modification or demolition?Click to expand...
Yes, he's called a building inspector :)

Depending on the size of the deck, approval may not have been required to construct it. HOWEVER, it does sound dodgy from what you've described and even if your council does not contact you, I'd be getting it seen to.  

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HOWEVER, it does sound dodgy from what you've described and even if your council does not contact you, I'd be getting it seen to.Click to expand...
Yep. Don't wait for the council. Get it fixed ASAP. It seems every year there are a couple of dodgy decks that collapse and put people in hospital.  

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A good friend of mine broke her back in the deck collapse that killed one lady a few years ago. For goodness sake, just get it made safe. The last thing you want or need is somebody badly hurt or dead.  

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If you are aware the deck is unsafe and do not remedy the problem, you may find your insurance won't cover you in case of a tragedy.

Repair it, pronto!!

A friend of mine was involved in the accident Wylie refers to.
Marg  

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we had a deck built a few years ago, with council approval. About 2 years after the build, council came to inspect it... it seemed strange to have such a long time in btw.
they found several areas where it didn't comply with building regulations, and they sent us a letter outlining them.
we contacted the builder, who was fortunately still operating. they came and rectified the faults (at no charge). We then contacted the council and they came and reinspected.
Pen  

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