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The deck dispute hots up.

By johnboy - 27 April 2011 55

offending deck

It started out simply enough.

“beejay76” started asking about what could be done about a neighbour building a deck out onto what was claimed to be their land.

For those who don’t follow the comments section closely the drama then unfolded.

Somewhat surprisingly the ACT Planning and Land Authority jumped into the discussion offering to help.

And despite numerous entreaties beejay76 refused to post pictures of the offending deck.

Then, just when it couldn’t get any better the neighbour weighed in, posting the above picture of their deck.

It’s brutal out in the new suburbs.

What’s Your opinion?


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55 Responses to
The deck dispute hots up.
watto23 11:53 am 27 Apr 11

I can’t see the point of the argument myself. Yes they may have built onto technically your land, but even if they buiult it right to the edge of their land, what where you going to do with that strip. If it was wide enough for say a couple of bikes or something, I’d understand.

Its really not worth the angst. even if you can get the square metre or 2 removed from your place and added to theirs, would it affect your rates?

I’m amazed that we are so desperate for land that people buy these tiny blocks these days. I bought a townhouse in 2001 and people thought I was crazy then, but even I have more space than these new housing blocks….

Golden-Alpine 11:36 am 27 Apr 11

Well that was anti-climatic.

JB, did the neighbour share their side of the story?

One of our walls is the boundary line with our neighbours. They have a clothesline attached to our wall, perhaps I should be charging them everytime they hang out their washing!

beejay76, is it really worth the angst? Look around you others have things a lot worse off.

Inappropriate 11:35 am 27 Apr 11

georgesgenitals said :

Also, was the wall built right *on* the boundary line, or a few millimetres inside?

If you brighten the image you can see the deck has been built flush up against the other house.

Skidbladnir 11:29 am 27 Apr 11

georgesgenitals said :

Also, was the wall built right *on* the boundary line, or a few millimetres inside?

I’m curious about how that ended up that way too…
Your building design vs execution is allowed a deviation tolerance of ~30cm iirc, but aren’t DA structures meant to be a minimum of 900mm -1500mm from a boundary?(*)

(*): Clueless question. Despite what some of you seem think, I’m neither well-versed in Planning regs, nor have never been involved in building a house.
Older strutures seem to folow the 1500mm, but more recent constructions suggest we use 900mm (eg: Compare Fadden to Watson)…

colourful sydney rac 11:09 am 27 Apr 11

It looks like it is two fence posts out. No wonder ACTPLA weren’t terribly excited about it.

shadow boxer 11:03 am 27 Apr 11

My guess is that the boundary is the white painted wall in the background, leaving about 20cm for the owner to access if required and for air to circulate around his property and dampness to disperse.

They look like vents running up the middle of the brick wall.

The deck builders should have extended the fence down and then build whatever you want, this is way out of line.

georgesgenitals 10:54 am 27 Apr 11

Is there any reason why the deck needs that little wooden fence part up against the wall? Surely just removing that part of it would solve the whole problem?

Also, was the wall built right *on* the boundary line, or a few millimetres inside?

colourful sydney rac 10:37 am 27 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

http://www.abc.net.au/storm/monsoon/img/storm1a.jpg

http://cache2.artprintimages.com/p/LRG/8/836/57IY000Z/art-print/barbara-mock-pansy-teacup.jpg

This.

I have to say I thought it was going to be a serious encroachment taking up half of BeeJays front yard.

ThatUniStudent 10:34 am 27 Apr 11
Mysteryman 10:32 am 27 Apr 11

Chop71 said :

This could get so much better…… imagine if you choose to paint your wall say………FLURO PINK

I approve of this idea.

Pommy bastard 10:27 am 27 Apr 11
Chop71 10:07 am 27 Apr 11

This could get so much better…… imagine if you choose to paint your wall say………FLURO PINK

Chop71 10:01 am 27 Apr 11

or just buy the 1 square metre of land

gospeedygo 10:01 am 27 Apr 11

Jesus H. Christ, thats not a backyard, thats a laneway!

Thumper 9:57 am 27 Apr 11

It really is this simple.

Is the deck built on the other person’s property?

If no, then carry on, no problems.

If yes, then fix it.

Simple hey?

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