New law to help home renovators

PROPERTY owners will now be able to resolve court disputes over small-scale residential development applications cheaply and quickly.

The streamlined approach to disputes over things such as home extensions has been made possible by a new law passed by the Keneally Government.

The change permits the Land and Environment Court to settle

disputes over proposed development applications through a straight-forward conciliation process if local councils knock back plans.

Attorney General, John Hatzistergos, said the process will increase the number of simple residential disputes that can be resolved such as proposed roof renovations, garage extensions, room additions, carports and driveways.

The changes will also do away with the need for costly legal representation.

“Considering 60 per cent of all development applications are for these types of applications, the new scheme provides great potential to make it easier for NSW homeowners to access the court system,” Mr Hatzistergos said.

The Land and Environment Court aims to finalise 95 per cent of these types of residential development appeals within three months of them being filed in court.

Minister for Planning Tony Kelly said this law provides greater benefits for homeowner applicants.

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