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JS Mueller & Co Strata Lawyers NSW

Growing Our Business Means Growing Our Team of Strata Experts

15 June 2018, News Release

JS Mueller & Co has been serving the strata industry for almost four decades, since 1979, and as our business grows, so does our team of strata experts. 

As such, we’re proud to announce the addition of three new strata lawyers to our team

Check out our team of strata experts and read the full news release here.

How to Avoid Bylaw Mistakes

How to Avoid Strata By-law Mistakes

14 March 2018, Real Estate Institute NSW (REINSW) News

The deadline for owners corporations to review their by-laws has passed and most owners corporations have now completed these reviews.

So what lessons can be learned from the by-law review process? And, more importantly, what mistakes have been made during that process and how can they be fixed?

Read the full Real Estate Institute NSW (REINSW) article here.

Airbnb Short Term Letting AFR

Strata Lawyers Dissect Anti-Airbnb Rules 

15 February 2018, Australian Financial Review (AFR)

Adrian Mueller of JS Mueller & Co says that rather than a by-law restricting the number of days a property could be let  I would…

“Advise the owners corporation to make a new by-law that would prohibit an owner or occupier of a lot using the lot … for unlawful short-term accommodation”.

Read the full Australian Financial Review (AFR) article here.

Building Defects

Experts Criticise Law to Protect Home Buyers from Dodgy Developers

5 January 2018, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) 

Is a 2 per cent bond to cover the cost of repairing defective work inadequate? Is the system doomed to result in more cost and litigation?

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) article here.

Huge Crackdown on Empty Houses and Apartments

23 December 2017, Byron Shire News

Faiyaaz Shafiq, a strata law expert from JS Mueller & Co Lawyers, said at the time the problem would only get worse.

“A lot of people are buying properties from overseas and leaving them,” he said. “So many owners are out there with units locked up, empty, and no one can find them.”

Read the full Byron Shire News article here.

Levy Collections Supreme Court

Sydney homeowners disappeared overseas after their conversion to Buddhism, and they actually owed $1.4m cumulative tax in 12 years

9 December 2017, International Asian News

Senior lawyer JS Mueller & Co, Faiyaaz Shafiq said: “This is a big issue in Australia because some overseas buyers are usually from Asia, but they never live in it and no one knows where they are and usually they can’t be traced.”

Read the full article here.

JS Mueller & Co Branding

Introducing the New Look… JS Mueller & Co

25 November 2017, Media Announcement

Our exciting new look and feel has been designed to reflect the growing brand we are today and into the future. You’ll start to see our new branding reflected across our website, stationery, legal documents, promotional materials and much more.

To see the full impact click here.

Airbnb Fines

Airbnb Hosts can be Fined $550 for Failing to Notify Strata of New Guests Under NSW Law

20 November 2017,

A LITTLE-USED legal provision could be used to put the squeeze on owners who rent their units out on short-term rental sites like Airbnb. Under Section 258 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.

Read the full article here.

Levy Collections and the Sheriff

Merry Chase for Mystery Malaysian Monk who Renounced his ‘Worldly Possessions’

20 November 2017,

This case has set a precedent for owners corporations in the same predicament. The Supreme Court order was necessary to give the notoriously short-staffed sheriff’s office a nudge.  

Read the full article here

Levy Collections

Sale of Apartment Owned by Monk who Disappeared Overseas Sets Legal Precedent

19 November 2017, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Domain

Owners Corporations and strata managers in NSW sometimes wonder how they can recover outstanding strata levies from owners of strata units who have disappeared and are nowhere to be found. Well, do not be disillusioned. Muellers has now given hope to owners corporations and strata managers.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Domain article here.

New NSW Strata Rules Loophole

Gaping Loophole in New NSW Strata Rules Exposed After Resident Ripped up her Carpet

12 November 2017, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Domain

Owners who took action at NCAT against a resident who broke the by-laws by ripping up her carpet and using the concrete slab as noisy flooring discovered, they could not impose a fine on her.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Domain article here.

short-term letting

Landmark decision: NSW tribunal overturns bylaw that banned woman from renting apartment on Airbnb

30 September 2017, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Domain

In a landmark decision, the first time strata by-laws have been overturned in favour of Airbnb in NSW, will have major repercussions for every apartment building that has tried to restrict short term lets.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Domain article here.

Chinese Property Owners and Strata

Chinese Property Owners in Australia

19 April 2016, SBS Radio

JS Mueller & Co Lawyer, talks strata law with SBS Cantonese Radio, nation-wide.

If you understand Cantonese and/or have Chinese Cantonese speaking clients listen to the full radio interview below.

Listen to the full SBS Cantonese Radio interview here Chinese Property Owners in Australia

Home Warranty and Building Defects

Home Owner Warranty Protection NSW

15 October 2014, Radio 2UE

JS Mueller & Co talks Home Owner Warranty Protection New South Wales (NSW) with Clive Robertson 2UE Radio.

To listen to the full 2UE Radio interview click here.