Getting to grips with the details of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act
Works covered by this law reform act include the following:
•Carrying out works of adjustment, alteration, cutting into or away, decoration, demolition, improvement, lowering, maintenance, raising, renewal, repair, replacement, strengthening or taking down;
•Cutting, treating, or replacing any hedge, tree or shrub;
•Clearing or filling in ditches;
•Ascertaining the course of cables, drains, pipes, sewers, wires or other conduits and clearing, renewing, repairing or replacing them;
•Carrying out inspections, drawing up plans and performing other tasks relating to the points above.
If the person who wishes to carry out the works fails within a reasonable time to make good any damage caused to the adjoining owner as a consequence of the works, the adjoining owner can apply to the district court for an order requiring the damage to be fixed.
It is obvious that proposed works could give rise to serious disagreement between the person who wishes to carry out the job and the adjoining owner. The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act provides a remedy whereby the person proposing to carry out such works may apply to the district court for an order authorising the carrying out of specified works.