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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 1781..


Answers to questions

Standard residential leases

(Question No 152)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to standard residential leases where a covenant of 24 months for complete building development or redevelopment/ extension exists:

(1) How many residential development licences/ permits issued prior to January 1997 have yet to be completed and a certificate of occupancy issued?

(2) What are the (a) block and section numbers, (b) the date of issue of the original licence/ permit, and (c) the date of issue and term of extensions of time granted in each case in (1) above?

(3) How many residential redevelopment/ extension-of-house licences/ permits issued prior to January 1997 have yet to be completed and certified?

(4) What are (a) the block and section numbers, (b) the date of issue of the licence/ permit and (c) the date of issue and term of extensions of time granted in each case at (3) above?

(5) How many non compliants in each case at (1) and (3) are "owners-builders"?

(6) Who has legal power and what are the extent of those powers to enforce compliance with building licencing/ permit regulations in the ACT?

(7) How many prosecutions have been (a) launched and (b) successful each case at (1) and (3) above where building has not been completed as required.

(8) Why are lessees allowed to run over completion dates to the extent revealed above?

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) As at 23 May 2002, there were 248 blocks where the leases were granted between 1 January 1991 and 31 December 1996, building permits have been issued, the approved lease completion development covenants have expired, and no Certificates of Occupancy and Use have yet been issued.

The database fields with records stored in a format to enable generation of a report to answer this request only extend back to 1990. The completion development covenant of residential leases is typically 24 months, however this may be extended following successful application, stating reasons, and payment of the relevant fee.

It would be inappropriate to reveal individual's details in this forum, however any particular cases of concern can be raised directly for investigation.


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