Not really sure where to start with this, it a pretty long tragic story, I'll try to keep the details to whats relevant. 2 family members have been going through a divorce. The male retained their PPOR, the woman recieved proceed from the sale an IP, all their cash and is still owed 80k so she is still on the deed for the PPOR, divorce was around 12 month ago, male has been making it difficult for her to get the money as it would require him to sell the PPOR. Due to mental health issues a on Tuesday night he made a very poor decision and set fire to the house, it was extensivly damaged. He is currenty in custody and thankfully ok, and none else was hurt. The house was built on sloping block but was one level with a brick footings and piers. Thurday the woman was in contact with the local council and was informed that she had 28 days to arrange demolition of the house. She contacted the builder who orginally built the house as she was considering the best way forward financially would be to rebuild the house from the sub floor up and sell it. At this stage they are assuming no insurance, the woman doesnt even know if the house was insured. There is no family living in the area, we all live 800km away so we were unable to inspect the house in person, the woman is going down Monday to try and sort thing out. On Friday the builder went to have a look at the house and contacted the woman to see if she was aware the house was being demolished- she wasnt. She contacted the council and the council told her that had assessed the building and it was unsafe and they had decided to demolish it as it was posing a risk to surrounding properties. They had apparently sent an e-mail stating their intensions to the male (who is still in custody) but had not contacted anyone by phone. Council has apprently gone into the house and collected any remaing personal effect and put them in storage, pretty much just a camp trailer and garden tools that were under the house, which I find odd that they declared the house to be a risk of collapes but then went in to collect items. Photos I recieved of the block last night confirmed that the demolisher has completely demolished everything on the site, all the footing, the slab the garge was on, and all the landscaping around the house, everything. Also according to council the demolisher has the right to keep everthing from the demolision which includes a few hardwood beams from the rear section of the house that weren't damaged which were apparently worth around 2k each, a large water tank from under the house, all the large boulders from the landscaping etc. I guess what I would like an opinion on here is has the council or the demolisher overstepped their bounds, from the photos I have seen it appear the house could have been rebuilt from the subfloor up but that is not possible now, replacing the house will cost considerably more.