Hypothetical Question - Joining 2 terraces to make 1

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  1. alps

    alps Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    If one wants to consolidate 2 adjoining terraces (sharing a shared party wall) to make one single residence, do the titles need to be consolidated into one or can they be left on two separate titles as they currently are? Are there advantages/disadvantages to either option?

    Terraces form part of a row of terraces in COS Council.

    Thanks,

    alps
     
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  2. Rolf Latham

    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

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    Who would now :)

    unless you are looking to take out the bearing wall, then u have other issues :)

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  3. alps

    alps Well-Known Member

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    Just thought I'd bump this up one more time to see if anyone has had any experience with this.
    Can a house be DA approved over 2 titles?
     
  4. lixas4

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    Cant answer for nsw, but in vic part of your permit conditions might be to consolidate the titles. Council wont want one title being sold for half the house.
     
  5. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    There are plenty of houses across 2 titles, I recall a land tax case several years ago where the court found that the adjoining land was part of the house so land tax was inappropriately levied.

    You need to consider whether consolidation is an advantage - ie can you still subdivide the block if you no longer require a larger house?
     
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  6. alps

    alps Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Scott,
    That’s exactly why I think leaving it on 2 titles makes sense. Just not sure if council make you consolidate the 2 as a DA requirement.
     
  7. alps

    alps Well-Known Member

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    No longer a hypothetical question :)

    Gotten our DA approval to consolidate to 2 terraces - wish I could say that it was an easy, cost effective process :(

    One of the many conditions include the consolidation of the two lots into one.
     
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  8. Scott No Mates

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    That may be good - single lot of rates, single water, sewer, electrical, gas services.

    Consolidation would mean that you can no longer use as two separate dwellings as they don't meet the minimum lot size individually.