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What to watch for in NSW and QLD? Sewages, flood, easement

Discussion in 'Where to Buy' started by Eric Wu, 23rd Oct, 2015.

  1. Eric Wu

    Eric Wu Mortgage Broker Business Member

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    when buying in NSW, solicitors and buyers are very aware of sewage, it is a no no when a sewage is fund in the backyard of the property ( for the reason that you could not built on it, Sydney Water could come in and dig things up if problems occur with the sewage pipe).

    In QLD, people are more worry about flood and easement. Flood risk is self explanatory. Re easement, my impression is that it is an area that is reserved for services ( soil could be dug up and opened up for services, connecting, fixing)

    is the above correct?
     
  2. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    No, not entirely.

    Sewer pipes that cross backyards are very common, not just in NSW but in all states and territories. It is not a problem unless you want to build a garage or swimming pool over it. If this were the case, you would avoid properties like these. You can dig up and encase in concrete but this adds extra cost.

    Easements again appear in all states and territories. Stormwater needs to be run someplace and underground power cables need to go somewhere. You just need to check the position and see if it affects your future plans for where the easements run.

    Flood risk is present in all states and territories. Generally to be avoided unless you want to accept the risk.
     
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  3. RetireRich101

    RetireRich101 Well-Known Member

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    Most of the aspect knowledge you gained in NSW is applicable to QLD.
     
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  4. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    A lot of people seem to have an issue or phobia with a sewer main running through a property. In most cases if there is a main on a property it will run along the boundary line without a huge impact on potential development.
    As for coming in and digging and destroying the yard and knocking the house down there is very little chance of this happening. There is more chance you'll be digging up the private plumbing than the main. Plus with the technology available these days,water authorities rarely need to dig
     
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  5. AndrewTDP

    AndrewTDP Urban Planning Consultant Business Member

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    Mains tend to run along the boundary in a setback area you can't build in. E.g. just finishing up a subdivision in Gosford LGA where the sewer main crosses the property - but there is a 3m rear setback so can't build in that area anyway.

    Drainage easements can be dealt with in other ways. They can sometimes be covered and piped as the use of the easement can carry on. Basically, the easement still has to carry out the primary function. On townhouse developments building something like the visitor carpark over these can be a very good outcome for the site - just involves a bit of lateral thinking, and if it discourages other people...
     
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    Also need to consider land slip and mine subsidence zones too.
     
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    No.

    Services have to go somewhere.
     
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