Sydney man's half house....

Reading this news I'm wondering , did owner never inspect house while it was being built…Something is not adding up here….


  • Good luck his mortgage clients. If he cannot check his own house progress for 3 years how to trust him to follow up on a loan application.

  • +3

    Seems like this is a common occurrence in the area? Check out this house just around the corner..

    • +1

      That’s a really good comparison shot, side by side. Both looks to be the same width on similar sized lot. Yet one has the standalone design with normal roof and the other a chopped roof.

      Though I didn’t think council would approved dwellings that close to each other. I thought there had to be a minimum 0.8m set back.

      • +1

        What the hell is going on here? One has a normal standalone design approved and one doesn't?

        • +1

          I really can't believe Liverpool council would allows those designs to pass. It really ruins the street appeal.

  • +2

    Maybe he misunderstood when the builder said it was 50% off!?

    Sounded like a bargain worthy of OzB… turned out to be as disappointing as your amazon delivery arriving already broken

  • +13

    Ok here it is.

    There are two titles involved. One where the so called 'half house' is built and one for the land next door where the blank wall is. The owners of the title next door haven't lodged a building application with council. The owner of the 'half' house was aware he was getting 'half a house'. He has owned the land for around three years. His house was completed around 2 to 3 months ago. It took around 6 months to complete not three years. I couldn't find out if he bought the land before subdivision was registered.

    There are a number of 'half' houses in the subdivision like his.

    A private certifier was used and has refused to sign off on the building. The council don't know why and and have no interest in why. The fight should be between the home owner and the certifier.

    What the owner doesn't know is he will receive a visit next week from the council for living in a property that doesn't have an occupation certificate and could be given notice to quit.

    Let the drama begin.

  • +3

    This is what happened (my guess)
    1. The builder planned to build two detached houses and sold that concept
    2. Council said "Sorry guys, you don't have enough land"
    3. The builder goes "We can't lose a business. Offer them a discount so that the owner will agree to a duplex".
    4. Owner goes "Sweet.. I'm getting a bargain here. I'm getting a house and a discount".
    5. Neighbour decides not to build.
    6. House looks ugly, so we have a disappointed owner.

    I would convert that big blank wall into an advertising space and earn some money instead :)

  • +2

    100% wrong.

    BTW. It has nothing to do with the council except the family are living in it WITHOUT an occupation certificate.

  • The guys house,150.8687942,3a,75y,154.19h,81.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQTfB78MA7xNO8BzqJpb5cA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

    and another one,150.8689168,3a,75y,334.04h,87.52t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sh7JNJWRhzdlvF3r6zeLgKw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

    there is 2 built the same way

    • What a feral unit, he could at least do some gardening.

  • +2

    There are multiple (at least 3) homes by that builder like this in the area. Zac homes on facebook are promoting the build of duplexes - but it appears it doesn't always work out especially when there are seperate owners for both the lots. One of them linked above has a normal freestanding home next to the half house. It's rediculous that this can happen and I don't think Zac Homes are completely innocent as they claim to be.

    Here are 3 seperate homes like this:,150.8687942,3a,75y,154.19h,81.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQTfB78MA7xNO8BzqJpb5cA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192,150.8689168,3a,75y,334.04h,87.52t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sh7JNJWRhzdlvF3r6zeLgKw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192,150.8683428,3a,25.8y,335.55h,90.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sT06QFLSehvePZCyxb8u5Gw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

    I think the above facebook pic is the same house as the last street view link. Take note that the complete freestanding home is finished with no builder fencing while the zac homes half house still has the buidlers temp fencing in place - this to me shows that they know that the property next door isn't going ahead with the other half of the duplex but they still built a half duplex anyway.

    • I’m actually curious what the blank wall is made out of. Is it rendered brick? Will is cope being exposed to outdoor weather?

      The roof line is ugly as hell but probably still functional. I wonder why they don’t make it traditional style knowing next door is not am empty lot to finish off the other half. Personally, I would of went with a single sloped roof, more room for solar panels (if facing north).

      • It's probably Fyrchek or the James Hardie equivalent.

  • This reminds me of the time I stubbed my toe on the pronounced threshold of a skewed doorway into a seedy Chinatown venue, in the late 90's; the night was sultry and I was wearing thongs. The impact was blunt and the onset of pain immediate; my thoughts traversed the entire thesaurus of lewd proclamations, but as my hand accidentally brushed my side as I stumbled into the neon accented, musky darkness, all my pain morphed into the realisation that I no longer possessed the two dollar coin put aside for the two minutes and fifteen seconds of live entertainment at this here seedy venue, and I limped away flacid to the hour-long jerky ride home, on the W class tram…

  • +1

    This guy is absolutely nothing but a liar. I am surprised ACA believes his story.

  • why has the guy got 2 green bins?

    • Aha all is revealed….