Heads-up for drone users

As drones become a much more familiar sight buzzing over public events, commercial premises or around homes and parks, it’s wise to remember that these are not just toys but are legally considered to be a type of aircraft – albeit unmanned – having to abide by rules and regulations as set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). These rules were recently updated to keep pace with the changing technology and there are hefty consequences if you break them, including fines of up to $5,000 for an individual and $30,000 for a body corporate. The term ‘unmanned aircraft’ can
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Who pays when your residential tenant damages your property?

 Landlords and insurance companies have been dismayed to learn that the Court of Appeal has decided that residential tenants don’t have to reimburse their landlord (or insurer) where their rental property is damaged. This means that even though residential tenants don’t pay for insurance they get the benefit of the landlord’s insurance. The case went through a lengthy court process. The original fire (unexpectedly caused by the tenant leaving a pot of oil on high heat) was in 2009. The tenancy agreement said that the tenants had to ‘take all reasonable precautions against the outbreak of fire’. The difficulty was
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