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A house is a building that functions as a home. They can range from simple dwellings such as rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes and the improvised shacks in shantytowns to complex, fixed structures of wood, masonry, concrete or other materials containing plumbing, ventilation, and electrical systems. Houses use a range of different roofing systems to keep precipitation such as rain from getting into the dwelling space. Houses may have doors or locks to secure the dwelling space and protect its inhabitants and contents from burglars or other trespassers. Most conventional modern houses in Western cultures will contain one or more bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen or cooking area, and a living room. A house may have a separate dining room, or the eating area may be integrated into another room. Some large houses in North America have a recreation room. In traditional agriculture-oriented societies, domestic animals such as chickens or larger livestock (like cattle) may share part of the house with humans.
The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, although households may also be other social groups, such as roommates or, in a rooming house, unconnected individuals. Some houses only have a dwelling space for one family or similar-sized group; larger houses called townhouses or row houses may contain numerous family dwellings in the same structure. A house may be accompanied by outbuildings, such as a garage for vehicles or a shed for gardening equipment and tools. A house may have a backyard or front yard, which serve as additional areas where inhabitants can relax or eat.

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    Sale of house in NSW

    My eldest sister is a widower, no children. She has left her house to be divided between me and other sister (who is the Executor) With a deceased estate, does the Executor need to involve a lawyer in the sale of the property? Does money then go straight into both our bank accounts, or into the...
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    ACT Help with getting a rental house for myself and my 5yo son

    Hi. I have a full time job amazingly still but I can't seem to get a house no matter how many houses I apply for. My 5 yo son has never lived with me as I live in supported accommodation (Ainslie Village) and no matter how many houses I apply for usually through real estate agent, I can't get a...
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    VIC House Dispute & Power of Attorney

    Hi I have POA and been put into very bad situation. Mother separated, left house 4 years ago and divorce granted by court today as she has been delaying but did not follow through with Response to Divorce. I understand 1 month to wait for finalising. This afternoon she went to house and change...
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    Sell house to sibling

    Unfortunately my son has lost my job and prospects are not great right now . He also needs to have 2 minor operations that will put him out of action for a few months. Problem is he has a mortgage that he is going to struggle with. Purchased this investment property and today will sell for th...
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    WA My mother bought a house using her money. Her ex partner is on the title. He broke up with her and has paid no money in Ten Years.

    My mother bought a house using her money. Her ex partner is on the title. He broke up with her and has paid no money towards her or the house in over Ten Years. She lives in WA. Can we remove him from the Title?
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    My mother bought a house using her money. Her ex partner is on the title. He has paid no money towards the house in over Ten years.

    My mother bought a house using her money. Her ex partner is on the title. He broke up with her over Ten years ago and has paid no money towards the house in over Ten years. How do we remove him from the title?
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    VIC Furniture after sale of house

    My brother bought a house off his step mother over six months ago. Her family would not come and get the furniture and other possessions stating he could use them. Not that he wanted to. He has passed away so we needed the house emptied. We packed everything up and packed it in the shed so that...
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    VIC Separation years ago but not settled. House in joint names.

    Hi My parents separated 4 years ago. They had not divorced or completed any orders to settle, even though mother was commencing to force sale.Now she found out he is dying, she stopped settling knowing she will get the whole home. The home is joint owners so understand that she takes over home...
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    Roles of Executors and Deteriorating house.

    I am the co executor of an estate with 3 siblings living in the property. They are all beneficiaries. The house is to be kept for 8 years under the will as long as people wish to live there and are responsible for maintenance. The original intent of the statement was need to live there. All...
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    NSW x partner saying i provided evidence i didn't

    The police had served my x partner with an AVO as he broke into my house and stole my laptop intimidated me and sent intimidating and insulting emails to me. I did provide the emails to the police after I found out my x had made reports about myself and my family to FACTS who then investigated...