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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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  1. Josephine H

    NSW belated property settlement.

    divorced in 1995 the ex husband threatened to burn our house to the ground if I attempted to get a property settlement. I left with just the children. am I able NOW to get a belated property settlement now that he intends to sell property we owned together? I don't recall there ever was an...
  2. M

    separated wife moved overseas leaving house on her name in Australia

    Good day, I have a situation which makes me quite nervous, would really appreciate some advice here . After 20 years of marriage (which took place overseas) my wife with 7 year old son moved back overseas to her home country(European) 2 years ago. Last year I lodged a Separation with...
  3. H

    QLD Messy controlling family and settlement

    Hi Guys, currently going through settlement, Relationship was for 7 years married for 6 months and left due to DV and drug and alchohol addiction. No children. When i came into the relationship he had a house with a mortgage. The house was in a deralict state and i cleaned up immediately and...
  4. J

    NSW Access to property as co-owners

    Probate has just been granted on my mothers house where I have lived for the past 14 years as her carer. My sister and I are equal beneficiaries and executors. Legally, can my sister enter the property, let herself in and remove articles whilst I am not present?. I don't have an issue with...
  5. B

    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...
  6. J

    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...
  7. D

    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...
  8. T

    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...
  9. N

    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?