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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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    keeping a share of house left in an estate

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    NSW Bankruptcy - interest in house in name of my spouse only

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    VIC Extensive Rainwater Damage - Neighbour's Raised Garden Bed on House Wall on Boundary

    Hi there, My house sits right on the boundary. The side wall of my weatherboard house is the boundary to the neighbour. Some years ago (before I bought the house), the neighbour raised a garden bed some 400m and the dirt of that garden bed sits against the wall with no protection in place...
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    WA Partnership of buying a house

    Hello, I seek guidance on the legal procedures necessary to establish a partnership with a friend who owns a renovation company, with the intention of jointly purchasing and renovating an investment property in Perth. Particularly, I am interested in understanding the legal framework for...
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    NSW Seperating but don't want to sell the house

    I have been separated from my ex since late October but we still share the house that we have lived in for 7 years. I moved out for a week on boxing day but had to move back for financial reasons. We are in separate rooms. I work and study, he doesn't. I pay all the bills, he maintains the...
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    house expenses

    My ex moved out of our house 3 yrs ago and has refused to pay for any of the mortgage, rates ,strata fees and maintenance costs, i have had to pay for it all. Is she legally responsible for a portion of these costs if the house is in her name too.?
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    SA Camera on house overlooks school property and students

    I have a cctv camera installed on my house (suburb in Adelaide) and it views the maintenance area of the private school next door. It also captures when people and students walk through that area. I think legally this is not an issue. The school has asked me to reposition the camera but I want...
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    My X Spouse abandons the house. and now she is claiming the sale of the house. assets

    What is my legal right? I am a 70-year-old retired male; I've spent all my superannuation funds to buy a property in Spain so I could retire in Spain. However, my younger spouse, 42 years old, abandoned her daughter and me and left debts in Australia. She moved into a house in Spain without...
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    NSW Retaining Wall on a boundary line for new house builds. Who has ownership?

    Both my neighbour and I are building in a new estate. The estate had already provided a boundary retaining wall halfway up the boundary line, however it looks like we will now need to extend the retaining wall to the front of the property on the boundary line due to the different levels of our...