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My apartment balcony is leaking into the apartment below. It
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I own an apartment in Brighton, Victoria, and have been
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I am an owner occupier of an apartment. Victoria. Water
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I live on the ground floor of a double-storey apartment
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I am just wondering if balconies on individual apartments
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I own an apartment and our balcony is leaking and causing
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I'm in Victoria, Carrum Downs, My name: Mario Cicerale,
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We have a unit in St Kilda, Melbourne. The Unit is on the
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