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Top strata lawyers have called for NSW property protections to be brought into line with other Australian states after it was discovered that the owners of seven apartments in a single new block sold off the plan had been victims of “sunset clawbacks”. The buyers were all told by the developer that their apartments in a boutique Surry Hills building – on which they’d put down deposits two to three years ago – were no longer available because the development was being completed more than a year late. In such circumstances it is perfectly legal for either party, the purchaser or the developer, to trigger the sunset clause and rescind contracts.