I need some information for a piece of fiction and I hope someone here can help point me in the right direction. What sort of law is there in Australia (NSW/Sydney specifically) regarding ownership and occupation of real estate? If a person had the deed to a house transferred to him by a parent, then subsequently left the house unoccupied for more than ten years, what would become of the property? This is assuming the owner could not be contacted. Would the state take posession and auction it off? If it matters, the house would have become unoccupied around 1973.
I appreciate any insight anyone can give regarding this matter. Thanks.