Sydney businessman Steve Ballas returned to his property in Bankstown only to find that a demolition company had knocked it down instead of the house next door.
Mr Ballas got a call from a friend saying that his three-bedroom property was being knocked down. He ran out of his shop, but by the time he reached the vacant property, which he had planned on renting out next year, workers were halfway through the demolition process.
He notified the police and reported to Canterbury Bankstown Council that his home was being knocked down without his consent. The police stopped the demolition, but by that point there was only one wall left, so Mr Ballas told the Daniel’s Demolitions workers to complete the job.
The council had approved a DA for knocking down 200 Marion Street, but the confused workers accidentally knocked down number 198, which Mr Ballas owned. The confusion was attributed to the mailbox, which had been incorrectly numbered as 200 since he purchased the property. To compound the situation, the house that was meant to be knocked down was numbered as 202.
The mailbox of number 200 had a newer label with the proper address, but it was reportedly obscured by junk mail when workers sourced the address for the demolition site.