17 October 2021 Stephen Goddard, spokesperson for the Owners Corporation Network, discuss his recent SMH opinion piece about the dangers of building defects in residential strata schemes with Michael McLaren on Overnight with Michael McLaren. Mr Goddard wrote, ‘For some time now it has been a self-evident truth that new residential strata schemes can be plagued with building defects which are left for a new owners’ corporation to fix.’ ‘The defect [...]
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15 October 2021 OCN made a submission on the proposed amendments by the Australian Building Codes Board to energy efficiency and condensation technical provisions, seeking earlier construction and operation of Net Zero Emission buildings, that are ready for the unavoidable impacts of climate change and that are built to ensure the health and wellbeing of their occupants. > OCN Submission - National Construction Code Review 2021 211015 > OCN Submission - [...]
15 October 2021 An owner in a new apartment tower at Canterbury said yesterday: “We took a risk buying into a new apartment, but we didn’t realise it would be this kind of risk.” The alleged risk in question is the possible need to evacuate due to structural instability. For some time now it has been a self-evident truth that new residential strata schemes can be plagued with building defects which [...]
8 October 2021 Having sat on the consultative committee established to provide advice and guidance on the transition to digital survey plans, OCN made a short submission outlining the benefits of the reforms for strata title purchasers. > Download submission
11 October 2021 Almost four in 10 new apartment buildings in NSW have serious defects, costing an average $331,829 per building to fix, a new survey has found, although resolutions are rare. The Owners Corporation Network, which represents apartment owners, welcomed the survey results. “As the peak body for residential strata owners, the Owners Corporation Network strongly supports research into the incidence and impacts of serious defects,” said chief executive Karen [...]
7 October 2021 The NSW Short Term Rental Policy de-regulates housing and residential zoning to accommodate the growth of Airbnb. It makes no distinction between a free-standing home and a high-density apartment community. The commercialisation of strata assets brings with it unpredictable and significant risks and costs for all Owners and increases the burden on Strata Committees and residents. The strata legislation must now address these unresolved policy issues before the [...]
5 August 2021 It has a whiff of narcissism about it – “go on, tell me how great I am” – but NSW is about to introduce a voluntary star rating system for new apartment building projects. It’s a slow-burn strategy to eventually freeze the worst players out of the market, but it has been welcomed by owner advocates such as Karen Stiles, executive officer at the Owners Corporation Network (OCN), who says [...]
20 September 2021 As NSW moves towards 70 – 80 % vaccination problems are arising in residential strata complexes about unvaccinated users’ access to shared strata facilities. To reduce the risk of a Delta outbreak, we are asking the NSW Government to a make clear and unequivocal statement that future public health orders will apply to facilities in all settings, including residential strata and community title schemes. > Read letter to [...]
7 September 2021 Apartment residents could be hit by the most draconian COVID-19 laws ever produced by the NSW Government, which is able to lock down entire unit blocks when just one person tests positive to the virus. The police also now have new powers to patrol buildings, quiz everyone living in – and visiting – apartments for their names and phone numbers, and order them all to take COVID tests. [...]
10 AUGUST 2021 OPINION As an experienced respiratory physician at a major western Sydney hospital, I am gravely concerned about the NSW government’s ineffective response to the Delta outbreak. As it has overseas, the pandemic is disproportionately affecting low-income migrant populations with insecure jobs. NSW is almost certainly on the precipice of a massive deterioration. Contact tracers are overwhelmed, with reporting of infection hot spots lagging by days. The whole strategy [...]