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Why adding value to your apartment building is worth the investment

2022-08-03T10:39:39+10:00

When you invest in an apartment, it is possible to increase its value significantly by improving the building it sits in as a whole.  This can range from hanging a beautiful artwork in the foyer or lobby to much more substantial projects such as improving the facade, upgrading common areas, installing a lift into a modest walk-up or adding balconies to all units. Paul Morton of Lannock Strata Finance, a lender that [...]

Why adding value to your apartment building is worth the investment2022-08-03T10:39:39+10:00

NSW terminates real estate regulator after 8 months

2022-08-01T12:34:11+10:00

Mr Minns, appointed by former minister Kevin Anderson in November, left the role on Friday, making him the second figure in a key position of industry reform to depart within days, after the largely unexplained resignation of building commissioner David Chandler. “It was a sad week for consumer protection in NSW,” said Karen Stiles, executive director of strata owner advocacy group OCN. “Monday brought the shock resignation of much loved – and [...]

NSW terminates real estate regulator after 8 months2022-08-01T12:34:11+10:00

‘The power players are right in your face’: How David Chandler took on Sydney’s shoddy developers

2022-08-01T15:12:14+10:00

13 JULY 2022 The state’s first Building Commissioner, David Chandler, had been looking forward to going fishing when his stint in the high-profile role was due to end this year. But once he heard some developers had already ordered the champagne for a party to celebrate his exit, he decided to stay put a bit longer, Chandler reportedly quipped to a room of property insiders a few months ago. Owners Corporation [...]

‘The power players are right in your face’: How David Chandler took on Sydney’s shoddy developers2022-08-01T15:12:14+10:00

David Chandler Resigns as NSW Building Commissioner

2022-07-27T12:49:11+10:00

The building regulation environment in NSW is in for a shake-up following the resignation of respected NSW Building Commissioner DAVID Chandler. Chandler will finish his role in November after just over three years.  No public announcement was issued. Karen Stiles, Executive Director of the Owners Corporation Network, expressed shock at the news and praised Chandler’s contribution. “It was a sad day for NSW apartment purchasers and industry alike when NSW Building Commissioner, [...]

David Chandler Resigns as NSW Building Commissioner2022-07-27T12:49:11+10:00

NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler Resigns

2022-07-26T12:22:54+10:00

25 JULY 2022 NSW’s first building commissioner, David Chandler, has quit the role three years after former Liberal premier Gladys Berejiklian appointed him to lift the standards of the state’s beleaguered construction industry. Owners Corporation Network executive officer Karen Stiles said Chandler was respected and had “led massive reforms during his tenure in an attempt to restore consumer confidence”. She said the news of his departure was “terribly sad”. “NSW had [...]

NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler Resigns2022-07-26T12:22:54+10:00

Telcos Bully Way into Apartment Buildings

2022-08-04T12:00:43+10:00

13 JULY 2022 An emerging issue is that of smaller telecommunications providers muscling their way into apartment buildings to instal their equipment.  Karen Stiles talks to Raf Epstein.   Listen:> ABC Drive with Rafael Epstein

Telcos Bully Way into Apartment Buildings2022-08-04T12:00:43+10:00

Show me your stars: Apartment buyers start pulling deposits after new rating system

2022-07-11T16:10:50+10:00

Apartment hunters have pulled deposits and are switching to builders and developers who have earned gold star ratings on a new ratings platform, says NSW building commissioner David Chandler. Since the Independent Construction Industry Rating Tool (iCIRT) register was launched in May, including the first 19 companies rated as trustworthy, four families told Chandler they had withdrawn deposits from unrated builders and developers and taken their business to one built by [...]

Show me your stars: Apartment buyers start pulling deposits after new rating system2022-07-11T16:10:50+10:00

Inquiry into Embedded Networks in NSW

2022-06-22T15:57:02+10:00

7 JUNE 2022 OCN made a brief submission opposing contracts entered into by developers which simply shift the cost of core infrastructure to apartment purchasers, lock them into long term contracts, and deprive them of choice. Read submission: > OCN Submission - Embedded Networks June 2022

Inquiry into Embedded Networks in NSW2022-06-22T15:57:02+10:00

Out of Court Settlement Reached Over Opal Towers

2022-05-21T16:22:12+10:00

21 May 2021 According to Karen Stiles, executive director of apartment owners peak group Owners Corporation Network, the long-running case had exposed more than the cracks in the Opal Tower. “It was really the start of the turning point where the government had to admit we had a problem with rampant building defects in residential towers and actually had to do something to address it,” she said. Read more:> HERE

Out of Court Settlement Reached Over Opal Towers2022-05-21T16:22:12+10:00

Charger guide helps NSW buildings get electric vehicle ready

2022-05-25T19:04:59+10:00

More electric vehicle drivers can soon charge up at home and work, with a step-by-step guide released by the NSW Government, and a pilot site providing proof of concept for EV-ready buildings. The EV Ready Buildings materials and webinar registration details are available on the Drive electric NSW EV ready buildings webinar webpage. Speakers at the webinar include the EV Council Head of Energy and Infrastructure, Ross de Rango, and Owners Corporation [...]

Charger guide helps NSW buildings get electric vehicle ready2022-05-25T19:04:59+10:00
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