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Four in 10 new apartment buildings have major defects: NSW Building Commissioner

2021-10-11T11:00:14+11:00

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 [...]

Four in 10 new apartment buildings have major defects: NSW Building Commissioner2021-10-11T11:00:14+11:00

Strata Schemes Management Act Supplementary Submission on Short Term Letting

2021-10-07T17:42:20+11:00

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 [...]

Strata Schemes Management Act Supplementary Submission on Short Term Letting2021-10-07T17:42:20+11:00

Star Ratings System to Shine a Light on Dodgy Developers

2021-10-05T12:19:28+11:00

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 [...]

Star Ratings System to Shine a Light on Dodgy Developers2021-10-05T12:19:28+11:00

Covid-19 & NSW Apartment Building Facilities Guidance

2021-12-20T16:12:24+11:00

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 [...]

Covid-19 & NSW Apartment Building Facilities Guidance2021-12-20T16:12:24+11:00

NSW Government has power to lock down entire unit blocks with one positive case

2021-09-30T15:09:45+10:00

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. [...]

NSW Government has power to lock down entire unit blocks with one positive case2021-09-30T15:09:45+10:00

NSW is almost certainly on the precipice of a massive deterioration

2021-08-27T14:04:33+10:00

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 [...]

NSW is almost certainly on the precipice of a massive deterioration2021-08-27T14:04:33+10:00

First Fifty Developers To Be Risk Rated Using New Tool

2021-10-12T14:31:50+11:00

OCN MEDIA RELEASE:  28 JULY 2021 Executive Officer at Owners Corporation Network, Karen Stiles said the tool will take the guesswork out of buying an apartment in NSW. "The last thing prospective owners need is to spend their life savings buying into a problematic building, but in the past consumers have had to rely on the developer's word that the property is a safe and sound investment," Ms Stiles said. "This tool [...]

First Fifty Developers To Be Risk Rated Using New Tool2021-10-12T14:31:50+11:00

New iCIRT tool will rate home builders and developers

2021-07-29T18:56:33+10:00

29 JULY 2021 Home builders will get a rating of one to five stars based on how shonky their work is, in a move aimed at restoring confidence in Sydney’s new builds and leaving dodgy developers “nowhere to hide”. Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the new ratings system would end the days of people moving into defective apartments. Owners Corporation Network executive officer Karen Stiles said the move would [...]

New iCIRT tool will rate home builders and developers2021-07-29T18:56:33+10:00

Licensing of Conveyancers

2021-07-29T18:38:14+10:00

21 JULY 2021 OCN made a short submission calling for the same standard of conduct to apply to Conveyancers as applies to Lawyers.  The current regulatory framework lacks the rigour to ensure appropriate protections for consumers. > Download PDF

Licensing of Conveyancers2021-07-29T18:38:14+10:00

Combustible cladding could become ACT’s ‘second Mr Fluffy’ without full audit

2021-09-30T18:24:08+10:00

21 July 2021 The ACT Government has been warned that unsafe cladding could become the Territory’s “second Mr Fluffy” if a full audit is not carried out and more support is not offered for rectification works. President of the Owners Corporation Network, Gary Petherbridge, has raised concerns about the government’s duty of care to around 90 residential apartment buildings which may have combustible cladding, describing government offers of concessional loans as [...]

Combustible cladding could become ACT’s ‘second Mr Fluffy’ without full audit2021-09-30T18:24:08+10:00
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