15 FEBRUARY 2021 Construction on the first projects to start under a three-year program to remove combustible cladding from 225 high-risk apartment complexes in NSW will kick off around the middle of the year, the government in that state says. In an announcement last week, NSW Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson unveiled details of the state’s cladding rectification scheme which was announced in last October’s budget. Labelled Project Remediate, the [...]
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11 FEBRUARY 2021 Since publication of the Strata Review Discussion Paper and survey OCN many members have expressed frustration and disappointment at the manner in which it has been presented. OCN has written to the Minister for Better Regulation & Innovation, The Hon. Kevin Anderson, outlining several major concerns about gaps and assumptions in the process, the ‘survey’ and the questions themselves. >Download PDF
5 FEBRUARY 2021 The new proposal escalates the city’s aggressive efforts to protect long-term housing and curb tourism by regulating vacation rentals. Landlords in Barcelona would be permanently banned from renting out private rooms for short-term stays if the city approves a new plan. As part of a package of measures designed to protect potential long-term housing from being cannibalized by tourist rentals, the office of Mayor Ada Colau proposed a new rule that [...]
Neighbours of a Perth hotel security guard who tested positive to the mutant strain of COVID-19, say they weren't told of their potential exposure, only realising when the guard's roommates were taken away for testing. 7 News > Watch here
A SYDNEY apartment block with serious structural problems which could cost each homeowner tens of thousands of dollars to fix has been shut down before completion. But despite NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler uncovering holes in walls and “serious structural compromise” of the Strathfield building, the project’s 45-year-old property developer claimed he’s never been on a job site where Australian building standards have ever been fully followed. The OandE Developments worksite [...]
19 JANUARY 2021 OCN made a submission to the Australian Building Codes Board on the documentation that should be required by law to be given to owners corporations by the developer. When this is legislated and enforced – and the current practice of ignoring requirements for handover documentation is ended – it will greatly assist owners in new buildings. >Download PDF
15 JANUARY 2021 The D&PB legislation is incredibly important to owners – it creates a retrospective duty of care to owners by designers and building practitioners. OCN made a detailed submission on the draft Regulations to improve consumer protections. > Download PDF
The small red car was illegally parked. A handwritten note read, “No power when we got home. No parks outside. Call Adrian…” That was from the night before, when it all began. Since early evening I’d had no hot water. Now, at 10am, I was locked out myself, barefoot, unwashed, on the street, in a thunderstorm, staring at the kerbside evidence of collective frustration. Not because I’d forgotten my keys, but [...]
Hundreds of Sydney apartment owners are facing an uncertain future after the collapse of a company linked to the builder of the Opal Tower, with allegations that it collectively owes them $30 million to repair seven defective builds across the city. The revelations come as another high-profile construction group, Ganellen, placed one of its companies into administration last week, midway through a court battle over defects and only days after it [...]
13 December 2020 Businesses at the base of Sydney's harrowed Mascot Towers have been caught between the directives of a government minister and the building's owners corporation, which has given them a week's notice to vacate over safety issues. The owners of seven shops say they will lose everything if they are forced to close a week before Christmas, following a letter from the lawyers for the owners regarding unstable facades [...]