10 April 2021 A Sydney woman has been told there is nothing the NSW Building Commissioner can do to help recover her life savings after she bought into a 300-apartment tower that had alleged major defects, despite him reportedly saying an investigation is “likely” to uphold her concerns. It comes as the Herald can reveal a sharp decline in fines being handed out to private certifiers for signing off on dodgy [...]
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30 MARCH 2021 OCN welcomes the SCA (NSW) application to establish a Professional Standards Scheme. Such a scheme will set a new benchmark of industry education, conduct, and business practices. > Download PDF
30 MARCH 2021 If there was any doubt which side of the great strata divide Fair Trading is on – between those who make money from Real Estate and those who live in it – it was clarified last week in an announcement from Better Regulation, trumpeting the creation of a Real Estate Expert panel. “The NSW Government has established a panel of real estate professionals to be a voice to [...]
Only a small fraction of buildings with flammable cladding have been fixed, and owners are feeling the strainSonya Acton2021-03-23T12:30:28+11:00
22 MARCH 2021 Australia has more than 3,400 buildings with flammable cladding. In Victoria alone, at least 71 of these buildings have been classified as “extreme risk” and another 368 as “high risk”. Despite the tragic evidence of the risks of cladding fires, rectification work had been completed on only 11 of these buildings by February 2021. The estimated cost of making these buildings safe is in the billions. State governments [...]
20 MARCH 2021 A Sydney apartment buyer stands to lose her life savings or be forced to buy into a 300-unit development that she has been warned contains major defects. Maryam Behrouz’s pursuit of the great Australian dream has become “a nightmare” after being told she must settle the $625,500 purchase in Kellyville because the building has been ticked off by a private certifier. When Ms Behrouz tracked down the certifier’s [...]
15 MARCH 2021 The developer of a 16-storey apartment tower in western Sydney, which has been singled out by NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler as one of the worst he has inspected, has been handed orders forcing it to fix serious defects. The tower at 93 Auburn Road in Auburn has joined a growing list of apartment buildings to have been slapped with orders in recent weeks as the commissioner steps up [...]
15 MARCH 2021 Serious defects continue to damage the reputation and value of many Sydney apartment towers. Channel 7 News > Watch Clip Here
9 MARCH 2021 - OCN Statement On 1 March 2021, NCAT senior member R C Titterton OAM handed down a decision in the matter of McGregor v The Owners – Strata Plan Nº 74896. The building in which Mr McGregor and his partner live is part of a complex in Camperdown where each of the individual stratas is required to comply with the by-laws of the Community Management Statement for [...]
February 2021 To date, the NSW Government has not acknowledged the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to residents in apartment buildings. The issues related to apartment buildings have gone under the radar as health authorities have had to focus on higher risk locations such as nursing homes, and on border control and the national Hotel Quarantine Program (HQP). The HQP has been Australia’s primary defense against the COVID-19 pandemic and has [...]
FEBRUARY 2021 OCN wrote to the NSW Health Minister, outlining concerns that security guards working at quarantine hotels were also working on high-rise apartment buildings, mixing with residents. > Download letter (pdf)