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 [...]
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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)
24 FEBRUARY 2021 The new building commissioner appointed to raise standards in NSW’s construction industry – and his willingness to use his unprecedented legal powers to do so – is having a major impact on the standard of projects around the state. Six months on from being given the right to enter and inspect construction sites, issue rectification and stop-work orders, and prevent settlement on sub-standard properties, industry watchers say David [...]
18 FEBRUARY 2021 Developers have been slapped with orders to fix serious defects in apartment buildings and townhouses, as the NSW Building Commissioner signals he will not hesitate using his strongest powers to stamp out shoddy work in the construction industry. Almost six months after his powers came into force, commissioner David Chandler has issued prohibition orders in the past week to developers of four buildings in Sydney and Forster, north [...]
Airbnb should be taken down while Ireland is in level 5 restrictions because it is “running amok” by facilitating blatant breaches, including parties and binge drinking in rural areas, a senator has claimed. Cork senator Tim Lombard called on the Government to introduce legislation aimed at restricting Airbnb from renting out properties across the country. He cited a recent example in Kinsale that saw seven people from seven households found in [...]
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 [...]