OCN in the Media2022-03-29T12:48:01+11:00
26August, 2021

Shonky block shock – Defects in a third of apartments

28 August 2021 STRESSED unit owners are reportedly being driven to the brink of suicide by home repair bills reaching up to $50,000, with more than a third of apartments built in NSW in the past six years being listed as having “a serious defect of some kind”. Lachlan Leeming Daily Telegraph Read full article here

21August, 2021

Strata owners slam NSW Health ‘confused mess’

21 August 2021 With yet another “tightening” of lockdown restrictions for greater Sydney, and once again the specific needs of apartment residents being ignored, the peak group for apartment owners in NSW has come out swinging. The Owners Corporation Network (OCN) has accused the NSW Health depart of creating a “confused mess” by trying to treat 40-storey high apartment blocks the same as stand-alone houses, and explaining that strata committees [...]

16August, 2021

Why lockdown really stinks for Sydney apartment owners

16 August 2021 Increasing lockdowns across Sydney have created a problem for apartment residents and the cleaning companies servicing them – there are not enough workers to meet their buildings’ daily waste and sanitation needs. Havencab has 400 workers in apartment buildings in central Sydney including the 68-level GreenlandCentreonBathurstStreet. But, not designated as authorised workers, 120 were grounded in lockdowns of the south-western suburbs and a further 80 with last [...]

15August, 2021

‘Fork in the road’: Chant’s grim warning for NSW

15 August 2021 NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has begged people to stop visiting family and friends as hundreds of extra police begin patrolling streets from Monday in an unprecedented effort to slow rising COVID-19 case numbers. Dr Chant delivered one of her most sober messages of the pandemic on Sunday as NSW recorded 415 new cases, starkly warning: “I cannot describe my concern level if we do not [...]

29July, 2021

New iCIRT tool will rate home builders and developers

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 [...]

21July, 2021

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

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 [...]

3July, 2021

Construction watchdog: Body corporates are not reporting known defects

3 July 2021 The NSW construction watchdog has major concerns that body corporates are underreporting serious defects in high-rise apartment buildings to government officials charged with cleaning up the construction industry and restoring public confidence. A survey of more than 500 buildings in NSW built in the past six years found that 36 per cent had serious defects. Of those with defects, just 17 per cent of the buildings had [...]

28June, 2021

‘Pointless engagement’: Real estate agents slam minister, quit reform body in dismay

28 June 2021 The peak body for real estate agents in NSW has quit an expert panel advising the government on the industry as a stoush between the minister and agents escalates. Real Estate Institute of NSW chief executive Tim McKibbin says the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, has created a panel for “pointless engagement” as a “ruse” for consumer protection. Nigel Gladstone Sydney Morning Herald > [...]

27June, 2021

Lockdown on Elan, one of Sydney’s biggest apartment towers, eased after no more positive Covid cases

27 June 2021 The lockdown on a major Sydney apartment tower has been eased after a mass testing of almost the entire population of the block unearthed no more positive COVID-19 cases. Now the 500-plus residents of the 40-storey Kings Cross building Elan are back under the same stay-at-home orders as the rest of Greater Sydney, with just the one infected person and five other close contacts all self-isolating. “Pretty [...]

25June, 2021

Apartment building owners and managers urge plans for dealing with COVID-19

25 June 2021 Apartment buildings have the capacity to be super-spreaders of COVID-19 “like vertical cruise ships”, but the state government has completely ignored the potentially catastrophic dangers, those in the sector claim. With one of Sydney’s biggest apartment towers now in lockdown after a resident tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant, angry apartment owners and professional managers have accused the authorities of negligence. “We’ve got shared airconditioning [...]

16June, 2021

Airbnb is eating the neighbourhood

16 June 2021 Last month the NSW “Airbnb Policy” was quietly gazetted by the Minister for Planning, Mr Robert Stokes MP. This is a major planning reform that permits all housing to be used for short stay tourism. It takes some chutzpah to give in to tourist Platforms in the middle of pandemic with housing prices soaring. There has long been holiday letting along the coast, and some corporate lets [...]

5June, 2021

Heavy hitters line up for Strata Matters seminar

5 June 2021 Efforts to curb dodgy developers and their farcical phoenixing frauds have been the focus of a lot of media coverage of late, but what does it all mean? Are the efforts by the New South Wales government to implement substantial reforms in the apartment development industry actually making a difference? Are they likely to encourage potential buyers or do the many small victories simply remind us that [...]

1June, 2021

Owners Question East End Contract

June 2021 A group of owners in the new East End redevelopment has questioned how a company which shares a director with developer Iris Capital was awarded a lucrative long-term building management contract shortly before residents settled on the properties and moved in. Michael Parris Newcastle Herald Link page 1 of article Link page 2 of article Link to original article – https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7271639/apartment-owners-question-25m-east-end-management-contract/?src=rss  

21May, 2021

A young family’s dilemma: Is a house really better for raising kids than an apartment?

21 May 2021 As more young couples are deciding to raise their kids in apartments, we ask the age old question of whether having a quarter acre block house is really necessary to raise children. .. It’s the mindset that’s the most important element, believes Phillipa Dobbin, director of the apartment owners peak body, the Owners Corporation Network. “Being closer to amenities and transport hubs, having shared facilities and a [...]

5May, 2021

Mascot owners’ best hope is for $40m firesale

5 May 2021 Apartment owners in Sydney’s Mascot Towers will vote this month on a $40 million proposal to sell their troubled apartment tower as a redevelopment site, with many resigned to losing up to 80 per cent on their property as the most realistic way to end their two-year nightmare. Apartment advocacy group Owners Corporation Network says a review of NSW strata laws under way should reduce the scope [...]

25April, 2021

Dodgy Home Builders – Seven News

25 April 2021 As if they weren't expensive enough, new Sydney home prices are being pushed up by sky rocketing insurance claims that are gouging taxpayers for more than $700 million. Claims have surged for defective work by dodgy builders - some who've since disappeared.  OCN's Executive Officer, Karen Stiles, was interviewed for this news article. Seven News > View recording here

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