17 APRIL 2019

Owners, tenants and industry lobby grops are calling for the NSW government to step up efforts to resolve tenancy chaos at Sydney’s troubled Opal Tower. The government, which also owns more than 40 apartments in the tower, should take a bigger lead in clarifying tenancy issues both as a stakeholder and as a statutory body instead of relying on Fair Trading NSW and the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal, the Property Owners’ Association of NSW president John Gilmovich said. The Owners Corporation Network also supports more leadership from the NSW government.  “The human miser defects cause can’t be overstated,” executive director (sic) Karen Stiles said. “Is it unreasonable to expect the relevant government departments to provide [more] support, particularly in such a high profile case?  After all, it’s the lack of regulation and enforcement that allows defects to occur in the first place.”

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Su-Lin Tan