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Construction issues resolution in Sydney - Part 14

It's 37 days (1.25 months) past since the builder refused to finish the defective work on 28/10. Fair Trading inspector spent three weeks calling to the builder trying to get them back to fix the issue. All that time the bathroom/shower couldn't be used midst 30+ degree heat.

The builder started blaming the owner that it's the owner's fault that the work is unfinished.
However all the evidence was against the builder. They also said they are not coming back and that other company should fix it.

In the meantime the owner and strata decided to organise for other company to finish the work and reported that to the Fair Trading inspector. In a couple of days the builder called to strata manager and said they can come and finish the job!

Long story short the builder came out on 21/11 and 22/11 and almost completed the work, but left some sealing unfinished and the floorboards removed.
They also left the site without letting the owner know. The owner needed to take a day off work to monitor the work being done. Otherwise it would have been worse.

The owner notified the strata and Fair Trading (with photos) that the work wasn't completed. On the 26th the builder sent and email that this is all nonsense and that the owner swore at the tradesmen and "gave them hard time" when they were on site.
So instead of doing the proper job they send emails that the owner is bad. :)

Yesterday 04/12 Megasealed specialist came to finish the sealing and did a great job. The account will be forwarded to the builder to settle. Will see how that goes. At least the bathroom/shower can be used now! It took almost 3 years to fix the issue:

- December 2011 reported
- April 2013 Fair Trading rectification order
- April 2014 tribunal order
- 09/10 - 04/12 (two months) during the complete bathroom demolishing and repair plus around a week in summary during the "testing" period the bathroom/shower couldn't be used.

However one problem seems like sorted out.

Other outstanding issues are on the way - waterproofing issues at the balcony. The builder said they will send somebody to test again. They did it in May 2012 and April 2013 also. Get more popcorn ready?

Stay tuned.

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