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Construction issues resolution in Sydney - Part 15

This post is a continuation of the long process that started in December 2011 and is still going. Here’s the link to the whole story:

An idea of this publication is to draw attention of people who are interested or involved in the building industry, property market, construction, property development and property management and ownership. That should help to raise awareness and to ignite conversations with relevant people in law making, business and other communities who could take this information to account when they dealing with relevant matters and think about quality of the work and of research and education.

This matter is about building defects that are covered by statutory warranty, but in reality are covered by rather a joke. Well to be fair to all parties some minor defects (that are similar to paint a crack or to replace broken toilet paper roll holder) were brilliantly rectified by the responsible party. But true defects that are really hard to fix are taking enormous effort from the customers to beg responsible companies and people to rectify as it should be.

Since the previous event there was a lodgement of the second application to NCAT (NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal) for the defects not rectified by the builder.

In between those events strata Owners Corporation spent time trying to shift responsibility from strata (all owners) to individual unit owners where defects were most difficult to rectify and therefore require more resources to fix. Builders do exactly the same.

However 19th May 2015 there was the Tribunal hearing (second in the whole process) where the senior member ordered all parties to get legal representatives and prepare necessary documentation for the complaint and defence with the next hearing scheduled around August 2015. Also he requested to inspect the defect to make a determination as per the regulations and guidelines of NCAT.

There have been at least 3 major independent inspections already:

- By the independent specialist in 2012
- By Department of Fair Trading – one in 2013 and another in 2014 stating the defects

The builder changed their company name already.

In the meantime the major waterproofing and bathroom defects are not resolved and keep damaging owner’s property and common property.

Stay tuned for further updates! :)


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How strata owners corporation "solves" problems or Construction issues resolution in Sydney - Part 16

Almost 8 months passed from the time of previous post and here's how the owners corporations activities looked like to "resolve" the defects/problems:

1. Independent inspection report was ordered and completed 1st June 2015. The report confirmed the defects that were known to owners corporation already. It should be noted that in the period between December 2014 and June 2015 the only attempts by owners corporation to resolve the issues were to convince the lot owner that it's the owner's personal responsibility.

Therefore half a year gone with a couple of meetings only, because people were "on holidays", "busy" etc.

2. Between 3rd July 2015 and end of July 2015 the strata manager spent "contacting the builders for quotes". Until owner called the strata manager nothing have happend.

3. By the end of August 2015 all quotes were in place. The meeting of all owners was set up for the 7th October! Because as usual "holidays",…