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    Jimmy-T
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    On Sunday, February 10,   NSW Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean announced a plan for a tightening of building regulations, clearly in a response to the Opal Tower and cladding scandals.
    Confidence in the building industry is crumbling – as is electoral support for the NSW Liberal Coalition. It would be reasonable to assume that these proposed changes in the law …
    https://www.flat-chat.com.au/kean-announces-tighter-laws-for-apartment-builders/

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    Jimmy-T
    Jimmy-T
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    This is now being discussed in the Flat Chat Forum

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    Gow
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    This is good as a start but doesn’t go far enough.
    We need compulsory Home Warranty Insurance re instated for apartment buildings higher than 3 storeys.
    It is ludicrous that this insurance is compulsory for single houses and apartment buildings up to 3 storeys but not for apartment buildings higher than 3 storeys.

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    Daisy55
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    Even if this went though, it is only for NSW. It does not cover Victoria.
    It should also ask that builders comply with conditions of building permit.
    A builder can get a Certificate of Occupancy and then lease back to himself, for his own use, common property.
    This might include parts of a corridor lined with cupboards he Leases, or even a common property goods lift in a mixed-use development.
    Who is going to monitor compliance everywhere?

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    struggler
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    So the findings say they will ensure that builder, engineers and designers of high rise apartment buildings will have to be registered. And that the structure follows building codes.  So up till now they weren’t? So I could have rocked up with a sketch of a building, say it’s all good and off we go?

    If you own your own torrens title home and hire someone to do work and they are not qualified in their profession they can be fined. If you as a home owner of your own place do not do due diligience and check for the licence of a tradses person you have engaged to carry out work you may not be able to make any claim against any inferior work.

    But you buy off the plan. In a high rise apartment block. You do not have the input of who builds, designs or checks. You in good faith believe that those who have handed you a contract have done all the checks. Done their due diligence. Then you move into your brand new apartment and there are faults. But no body knows whose fault it is. How could this happen? With tonnes of steel and concrete above peoples heads? But now they think that there should be compliance?

    If a torrens title home owner wants to build onto their property, they have to just thru hoops to ensure and prove compliance. Why not those who build strata?

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