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ARCHITECTS SCRAMBLE TO AUDIT THEIR PROJECTS AS INSURERS QUERY CLADDING

Design practices are combing through project records as far back as 15 years to find out whether any of the external cladding products they specified on buildings could fail to meet building code fire safety requirements and create a professional indemnity liability.

Lacrosse cladding case: Apartment owners caught in 'painful' legal minefield

"Effectively we have no regulation. Combine that with no penalties and no punishment the message for all of those in the building industry is 'you can do what you like' " says Anne Paten from the Victorian Building Action Group.

High rise owners face bill for replacing dangerous cladding

Apartment owners in buildings taller than three storeys will have to pay to replace dangerous cladding themselves because of a legal loophole that means neither builders nor insurers are not liable.

New building laws won't stop dodgy developers cutting corners

It is common for large-scale apartments of 100 units or more to have defects costing $5 million to $15 million to fix. Many strata owners end up paying for the repairs themselves after protracted efforts to get the developer, architect, engineer or builder to fess up.

Cladding concerns grow: Westpac auditing new, current projects for compliance

Westpac, the first bank to publicly acknowledge concerns over non-compliant cladding of the sort involved in London's Grenfell Tower fire, is conducting an audit of all new and current building projects it is funding to make sure they comply with the building code.

‘Sunset clawback’ court case on Short Lane Apartments in Surry Hills ends in confidential cash payment

A landmark court case under new “sunset clawback” laws designed to prevent new apartment developers unfairly tearing up sales contracts so they can make more money on delayed property sales has ended in a financial settlement.

Federal government washing its hands of cladding issue: Strata body

The leading strata management industry body has urged the federal government to spell out its stance on fixing the flammable cladding on buildings as it fears apartment owners could be on their own on fixing this issue which is likely to cost a huge amount of money.

Buildings with non-compliant cladding may not get insurance, industry warns

Buildings with highly flammable non-compliant cladding may not be covered by insurance companies, the industry's peak body has warned as it calls for a national overhaul of construction regulations.

Wolli Creek crane secured as residents wait to return home

Close to two hundred residents have been forced to spend the night elsewhere, after a crane collapsed into an apartment complex in Wolli Creek in Sydney's south. Another 300 residents from neighbouring apartment buildings were allowed to return home after the crane was declared stable.

Australian authorities ‘have known about dangers of flammable cladding for two decades’

Every square metre of flammable cladding covering tens of thousands of Australian apartment buildings contains the equivalent of five litres of petrol, an investigation by ABC TV program Four Corners revealed on Monday night.

Combustible: The dangerous legacy of failed regulation in the building industry

Across Australia, governments, councils and the building industry are grappling with a problem so large, it almost defies belief.

Apartment Residents Have a Say

OUR Strata Community, Our Choice spokesperson Stephen Goddard said apartment residents needed to make their voices heard on the Options Paper.

State government seeking feedback on regulation of short-term accommodation industry

The NSW Government’s Short-Term Holiday Letting Options Paper details a range of potential rules to regulate short-stay operators, including giving apartment owners the right to decide on if they’re allowed in their blocks.

Large commercial players are dominating the short-term rental market in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

Contrary to the Airbnb narrative that the online booking service is about regular people sharing their homes to help pay the mortgage, there has been disproportionately large growth of full-time, entire-home listings that belong to hosts with multiple Airbnb properties, according to a copy of a draft report prepared by the McGill University School of Urban Planning.