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Lend Lease to foot Royal Women’s Hospital recladding bill

CONSTRUCTION giant Lendlease is footing the bill to replace flammable cladding on Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, according to the Victorian Government.

NSW government launches new investigation into ‘sunset clawbacks’

A string of Fairfax Media reports about unscrupulous property developers tearing up off-the-plan sales contracts, only to re-sell apartments for a higher price, has sparked a NSW government investigation.

Shrinking units force Govt to review off-the-plan laws

The “shrinking” of units between purchase and move-in dates is among dodgy practices which have triggered a NSW government overhaul of conveyancing laws.

The review will also examine buyers losing their deposit on a home bought off the plan when a developer goes broke before it’s completed.

Industry fury as NSW government waters down building products legislation

Building industry stakeholders are outraged that the NSW government has covertly and substantially watered down legislation to reduce non-compliant and non-conforming building product use. And the fear is that this will be replicated around the nation.

Mornington Peninsula council wants to ban Airbnb guests from socialising outdoors after 10pm

A shire council on Victoria's coastline plans to introduce bylaws banning tourists staying in short-term accommodation from hanging out on outdoor decking, balconies and pools after 10:00pm.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council's proposed new laws would require home owners who rent their properties through platforms like Airbnb and Stayz to register their properties with council and agree to a code of conduct.

Strict New Rules Imposed on Airbnb Rentals in Paris

Airbnb says hosts in central Paris can only rent out their homes for up to 120 nights a year, a new cap introduced following the successful implementation of similar measures in London and Amsterdam.

Gaping loophole in new NSW strata rules exposed after resident ripped up her carpet

Apartment-living could descend into chaos if a gaping loophole just revealed in the new strata legislation isn’t plugged as a matter of urgency, it’s been claimed.

Airbnb landlord makes over $20 million per year renting 881 London properties

While some people use Airbnb to make a little extra money on the side, some landlords are using the platform to make millions of dollars.

According to data from AirDNA analysts, the highest-earning Airbnb landlord makes £11.9 million (over C$20 million) annually from renting out 881 London properties. The next highest Airbnb earner made approximately C$19 million from renting out 504 Bali properties during the same time period.

We’ll fight Queenstown regulation: Airbnb

The council’s policy analysis, contained in a report ahead of their next meeting, says the proposals aim to restrict the use of whole houses for visitor accommodation, to prioritise residential use. Short-term house and room bookings should be restricted to “appropriate locations” such as the “town centre, mixed use and high intensity residential zones”, and away from “low intensity” suburbs.

How Airbnb is pushing locals from New Orleans’ coolest neighborhoods: 'We're out of here'

“Before Airbnb, you had neighbors you could depend on. They looked out for you. If you went out of town, they’d get your mail, your paper,” Coatney said, standing on her front stoop on a typically stifling day in August, an anti-Airbnb signed taped to her window. “You just had more of a neighborly neighborhood.”

24 ways to improve the building industry

Better, more competent certifiers might help stem the tide of bad building practice. So might bringing an end to performance-based standards that allows some builders to “turn black into white”. And to stop “registered” training organisations that advertise to become a registered builder in six weeks for just $1600.

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.