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NSW apartment owners could face bills for millions of dollars to replace unsafe cladding

Apartment owners could face bills for millions of dollars if plans go ahead for a high-rise fire task force to identify buildings with potentially fatal aluminium cladding.

London tower block fire prompts urgent review of Sydney buildings

A HIGH-RISE safety “strike force” with the power to force building owners to replace dodgy cladding will be created as the state government moves to avert a ­London-style towering inferno.

London inferno 'could happen here in the blink of an eye'

The London tower block inferno is a tragedy that could happen anywhere in Australia at any time, veteran Australian building consultant Robert Hart has warned.

Leaky Buildings and Toxic Mould

Litigation over leaky buildings is on the rise. Be it leaky balconies, leaky planter boxes or leaks emanating from common property, a trend is emerging and it does not bode well. Leaky building claims are very costly as water damage and water penetration can be very destructive. Water invasiveness has little respect for the integrity of the as-built product.

Unprecedented class action launched against Victoria's building regulator

An unprecedented class action is being levelled against Victoria's building regulator for failing to protect dozens of home owners from shoddy and dangerous building work. Victims of a disastrous townhouse development claim they suffered financial losses and physical and psychiatric injuries as a result of the inaction of the Victorian Building Authority.

Five apartment developments that revolutionised the way Sydneysiders live

Sydney has had a long history with apartments, dating right back to The Albany, completed in Macquarie Street in 1905. But which developments were ground-breaking? We asked Dr Charles Pickett, architectural historian and co-author of Homes in the Sky, to help us come up with the top five.

ICAC concerned NSW planning reforms 'may give rise to corruption risks'

Proposed changes to NSW planning system do not go far enough to weed out avenues for corruption and potentially introduce new vulnerabilities, according to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

AGL launches court action against Jemena for late gas meter readings

When a Sydney unit block found its gas bills had increased more than 10,000 per cent - from $97 to $10,377 - in one year, the building's chairman described it as "the biggest scam in NSW".

Millionaires versus billionaire as apartment owners fight Crown skyscraper

Owners in a luxury Southbank apartment tower that will be overshadowed by Melbourne's highest skyscraper have launched a campaign against the government's special planning deal with Crown.

Woman wins four-year legal battle with owners corporation over gap in sliding doors

When strata owner Dr Anne Davis noticed rain blowing through a gap in the sliding doors of her home, she asked the owners corporation to repair them. They refused – and what followed was a titanic four-year legal battle, with multiple experts’ reports and two tribunal hearings, to force them to maintain the complex’s common property.

Perth father and son's Airbnb success

Despite a recent Airbnb commissioned report showing the average income for Australian hosts was under $5000, detailed analysis by analytics company Airdna showed the estimated revenue for a spare room in Perth was $11,604 in the year to March. Alan and James Moody are Perth’s most successful Airbnb hosts, according Airdna, with their Ascot mansion returning an estimated $92,143 a year.

VCAT president slams ability of developers to control bodies corporate as ‘an abuse’

Property developers are running roughshod over owners corporations to benefit their own interests and for their own financial gain, a government law review has been told. In some cases, developers have signed expensive contracts to extend decades and have strong armed themselves onto committees for life, one submission claims.

Ray Hadley axes major sponsor Dyldam, after subcontractors complain about company's collapse

For the past eight years property developer Dyldam, one of the largest apartment builders in the country, has been a major sponsor of Hadley's program. It is believed that Hadley's decision to end Dyldam's sponsorship followed a flood of complaints by angry subcontractors who have been stung by yet another "collapse" of a Dyldam-related company.

Wendy Harmer Interviews OCN re Short Term Letting

Hear Stephen Goddard, spokesman for the Owners Corporation Network, speak to Wendy Harmer about the NSW Parliamentary inquiry into short-term letting.

NSW government steps back from parliamentary report into Airbnb-type rentals

Airbnb watchers were left hanging on Wednesday when long-anticipated proposals for new legislation on short-term holiday lets were put on hold by the NSW government. Instead of making their position on short-term letting clear, the government stepped back from a parliamentary report and its recommendations that would have allowed a massive increase in short-term holiday letting in apartment blocks.