The boss of one of Australia's largest apartment developers, Mirvac, has called for an urgent lift in building standards, describing the sale of defective units as a "breach of faith".
Mirvac chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz on Thursday called for swift improvements to construction practices and better outcomes for consumers when things went wrong.
"Of particular urgency currently is the need to raise building standards in Australia," she said.
Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz said it was "unacceptable" families who bought or rented apartments in good faith could find themselves without a home to live in and then face years of legal battles and substantial costs to rectify buildings.
"It's an outrageous situation as people bought them in good faith and now they have to battle through the legal processes," she said. "This breach of faith is more than just a transaction gone wrong. These homes represent the life savings and dreams of Australians who have invested their futures in those homes."