Residents of an Alexandria apartment block are at a "public risk" after a private certifier illegally allowed them to move into a building that the City of Sydney was so concerned about it sought demolition orders.
In a fresh chapter to Sydney’s unfolding building standards crisis, the Herald can reveal that the developer failed to to carry out "extensive construction work" to make the building compliant as ordered by the Land and Environment Court in 2017.
As a result, the council is now left considering legal action against the owners corporation, in a bid to resolve what the court has branded a "completely unsatisfactory state of affairs".
The saga over the "Joshua" building, at 33-49 Euston Road, Alexandria, has emerged as concerns continue to intensify over building standards across Sydney.
A neighbouring resident involved in lobbying council over the development, Stefan Jarnason, described the issue as "morally black and white". "It would be outrageous if the developer is able to get away with not rectifying it," Mr Jarnason said. "It shouldn’t be the owners corporation, the people who’ve bought off the plan in good faith."
Carrie Fellner is an investigative reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.