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Ross Taylor provides a vital perspective on building defects (‘‘Developers cutting costs cause defects’’, December 27). However, the misery and expense experienced by many new apartment owners must not be overlooked. All too often they find themselves facing huge additional costs they can’t afford. Their quality of life is degraded for far too long while the issues of ‘‘who pays’’ and implementing repairs are dealt with. It’s time for government action to address the issues raised by Taylor. - Philip Gall, Redfern (chairman, Owners Corporation Network)