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Replacement cladding fails fire safety test

A popular cladding brand failed a safety test this week - despite being seen as so fire-safe that it is permitted on tall buildings without any extra tests, Newsnight has learned.
BBC News
Chris Cook

Is your apartment block ready for electric cars, or are you in for a shock?

You've probably seen them in your car park – power points on the odd pillar or wall and a cable snaking off towards the bonnet of a car, where it's attached to a trickle charger for the vehicle's battery.
Australian Financial Review
Jimmy Thomson

Replacement cladding fails fire safety test

A popular cladding brand failed a safety test this week - despite being seen as so fire-safe that it is permitted on tall buildings without any extra tests, Newsnight has learned. Cladding removed for failing tests may be being replaced by this brand, which has now failed the same test. 
BBC News
Chris Cook

New Laws to Protect Off-The-Plan Buyers

NSW home buyers who purchase off-the-plan will be able to terminate contracts or claim compensation if they're materially impacted by changes made to their properties, under proposed changes announced by the state government. Property Minister Victor Dominello on Saturday announced the reforms aimed at creating stronger protections for off-the-plan buyers.  "Buying off-the-plan has become increasingly popular. But there are risks involved, and buyers can't just rely on lavish display centres and glossy brochures," Mr Dominello said in a media release.
News.com
Jodie Stephens

NSW property buyers to get greater protection for off-the-plan purchases under proposed laws

Under new laws to be introduced to state parliament later this year, buyers will be given a copy of the proposed plan before contracts are signed, they will be able to cancel a contract or claim compensation if material changes are made and the cooling off period will be extended to 10 business days.  Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said developers would have to tell the purchaser things when things had changed. "If there is a material alteration, the purchaser then has remedy," Mr Dominello said. The Owners Corporation Network supports the reforms, saying right now buyers are not protected. "If someone purchases a million-dollar apartment, they have fewer protections currently than someone who purchases a $10 toaster," executive officer Karen Stiles said.
ABC News
Lily Mayers

Higher density and diversity: apartments are Australia at its most multicultural

Increasing numbers of city dwellers live in apartments. This is particularly the case for migrants. And that makes apartment buildings important hubs of multiculturalism in our cities.
The Conversation
Christina Ho Edgar Liu and Hazel Easthope

I’m the angry note lady

IS IT OK for someone to leave their personal belongings outside their apartment? Bikes, shoes, sometimes even garbage (which is en route to the bin) in the corridor of an apartment building?
News.com.au
Kristen Henry

Proposed Legislation Falls Short of Global Standards

The advent of 'home sharing' websites has stirred debate among communities property owners and politicians. The rise of short-term letting highlights the need for a well-regulated sector so that adverse environmental and social impacts aer minimised.  The recently proposed short -term letting regulations by the NSW Government are a good start but fall well short of global standards.
CBRE Viewpoint
Danny Lee

Melbourne development lures buyers with promise of Tesla car-share

Malaysian-based developer EcoWorld is offering potential residents of its Yarra One apartment development exclusive access to a Tesla car share scheme – part of a growing number of green marketing strategies in the apartment sector, particularly in Melbourne.
The Fifth Estate
Cameron Jewell

Airbnb: ‘It’s a cash machine. It’s magical. You are paid to go on holiday.'

Jean-Louis Missika, Paris’s deputy mayor, sees these companies as global operators that destabilise local areas. One day, when he was shopping at a market in St Germain, he noticed how many of the neighbourhood shops had been replaced by restaurants. A shopkeeper told him: “There are fewer locals, and more tourists.” Missika says: “A city centre needs a certain minimum of residents. It’s said that 25 per cent of flats on the Ile St Louis [in central Paris] are devoted to tourist rental.”
Financial Times

Boston’s City Council Just Passed an Overhaul of Airbnb

It’s the start of a new era for Airbnb in Boston. Boston’s City Council on Wednesday voted 11-2 to adopt new rules for short-term rentals, a policy change that would outlaw many of the units currently listed on the popular app and, in theory, free up thousands of units of housing in the city now used exclusively by visitors. 
Boston Magazine
Spencer Buell

Airbnb just made it tougher for New Orleans to enforce its short-term rental rules

Airbnb has removed New Orleans' pass-through registration system from its website, a system seen as an important enforcement tool for city inspectors who use the tool to identify properties in violation of city regulations.
The Times-Picayune
Kevin Litten