Forum: Fight the builder or turn an blind eye?


There’s a doubly time-sensitive issue in one of our forum questions this week.

An owner’s corp has forced their builder to fix some waterproofing issues but in testing the repairs, the remediating builder has found new defects.

Our Flatchatter is concerned that this might be a never-ending process which, if it isn’t properly dealt with, could affect the values of the properties if they don’t resolve it.

The block is five years old so it is in the final year of its statutory warranties period.  Are flaws in waterproofing major defects and claimable within six years, he asks?

And would it be better just to let it lie, rather than have a whole smorgasbord of defects recorded in the strata files for future purchasers to see?

Interestingly, the timing on that issue will be critical as the NSW government is working on laws to compel strata owners, collectively, to fix the defects in their buildings.

And it won’t be by merely telling them it’s their responsibility (which it is anyway) but by Fair Trading taking owners corps to NCAT to force them to get the work done, at their own expense, if need be.

That’s HERE.

Elsewhere on the Forum

  • Bullying owner pesters strata manager and has enough votes to call an EGM whenever he doesn’t get his way. That’s HERE.
  • What does “voices” in the list of sub-forums mean?  That’s HERE.
  • The powers and perils of a one-man committee.  That’s HERE.
  • What are the different strata tiers in Victoria?  That’s HERE.

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