Building Defects

Building Bonds: A New Regime of Pro-Active Building Defect Management

Divisions 3 (sections 207-211) of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (SSM Act 2015) introduces a building bond scheme for new multi-storey buildings (defined as three or more storeys) from 1 January 2018. The defect bond scheme applies to:

Building Defects Overview

Bannermans Lawyers’ construction team can provide tailored, commercial, effective legal advice to you in the management of building defect matters.

Protecting Your Asset

Often your home or investment property is one of your most important assets. Accordingly, you should consider consulting a legal practitioner who specialises in building and construction law for advice when determining the best course of action to take when:

Dob Yourself In Regarding Cladding

Amendments to the Regulation

On 4 December 2017, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment exhibited proposed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 to address issues with non-compliant aluminium cladding that had been used in the construction of the buildings in NSW.

4 Hot Defect Trends

The strata industry has a long history of dealing with defective building works and there are some usual suspects, such as water penetration and concrete cancer. However, in recent years, some new types of building defect have risen to prominence. In our experience, the following have become particularly problematic:

Building Products Safety Laws

BUILDING PRODUCTS SAFETY LAWS

The Building Products (Safety) Act 2017(“Act”) has been passed by the New South Wales government and is to commence on a date to be proclaimed. When it commences, it will give NSW Fair Trading substantial powers to identify and stop the use of potentially unsafe building products. The current focus is on cladding products, but the Act has much broader application.

No Duty Owed by Certifying Council

The New South Wales Court of Appeal recently handed down a long awaited reserved decision in the case of Ku-ring-gai Council v Chan.

Defect Bonds and Insolvency Issues

The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018 (the “Scheme”).

Request to the Minister to Extend Aluminium Cladding beyond the Two Year Warranty

SUBMISSION ON REFORMS AND THE HOME BUILDING ACT 1989 (NSW) TO ADDRESS EXTERNAL ALUMINUM CLADDING

NSW Building Owners to Cover Costs on Cladding Rectification, Values at Risk

Many owners of the 1000 NSW buildings identified with possible non-compliant cladding won't be able to claim against their developer or builder because the two-year window to make such claims will have passed, a property lawyer says.

Aluminium Cladding - Dealing with NSW Fair Trading's Proposed Legal Reform

In the wake of the devastation of the London Fire, NSW Fair Trading is finally taking action concerning non-compliant aluminium cladding.  Such action will include legal reform to give effect to:

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