New Combustible Cladding Laws Introduced after Government Crack Down

New Combustible Cladding Laws Introduced On the 22nd October 2018, new laws commence. These laws are the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2018 and State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Exempt Development – Cladding and Decorative Work) 2018. Owners of certain buildings with external combustible cladding will now be required to register…

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Ask Premium Strata – Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation Question: One of the lot owners in our strata complex requires a major bathroom renovation and is expecting the owners to pay for it – is this correct? Answer: It depends on why the owner requires a major bathroom renovation. Presumably, it is because there is some defect in the common property slab…

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NSW: Q&A Damage caused by tree roots from a neighbour

  Question: One of our lot owners has experienced damage caused by tree roots from a neighbour. Who is responsible for the cost of the remedial works to the adjoining property, the strata neighbour or the strata body? Answer: What is within the lot owner’s boundary is the responsibility of that individual owner. However, it…

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NSW Strata Buildings with Aluminium Cladding – Read this

In the wake of the devastation of the London Fire, NSW Fair Trading is taking action concerning non-compliant aluminium cladding. Such action will include legal reform to give effect to: Having a specialist unit conduct an audit with a view to issuing orders against owners of buildings to remove non-compliant aluminium cladding materials. Requiring annual…

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NSW Government proposes 2% defects bond

As part of its update of various strata laws, the NSW Government is proposing a 2 per cent defects bond on all new strata buildings, as a way to protect owners and to guarantee that building defects which might appear in the first two years, can be re-mediated. This new measure is expected to be…

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Information on Strata Mediation and Hearing?

The following article was written by Turnbull Bowles Lawyers. It explains the benefits of a Mediation compared to going to Hearing in relation to a building defects claim. It will help you evaluate what is the most suitable step for your building. If a Mediation does not take place between the parties or a Mediation is unsuccessful…

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Strata survey lists building defects as main concern

A national survey on strata-titled property conducted by Griffith University (QLD) shows, perhaps unsurprising, that surveyed unit owners named building defects as their No. 1 challenge. The other mains issues identified by apartment owners included poor strata title management and low-quality executive committees of owners corporations or body corporates. We at Premium Strata can assist you with all these…

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Four weeks left to make building defects claims

You may be aware of the imminent changes to NSW Strata Legislation. As of 1 December 2014 the new strata laws will come into effect. Especially owners in buildings between 2 and 6 years old with building defect issues are recommended to speak to a strata lawyer quickly. The new laws will apply retrospectively, and will…

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NSW Strata Reform Position Paper Released

You may be aware that the NSW Government is proposing sweeping changes to the existing Strata Laws. The State Government has now released a so-called position-paper in which they outline their proposed changes. This law reform is aimed at protecting residents and at the same time simplify certain processes. This becomes increasingly important in NSW…

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