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27th Jul 2018

New laws for low-rate "Cladding Rectification" loans to be considered by Victorian parliament Owners Corporations could soon have access to low-interest loans for the removal of flammable cladding on their buildings. New laws were introduced to the state parliament on Thursday by Legislation Planning Minister Richard Wynne, which will allow for the creation of Cladding Rectification Agreements between building owners, local councils and lenders. The laws would allow lenders to offer low-rate loans ...

23rd Apr 2018

Identifying Defects When it comes to suspected building defects, it’s important to know all the facts. Defects are an emotional topic for property owners – however it is often a topic that is rife with misinformation, opinions and competing interests. This can make the process of defect rectification a painstakingly long one. The typical defect process can take over a year to resolve and cost 10s of thousands of dollars to finish. To ...

14th Mar 2018

Victorian Government Bans Flammable Cladding The Victorian government will ban the use of flammable building cladding on buildings, but has admitted it grossly overstated the amount of buildings at risk from their cladding. The government established a Cladding Taskforce in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017. Originally, it was reported that 1369 structures in Victoria were thought to be at risk, however 608 of those have ...

24th Jan 2018

  Victoria won't follow NSW lead on apartment defects bond The Victorian government is unlikely to force developers to put money aside for the rectification of building defects. A report in The Age this week says the Victorian government will not follow the example set by the New South Wales government. In NSW, developers are no forced to lodge a bond with the state’s consumer authority which is held to help lot owners ...

14th Dec 2017

Cladding: A new cause for concern for Owners Corporations The widespread use of non-compliant and flammable cladding has become a central focus for owners corporations, lot owners, fire authorities and governments alike after recent fires in Melbourne and – more tragically – London. The Lacrosse Towers fire in Docklands in 2014 prompted a city-wide audit of buildings while the disastrous fire at Grenfell Towers in London in June 2017 was responsible for at ...

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