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Home Building Act

Posted Dec 07, 2016 Coming up next year…
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Next year is a big year for changes in legislative regulation in the building and construction industry. Upcoming changes will affect: Security of Payment Legislation; Home Warranty Insurance Legislation; Certification; The Certifiers Role; Medium Density Planning and Development; and Bonds and inspections in new strata scheme buildings. All the changes have potential to significantly affect […]

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Posted Nov 22, 2016 Private Home Warranty Insurer Announces Entry into the Market
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Hot on the heels of the New South Wales Government announcement on 3 November 2016 that the home warranty insurance scheme in New South Wales will be reformed, a private insurer has announced it will return to the market to offer a home warranty insurance product to builders. At present the NSW government insurer, iCare, […]

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Posted Nov 10, 2016 Home Building Compensation Reform
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On 3 November 2016 the New South Wales government issued a media release announcing an overhaul of the New South Wales Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF). HBCF is a mandatory insurance product which builders are required to take out for residential building work over $20,000.00. The insurance provides a safety net for home owners in […]

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Posted Oct 19, 2016 Sub-Contractors’ Liabilities Under the Home Building Act
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A recent decision in the matter of Macquarie Grove Homes Pty Ltd (“Macquarie”) v Tony Alott and Glenn Alott  trading as T&G Bricklaying (“T&G”), by the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal Appeals Panel (“Panel”) confirmed that the statutory warranties implied under the provisions of Section 18B of the Home Building Act 1989 (the “Act”) […]

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Posted May 16, 2016 Land Owners Liability for Defective Building Work in Developments

In this age of booming property prices, many home owners are being approached by developers to enter into joint ventures to develop their land in exchange for one or more of the dwellings in a multi-dwelling residential project. While this may provide a financial windfall for many home owners, it can open the door for […]

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