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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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Posted May 03, 2016 Asbestos Dangers For Homeowners, Home Buyers And Renovators

The Australian Government’s “Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA)” released a report in February 2016 containing the results of a survey on asbestos awareness among residential home buyers and renovators. The ASEA report raised a number of issues as to the ongoing awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the potential for an increase in…

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Posted Mar 22, 2016 Design Liabilities

Who is a Designer? A designer for the purposes of construction is usually thought to be the person preparing and providing the plans or digital models of the structure of a building, or building component, which are relied on to construct the structure. This is commonly thought to be the architect or engineer. There is…

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