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Posted Sep 14, 2016 New Complaints Register and Impact on Building Industry
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In late August 2016, the New South Wales Fair Trading published its first Complaint Register based on data from the month of July 2016. The Register The Complaints Register provides information about businesses that are subject to 10 or more complaints to the NSW Fair Trading in a calendar month and it will continue to…

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Posted Aug 10, 2016 PODCAST: Builders License Applications in the ACT and NSW
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Our latest podcast episode was recorded live in Canberra on 28 July: “Builders License Applications in the ACT and NSW” presented by Kelvin Keane.

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Posted Aug 10, 2016 Tribunal Considers: What is a Structural Defect?

In the matter of Wesfarmers General Insurance v Jameson [2016] NSWCATAP 136 (23 June 2016 (“Wesfarmers”) the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Appeals Panel, recently considered the meaning of a “structural defect” and “structural element” for the purposes of the Home Building Act 1989 (“Act”) and the Home Building Regulation 2004 (“Regulation”).  The definition…

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Posted Jul 19, 2016 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CHANGES TO THE STRATA LEGISLATION

The New South Wales Finance and Innovation Department issued a notice on 8 July 2016 advising the public that the reforms to the strata scheme legislation will come into force on 30 November 2016. The new Strata Scheme Management Act and Strata Scheme Development Act 2015 will come into effect from 30 November 2016, however the…

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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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