SYDNEY’s APARTMENT CRISIS MUSHROOMS AS FAULTS SPREAD

A large crack on a wall in a walkway at the complex.

PHOTO: Several cracks are visible on the facade of the Elara complex. (ABC News: James Fettes)

Report from the ‘Unconventional Economist’ and Commentators share links to articles about defective apartments across Australia, and enormous bills for Owners!

Sydney’s apartment crisis mushrooms as faults spread Report

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Property

July 25, 2019 | 37 comments

Sydney’s apartment crisis continues to deepen following a series of high profile structural faults reported across major complexes.

Residents of faulty apartment blocks have inundated a NSW parliamentary inquiry with submissions before it investigates construction standards in August. From The SMH:

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Human waste flowing down apartment hallways and bubbling up through shower drains, wall cracks stuffed with newspaper, crumbling building facades and balconies that need propping up.

Residents of faulty unit blocks have seized an opportunity to raise concerns about apartment building defects before a NSW parliamentary inquiry scrutinises construction standards in August…

Owners of apartments in [one] block had at one stage been quoted $1.1 million, spread across 48 residential lots, to fix building problems.
“As is common, the developer had liquidated the company and phoenixed so that there was no restitution,” the submission said…

The majority of these defects related to poor or non-existent water proofing, [one] submission said, and included balcony weep holes that had been covered up, causing units to flood…

“Government needs to do its job. As more people are forced to live in apartments, this must be addressed to stave off future problems and developers creating the slums of tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, residents of the “Joshua” apartment block in Alexandria are facing legal action after a private certifier illegally allowed them to move into the building despite the developer failing to carry out “extensive construction work” to make it safe. Also from The SMH:

Of the greatest concern were fire safety defects that meant the building was “not compliant” with the Building Code of Australia.

The council also complained that cladding and vertical screens had not been installed on the facade, the fourth storey had not been stepped back as agreed, windows had been reconfigured and there had been changes to a balustrade and the grade of a driveway.

The council refused to issue the developer, GCorp Property Pty Ltd, with a building certificate…

“The city … is considering further action, including issuing a notice of intention to demolish and to rebuild the building in accordance with the conditions of consent,” lord mayor Clover Moore wrote in a letter to residents in September 2015…

The court heard GCorp property was a “special purpose vehicle” created specifically for the Alexandria project and “does not have the means by which to finance the outstanding works.”

To date, we know of major faults across five developments, namely:

  • The newly built 392-apartment Opal Tower at Sydney’s Olympic Park;
  • The 12 year-old, 10-storey high Mascot Tower;
  • The 3 year-old residential apartment complex in Campsie;
  • The Sugar Cube development in Erskineville; and
  • The Lofts apartments in Zetland.

We are likely seeing the very tip of a gigantic iceberg in the Australian development industry, given the massive boom in high-rise construction across Australia’s major cities over the past decade:

How bad the situation gets, and how many billions of dollars it costs to rectify, is anybody’s guess. And this comes on top of the additional billions required to replace flammable cladding.

It’s an issue that could plague Australia for a generation as the shoddy dog boxes crumble one by one. 

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/07/sydneys-apartment-crisis-mushrooms-faults-spread/

CAAN: From the comments we share the links concerning other bad developments!

‘They’ve just puts us on the street …. ‘

Sewage throughout Meriton Altitude block in Parramatta:

a close up of a window: Ms Profilio woke on Wednesday morning to puddles of septic water all through her flat

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ms Profilio woke on Wednesday morning to puddles of septic water all through her flat

The sewage water leaked down her walls and pooled around her clothes and shoes and left pool-sized puddles on her carpet

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The sewage water leaked down her walls and pooled around her clothes and shoes and left pool-sized puddles on her carpet

READ MORE: http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/theyve-just-put-us-on-the-street-sydney-residents-are-forced-to-leave-their-apartment-block-after-human-waste-floods-their-newly-built-homes/ar-AAENPW2?ocid=ientp

‘How Canberra developer Ivan Bulum allegedfly left apartment owners with a $20 million bill’

Ivan Bulum with the names of his different companies in the background.

PHOTO: Ivan Bulum is the director of 53 different companies, including B&T Constructions. (ABC News)

A wall in an interior corridor that has turned green and brown with mould and water damage.

PHOTO: Water damage and mould inside the Elara complex. (Supplied)

A rotting, rusted wooden beam with paint dripping off.

PHOTO: The damaged balcony ceiling on a unit at Elara. (ABC News: James Fettes)

READ MORE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/cracked-empire-ivan-bulum-canberra-developer-elara/9425510

AND people are taking to Reddit to air their grievances about dodgy development in Canberra!

View: https://www.reddit.com/r/canberra/comments/c2bpu9/canberra_apartments_with_building_defects/

They Want to “Fail” – RBA Deception Behind the Sharp Interest Rate

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Not only in Sydney: ‘Owners at St Kilda apartment block set to pay $2.6M to fix water-damaged cladding

View: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/owners-at-st-kilda-apartment-block-set-to-pay-2-6m-to-fix-water-damaged-cladding-20190723-p529y5.html

Trent in his St Kilda apartment, which has been gutted due to water damage.

Trent in his St Kilda apartment, which has been gutted due to water damage. CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS

And 9 buildings in Darwin are questionable with The Catalyst building having over 200 homeowners affected by it.

“The structural engineer at the centre of the saga is expected to be referred to the Building Practitioners Board “for an inquiry in alleged misconduct pertaining to a pattern of non-compliance with the National Construction Code,” the department said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-01/buildings-failing-creditation-darwin-200-affected-infrastructure/11062348

-Not to mention dodgy electrical wiring…..

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Faulty wires could spark the next cladding crisis!

Once the cables become brittle, physical contact with them could dislodge the insulation, leading to electric shock or possibly fires, the ACCC said.

“We are very worried about this now,” Master Electricians’ chief executive Malcolm Richards said.

“The nature of the ACCC is, in fact, a deterrant to home owners to get it fixed.”

Over the next two years, from 2020 to 2021, some of the wiring could start to wear out, as the product was mostly installed in 2013.

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Works has also referred to dumped defective electrical wiring!

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