Peak body calls for Register of Owners and Occupiers, disclosure of building materials in strata properties
Owners in cladding and defect affected building are carrying the can for years of poor government building industry regulation and enforcement, which allowed builders to use dodgy, unsafe and non-compliant building products, according to the peak body for Owners Corporations, according to Maree Davenport, CEO of Strata Community Association in Victoria.
Strata Community Association is calling for the establishment of an Owners and Occupiers Register in Victoria to ensure the people living in the affected and adjoining properties, are contactable. “Tenants, owners friends and relatives, those in sub-letting arrangements, short stay rental such as Airbnb, need to be advised in a timely and effective manner about all risks and issues with essential services, such as gas and water problems which have immediate effect, as well as building structural and materials defects. This Register will also assist with recalls of appliances and faulty products.” according to Ms Davenport.
“We urge the Minister for Consumer Affairs to enable the establishment of the register urgently. With the Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendment Bill set to be debated in Parliament next week, she has the opportunity to include a Register to ensure regulations can be made and consultation be conducted in the Regulatory Impact Statement process.” she said.
“In the Lacrosse and Neo200 fires, over 600 tenants, owners and occupiers were evacuated.
Victoria is the only state which doesn’t have legislation requiring a register of tenants, where