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Obligations on NSW Owner Builders

Owner Builder Warranty Is No Longer Available in NSW
Insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund is no longer available for owner-builder work done by an owner-builder.

Owner-builders who sell properties built under owner-builder permits are no longer required to provide insurance to the subsequent purchaser.

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Are Treated Timbers Really Safe From Termites?

The near-universal use of H2 blue, green or red framing timber in construction is now a time bomb for landfill in 20-40 years’ time. It cannot be composted nor recycled, and thus is sent to landfill. In an ideal world, buildings would be carefully deconstructed and every skerrick reused, but in the Land of Oz, where labourers are paid $55 per hour, and landfill rates are less than $200 per tonne that is just a pipe dream.

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Solving Water Leaks Is Not An Easy Job

Fixing water leaks is always a tough job.

Getting to the root cause and then finding a solution to rectify the problem is no easy task.

Lack of understanding about structural issues as well as waterproofing methodology/technologies can lead to rectification decisions that may not actually resolve water ingress.

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Apartment owners paying for defective buildings

Australia’s building industry has been under scrutiny after a series of significant defects were found in high rise buildings, including the Opal and Mascot Tower complexes in Sydney. These incidents have focused attention on the lack of protection for owners when things go wrong, and the impact of the building boom on quality

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Dilapidation Reports not important until they are!

The requirement by Local and Government authorities for Dilapidation Reports to be carried out before construction, and civil work commencement is becoming more of a standard requirement. #dilapidationinspections #buildersbeware #stratadilapidationinspections #Dilaptipsforconstructioncompanies

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“My first contact with Surety Property Reports was when we were selling our country property. Surety was the company hired by the purchaser. We were so impressed by the thoroughness we decided when we purchase a property we would use their service. We did and could not be more pleased. The report was very well written. This company was reliable and if they were running late would ring and let you know. We found them to be honest with the quote. Old fashioned service at its best. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.”

Di Whiting, Sth Coast buyer

“The vendor of the property Brendan inspected is a returned serviceman and as such struggles with anxiety and other mental health issues. I was absolutely impressed at how Brendan handled a very anxious and difficult vendor and put him at ease by talking to him about the defence force and just generally being kind and mindful with him. It is really nice to see people who care about other people, not just “doing their job” and moving on.

Please pass on my thanks, I really do appreciate Brendan’s manner in what has been a difficult transaction with this vendor.”

South Coast, Real Estate Agent

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