New regulations to prevent building defects and boost confidence in NSW
NSW Parliament has passed two important Bills that look to reinstate consumer confidence when it comes to the construction industry and managing defects
NSW had both the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2020 and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020 pass.
The Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2020 will come into effect as of 1 July 2021. While the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020 will come into effect as of 1 September 2020.
What does this mean for strata schemes and property owners?
The new Bills will allow the Secretary of the NSW Department of Customer Service to order the correction of ‘serious defects’ in residential apartment buildings.
The Bills provide power to the government to order developers to rectify and fix building works that have been deemed likely cause defects. The new intervention powers will apply to building works for up to 10 years after an occupation certificate is issued.
What’s more, the government will also be able to make sure defects are fixed prior to occupants moving in or taking possession of their property by issuing a prohibition order to delay the occupation certificate.