Article by Michelle Leftwich
The second stage of a range of building reforms is due to come into effect in NSW on September 1, 2020. The reforms, which are outlined in the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW), are being introduced to better protect the buyer in the event of major defects and improve market confidence in residential developments. This comes after a number of high profile development failures in recent years, most notably the Opal and Mascot Towers in Sydney.
The new Act will give the NSW building commissioner the power to issue stop-work orders, order developers to rectify defective buildings and stop occupation certificates from being issued.
This follows key changes brought in in June, which included a duty of care, as well as changes due to be implemented July next year for compulsory registration of people involved in creating new buildings.
The reforms have been put in place to more highly regulate the industry, improving transparency and accountability across the sector. They will improve the quality and compliance of construction work in NSW and introduce important protections for property owners by clarifying that a legal duty of care is owed to them by people who carry out construction work.
The reforms have been based on a customer-focused regulatory framework, with a rating system, using digital accountability while improving skills within the industry and strengthening contracts and standards. source.
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