Fifty per cent of Victoria’s apartment owners live in faulty homes

Here are the article’s main findings:

As stated in this article published in The Age, more than 50 per cent of Victorian apartment owners reported that they live in homes with building defects, according to a new survey of 3,593 people by Australian Apartment Advocacy. 

  • Water penetration from outside, poor waterproofing, defective plumbing and structural cracking were among the most-common defects.
  • The survey found that resolving these issues was complicated, time-consuming and exhausting, with just 16 per cent of recipients reporting that someone had accepted responsibility for all their defects.
  • But Mason Schulze, the director of 1300 Find Leak, said he inspects properties with waterproofing issues at least twice a week.
  • An expert panel appointed by the state government has finished the first stage of its review of the Victorian building system, but the findings have not yet been made public.
  • One affected apartment owner has spent $1500 on mould and leak assessments and making her apartment mould-safe, which has involved taping large sheets of plastic along the carpet beneath her windows and on her ceiling.

As advocates for the importance of sound waterproofing, the team at Industry Best Construction have made it our mission to educate the construction industry on how to avoid waterproofing defects and ensure that these failures are no longer commonplace.

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