Timber Shortages and Covid Restrictions – Your Guide to Cost Escalation and Time Claims

The building and construction industry has been affected as a whole by world-wide timber shortages as well as COVID-19. It is important to review your current building contracts and consider what rights and obligations you may have regarding supply shortages which may lead to cost escalations and delays. Claim pathways under existing Contracts Both increased …


Lacrosse Appeal – An Update on Flammable Cladding Cases

February 28, 2018 saw the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) decision of the Lacrosse Appeal case made by His Honour Judge Woodward. It is a decision that had major ramifications in the building industries. His Honour Judge Woodward determined that the Lacrosse builder’s negligence in installing unsuitable cladding was the result of breaches by …


Are you an Owner Builder? Know your obligations

What is an Owner Builder? An owner builder is someone who has: Personally built, altered or extended a building, and/or managed or arranged for building works that have not been completed by a registered building practitioner; and Is building on their own land. As an owner builder, you take on many of the responsibilities of …


Protection Works – Requirements for Building on the boundary

When planning to carry out building works close to or adjacent to adjoining property boundaries, there may be the requirement to ensure protection work relating to the adjoining property is carried out. This ensures that the adjoining property will  not be affected or damaged by any related building work. Protection work notices have the potential …


Christmas Shutdown – How it affects your building projects

Whether you are building a new house, adding an extension to your home, or renovating a kitchen or bathroom, it is essential to keep track of time and make appropriate allowances if the project is delayed. With the upcoming Christmas closure break for many trades and suppliers, builders need to have forward planned for this …


Buying a new home? Are you covered for building works?

If you are looking to buy a new (or renovated) home, it is important to know your rights regarding any recent building works including defects. Unfortunately for some, building defects may not arise until after settlement. If you find problems with the building work in your new home – whether it be a newly built …


What the new COVID-19 restrictions mean for the building industry

In the wake of recent announcements by the Victorian Government, changes to the building industry will come into effect from 11:59pm on 27 October 2020. It is essential that all builders, owners and developers are aware of their new rights and obligations. Important changes: The building and construction industry has been removed from the “high-risk” …


Final Weeks to Register – Pool and Spa Regulations in Victoria Applicable from 1 November 2020

New laws have been introduced in Victoria to improve swimming pool and spa safety. It is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located, to register their pool or spa with their relevant council. In addition to the new laws, owners are now required to arrange and lodge a …


Owners Corporation Disputes – Common Property

Any building that is administered by an Owners Corporation (OC) will have areas of the premises that are common property. With the increase in Owners Corporation residency, there has been a noticeable rise in disputes over matters such as the use of the common property. Pursuant to section 3 of the Owners Corporations Act 2006 …


New Pool and Spa Regulations in Victoria Applicable from 1 November 2020

New laws have been introduced in Victoria to improve swimming pool and spa safety. It is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located, to register their pool or spa with their relevant council. In addition to the new laws, owners are now required to arrange and lodge a …