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 …


Domestic building warranty insurance – are you covered?

In Victoria, a Domestic Building Insurance (DBI) provides cover to homeowners for incomplete or defective building work. As a homeowner, you are protected from any faulty building work by insurance held by your builder. A registered domestic builder is required to carry DBI for all building contracts worth more than $16,000 (including labour and material …


Don’t let mould ruin your building – Act Now!

As we move towards high density living, defects in high rise buildings are becoming more prevalent. Leaky balconies and water flowing from common or private property, has led to a notable rise in litigation relating to water damage in high rise buildings, including claims for mould and deterioration caused by water. If you are a …


When the VBA comes knocking

The VBA (Victorian Building Authority) is responsible for the regulation and management of building practitioners (including to, but not limited to builders, plumbers and building surveyors). A key function of the VBA is to supervise and monitor the conduct and ability of registered and listed building practitioners. The VBA ensures compliance with the Building Act 1993 …


Domestic Building Contracts – Know your rights before you sign!

Whether you’re building a new property or renovating an existing one, having the right building contract is vital to ensuring everyone knows their rights and responsibilities. Building contracts are necessary as they act as a reference point and legal framework for you and your builder. They are also crucial documents for setting the parameters for …


Off The Plan Contracts – Buyers Beware

As we live with increased density and new apartment buildings seem to appear every day, off-the-plan contracts are becoming increasingly prevalent. Regardless of whether you are a vendor or purchaser there are several pitfalls you need to be aware of before entering into an off-the-plan contract. Essentially, failing to understand your obligations (and rights) when …


The Lacrosse Fire Decision: How it affects Builders, Owners & Consultants.

Four years after the fire at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s CBD, apartment owners will receive compensation for much needed repairs after a five-week long VCAT hearing attributed responsibility for the damage caused. In a decision that will have widespread ramifications in the building and legal industries, His Honour Judge Woodward determined that the Lacrosse …