Residents of the 132 units in Mascot Towers were evacuated from their homes on June 14. The evacuation was sparked by major cracks appearing in the beams of the building.
Who will pay for the defect?
Under NSW law, building defects are only covered under warranty for the first six years after the development is complete. Due to the building being 10 years old, Mascot Towers is no longer under warranty.
Last Sunday it was announced by the state government that they would fund a multi-million dollar emergency assistance package until the liability of Mascot Towers can be determined. The package also offers loans to residents of up to $400 per night to assist with temporary accommodation.
According to a new engineers report that was sent to residents last Monday night, the Mascot Towers building is “moving in a downward motion”.
The “downward motion” was not elaborated on in the report, however, the northern and eastern boundaries of the building were reported as having the movement.
repairs predicted to take at least 12 months, residents have been informed that
it is unlikely they will return in the near future.
At Thursday nights meeting an engineer informed residents that he does not expect to be able to deliver a full report on the building within the initial four week predicted timeframe.
It has also been released that the buildings surrounding Mascot Towers have been reported to be leaking and cracking. One particular building has been reported to showing signs of deterioration for five or six years.
As more updated are given to residents, the likelihood of residents being able to return to their home decreases.
What if this were to happen in QLD? How could your Body Corporate minimize the likelihood of major building defects?
If you believe your building is at risk with a major defect SSKB recommends that you engage an industry professional as soon as possible to provide a relevant report. As well as this report, it is important that your Committee and/or Building Manager is doing a monthly walk around to identify any possible defects. Regular committee meetings should be held where any concerns can be discussed.
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