We Live Here articles

We need a clear cladding policy – now!

By Barbara Francis and Rus Littleton We are still waiting for a coherent government policy on combustible cladding that can provide clarity for owners’ corporations (OCs) facing massive bills for rectification. More and more buildings are getting caught up in the nightmare, receiving building orders with no appropriate follow up, and no end in sight.

More short-stay abuse – with no recourse for residents

By Barbara Francis and Rus Littleson Residents across Melbourne are reporting more horror stories of short-stay abuse – with little chance of any meaningful redress and still less of any resolution.  In our previous column we reported the case of an enterprising resident who won a victory in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Short-stay abuse despite resident’s VCAT win

Residents in a prestige Melbourne apartment tower report that they are living in fear of abuse and violent threats from out-of-control short-stay guests – despite a VCAT ruling in favour of a resident who complained. In a legal first, VCAT issued consent orders against Melbourne Serviced Apartments Pty Ltd for a string of disturbing short-stay

Short-stay violence spurs action

The short-stay industry is facing regulation on both sides of the Atlantic in Canada and France as city governments try to resolve safety and community concerns. In Toronto, the city has passed new regulations requiring owners to live at the premises and to register with the local government as a short-stay provider. In introducing the

Proposed changes to the Owners’ Corporation Act

As we write, Victorian Parliament is due to debate a draft Bill to amend the Owners’ Corporation (OC) Act 2006. The flammable cladding issue has highlighted a serious shortcoming in the proposed amendments. For several months we have been writing about the huge financial cost to owners caused by flammable cladding, and the slim prospects

Owners’ corporation bill

The long-awaited Owners’ Corporation (OC) Amendment Bill has been introduced into parliament.  The most significant change, and one we had been advocating for, is the creation of tiers of OC relating to the size of the development. The OC Act 2006 failed to distinguish between small and large developments, but now five tiers have been

Small print shrinks state cladding fund

Premier Daniel Andrews’ cladding fund might be able to help a tiny percentage of apartment buildings with dangerous cladding. The small print in the recent Victorian Building Authority (VBA) report explained that more than half the headline-grabbing $300 million fund would be earmarked to fix the cladding on the government’s own buildings. Less than $150

A Royal Commission into industry scandals

We Live here Enough is enough. Every day we read of more apartment catastrophes created by builders with the tacit acquiescence of governments:  Cladding made of flammable material on thousands of apartment blocks Cracking buildings sparking fears of collapse  Contracts for management mates locked in for decades Apartment owners continue to be ripped off by

Bill defects need to be fixed

As we sifted through the exposure draft of the Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendments Bill released by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) we found quite a few issues.  We Live Here has submitted a response to CAV. In it we have detailed substantial deficiencies in the Bill that need to be resolved. Tiers of owners

More support for OCs in the new Bill

The long-awaited exposure draft of the Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendments Bill has now been released by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) for public consultation.  The exposure draft can be accessed at www.consumer.vic.gov.au/OCBill Submissions emailed to [email protected] will be accepted until May 10, 2019.  Subject to the satisfactory resolution of any issues raised during the

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