DO NEW BUILDINGS HAVE DEFECTS IN MELBOURNE ??
Great question but one thats obvious-i recently inspected two units that were built with so many defects that i was dumfounded that a builders work could be this bad, i have inspected many new buildings in my time but i have never encountered anything this bad
The owner was so stressed he did not now what to do,the builder was in the 734 th day of the build and still not finished,the owner was within his rights to terminate the building contract and should have received advice from a solicitor earlier than when he finally did.
As it turned out the solicitor that he employed was not up to date with the building requirements and the client was not receiving relevant advice and at $450 per hour that he was being charged he was going very close to being broke himself ,so important to employ a solicitor that has experience with VCAT and can get you out of a building contract legally without having to spend a fortune on legal fees.
There were major defects with the flooring levels off one of the units,the front half of the house was built on stumps and the rear half was a concrete slab,the concrete slab floor level was not in alignment with the front half of the house,out of by 45mm ,which made the entire rear section out of alignment with the rest of the build,why did the building surveyor not pick this up-DISGRACEFUL
The Specifications section 1.0 of the energy report stated that all window and sliding doors were to be double glazing windows but the builder ignored this and installed single glazing-should the building surveyor have also picked this up-no he didnt WHY ??
Termite protection was also a requirement but again was not provided.
All the appliances installed were different to what was required within the specifications
All timber used including lintels and beams were to be treated pine -again this was not picked up
The brickwork used was a different colour to what was in the specifications
No insulation was installed into roof space,no ladders supplied for manholes,balustrades not installed in true position as per working drawings,no instantaneous hot water service installed,no water tank installed,the list goes on and one-UNBELIEVABLE but true
The VBA states that Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for making sure that buildings are safe, energy efficient and livable. They interact with other professionals such as engineers, architects and builders to ensure that buildingsare designed and constructed to comply with building regulations as well as
Carry out inspections of building work to verify if
the building work complies with the building
permit, the Building Act 1993 and building
• Prepare a written record of building work
inspected, documenting details of noncompliant
Well in this case it seems that the Building surveyor did not comply with the above requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)
Always get your new building inspected by a registered building practitioner dont take short cuts ,for the small cost involved its well worth it