Employees, subcontractors and contractors – a detailed examination of liability and apportionment principles

Wake up call to all builders and owner builders, in the event of an accident onsite and how the court apportioned the percentage of liability. Please read. Article by Vidal Hockless and Sophie Nauwelaers, Kott Gunning CASE SUMMARY: COOTE V TERRY’S CRANE HIRE & CGU INSURANCE & DEBRI PTY LTD This decision of Bowden DCJ, although at first instance, is instructive as to the …

What to watch out for when purchasing a home or apartment!

Original article on The Age  Melbourne’s surging population in recent years has had a number of ramifications. The impact is being felt on the transport and health systems, and the transformation of the city skyline through at times short-sighted development. Much of this has been well documented, though not resolved. Less understood is the damage being done in the rush …

The Uninsured Handyman: A risky venture that’s not worth the gamble

If you turn on the telly these days, it’s plain to see that DIY home improvements are all the rage across Australia. But contrary to what reality shows would have you believe, not everyone is born with natural do-it-yourself abilities. In fact, some homeowners would just as soon attempt brain surgery before picking up a circular saw! Remember Frank Spencer? …

Waterproofing external balconies

Monday November 7 2016 – Article by VBA Recently, the VBA has received a number of complaints involving failed waterproofed balconies resulting in major damage to homes throughout Victoria. The recent wet weather and rain events across Victoria highlight the importance of waterproofing in the building process. There are many reasons why waterproofed balconies may fail, and identifying the cause …

How to choose a Building Surveyor

Under new changes to the Victorian Building Act, you ht home owner are now required to choose your Building Surveyor…NOT the Builder. What do they do? A Building Surveyor is a registered building professional who is responsible for ensuring the construction project meets the minimum standards set out in the building code of Australia, national standards, and relevant state and …

Changes to the Building Act!

Article on VBA website – August 5th 2016 Changes have been made to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. Some of these changes may affect your rights and duties under the law. This section of the VBA website holds information about: how these changes relate to you as a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder when the …

When cheap is expensive!

When buying Owner Builder Insurance Everyone wants the cheapest price but in assuming all Owner Builder policies are the same will cost the Owner Builder in the event of a claim. And why else do you buy insurance – so in the event of a claim you will be compensated? Underwriter statistics show that (50%) of all Owner Builder claims …

Safety – The Don’ts!

Article by Brightside We’ve put together a selection of 24 photographs which show that there is a kind of resourcefulness that only men seem to display. Women shouldn’t be jealous of this, however, for as you can see, it’s often characterised by a complete absence of the instinct for self-preservation. What would we do without these guys?   So, this …

Protection of adjoining properties

Article: Victoria Building Authority What have we found? The VBA’s Proactive Inspections Program has identified sites where excavation work has been completed without the required protection measures in place to protect adjoining properties from the effects of unstable site cuts, such as retaining walls/site batters. In many instances, these situations are identified a few months into the building process. Remember, …

Vacant Land Liability Guide

Do you own land? Arrange the right Insurance! If you own land, perhaps a block awaiting a house to be constructed it is possible that a person may enter it and hurt themselves. The law requires you as the owner, to keep the land safe and will hold you responsible for any injuries. This type of insurance is called ‘Vacant …