Victoria Adds Three Years to Cladding Claim Period
The period for home owners in Victoria to make claims over the use of non-compliant flammable panels on their buildings has been extended.
Owners now have an additional three years to make claims, lengthening the period from 12 to 15 years.
It sets a new deadline of December, 2026 for legal action to commence, building on the original 10-year liability period that came into effect last December.
In February, the Victorian government announced a new amendment to the state’s building code which banned the use of aluminium composite panels with a core of less than 93 per cent inert mineral filler and expanded polystyrene products used in an external insulation of multi-storey buildings.
The state government committed $7 million towards insurance to force builders to take on rectification work on hundreds of residential buildings covered with combustible cladding across the Victoria.
The policy will cover the work of builders and practitioners on rectification jobs overseen by agency Cladding Safety Victoria as securing professional indemnity insurance for cladding-related work on the open market not possible at this point.
Cladding Safety Victoria will now go after developers on behalf of owners, with penalties available of $80,000 for individuals and up to $400,000 for businesses.
It currently has cladding removal and replacement projects complete or under way on 200 residential apartment buildings across the state with another 53 having signed funding agreements and due to commence work soon.
Work has been completed on 60 public buildings, including 40 school buildings, eight Victoria Police stations, seven public housing complexes and stadia.
However, the list of buildings needing cladding rectification is now growing by an estimated 10 to 15 buildings each month.
More than 700 buildings have been classified as in the highest risk categories, well above the government’s original estimate of 500 when it announced a$600-million rectification package in the Victorian budget of 2019-20.