The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016(the Act) which was passed by the Victorian Government on 19 April 2016 imposes sweeping reforms in respect to a number of significant areas affecting residential construction in Victoria.
By reason of a Proclamation published in the Victoria Government Gazette No. S 194 dated 21 June 2016, certain sections of the Act are to commence and ‘become live’ on 4 July this year.
While the purpose of the Act is to strengthen consumer protection and improve the regulation of the residential building industry, it is quite clear that the Act and its operation will dramatically affect the manner in which builders go about their business and how they are accountable and operate within the legislative system. It will also dramatically change the way in which home owners, whether on private stand-alone titles of land or within Owners Corporations, make claims for defective and incomplete work.
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