Monday, 13 September 2010 12:05
In a submission responding to the Vendor Disclosure for Residential Property Sales in New South Wales Discussion Paper circulated for comment by Matt Brown MP, Member for Kiama, Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects has urged the New South Wales Government to overhaul and improve the current legislation related to home inspections.
Mark Stewart, Chief Executive of Archicentre said if introduced without proper legislation, registration, training and enforcement, the introduction of compulsory pre-purchase inspections for all homes for sale in New South Wales could become Australia's next Home Insulation style consumer disaster.
The issue is being considered by the New South Wales Government and will be the subject of a public forum on 15 September 2010 at Parliament House Sydney.
Mr Stewart said "purchasing a home is usually the largest financial commitment a person makes, and we believe it is vital that people giving advice on the condition of a home must be appropriately qualified and experienced when families are putting their financial future on the line."
Key points in the Archicentre submission to the enquiry includes:
Mr Stewart said Archicentre's statistics from its national pre-purchase property inspections database reveal 30% of all homes sold have some significant faults.
Archicentre has reviewed the national regulations in respect of statutory registration. While all states require the licensing of builders and the registration of architects, Queensland is the only state that has a specific licence class for pre-purchase type inspections: "Completed Residential Building Inspection Licence".
Click here to download the full Archicentre Submission on Proposed Vendor Disclosure for Residential Property Sales in New South Wales.
Ron Smith, Corporate Media Communications, Archicentre (03) 9818 5700 Mobile: 0417 329 201