New apartment defects.

Learn about new apartment defects and why they should not happen. QBIS.

No buyer expects there to be faults with a new unit. This is why it is important to employ a building inspector with an independent, unbiased and objective point of view such as Peter Weddell.

New apartment defects with balcony

New apartment balcony that will allow water entry to interior: 

As you can see in these two photos, the balcony floor tiles are at a higher level than the inside floor level of this new apartment. It should be the other way around. The tiles should also have appropriate fall to the relief holes.  Poor construction and design fault!

Incorrect level of new unit balcony floor.

There is nothing stopping water from entering the apartment interior (in differing weather conditions) especially in driving rain.

New apartment balcony reliefs defect

Design fault with undersize relief holes to new unit balcony.

These photos show relief holes that are well undersized and would not allow water to escape in a heavy downpour, especially if when they become blocked.

New apartment defects and rectification:

  • Fit much larger relief holes
  • Have an awning fitted for protection.
  • Enclose the balcony.

Seek Body Corporate approval before any remedial work is carried out.

QBCC: New units defects liability period

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