Owners corporations and strata managers have the potential to benefit from two recent decisions in Victoria and New South Wales in which building certifiers are being held accountable for work they signed off on which has been found to be defective.

Building defects and their rectification are major problems in residential strata buildings, with nearly three-quarters of residents living in strata have experienced one or more defects in their scheme. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has just rendered a high-profile decision relating to the fire in Melbourne’s Lacrosse Building in Docklands…