Time saver for bodies corporate completing cladding checklist

18 December 2018

The peak industry body for strata managers has welcomed recent changes to cladding laws which speed up the combustible cladding checklist process for body corporate managers.

For most bodies corporate, recent amendments to the cladding laws eliminate the time-consuming and expensive requirement of calling a meeting of owners to authorise an existing agent to complete the checklist.

Strata Community Association (Qld) (SCA (Qld)) and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) worked together to bring in the updates after the checklist requirements came into effect 1 October 2018.

“SCA (Qld) has supported the regulation and assisted with industry insights from the start, so we’re pleased to see a simplified process in place for body corporate managers to help their strata communities,” SCA (Qld) President Simon Barnard said.

“We encourage lot owners to engage with professionals before the Christmas break to get the process of identifying combustible cladding underway.”

Commissioner Brett Bassett said the QBCC was committed to improving the checklist process to ensure buildings at risk were registered and assessed in a timely manner.

“The Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist is rigorous, and it needs to be to mitigate the risk of combustible cladding in Queensland,” Mr Bassett said.

“With the process now smoother, we expect to see even more bodies corporate being proactive and registering their building and beginning the checklist as soon as possible.”

Buildings must be registered at www.saferbuildings.qld.gov.au, with the first part of the checklist to be completed by 29 March 2019.

Penalties apply if required timeframes are not met.

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