AFTER five years waging a bitter battle to have major damage to his Charlestown penthouse apartment repaired because of common property defects, Aidan Ellis invoked hit Australian film The Castle in a message to Opal unit owners in Sydney who think they’ll be returning to their damaged homes soon.
“Tell them they’re dreaming,” said Mr Ellis, an engineer, who is about to leave his apartment for months of repairs estimated at $360,000, that he expects will climb before the job is completed.
A second Landmark penthouse apartment owner does not expect to return to her home until February after moving out in August so that builders could repair defective common property, including the roof, wall cladding and a large veranda, where the defects have caused extensive damage in her unit.
The apartments are two of a number where defects have not been addressed since shortly after the Landmark was completed in 2008. By the time it won a NSW Master Builders excellence in construction award in 2009 the first of two reports showed clear and significant defects. Landmark developer/builder Peter Durbin wound up his two companies behind the project after the Landmark’s 59 unit owners took legal action.