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Surveyor fined over faulty townhouses

A building surveyor faces disciplinary action and must pay a $25,500 fine over the construction of 69 substandard townhouses in Diamond Creek, Victoria.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has imposed a stringent condition on Peter Eyers’ licence.

He must obtain a graduate certificate in performance-based building and fire codes – or equivalent – before he can issue new building permits for attached buildings.

He must also provide updated checklists and processes to the VBA for future work across all classes of buildings particularly townhouses or apartments.

The VBA action relates to the Rangeview Estate in Diamond Creek, northeast Melbourne.

In February last year the builder David Brayer was banned from operating as a registered builder for a minimum of three years over breaches in fire separation standards and failing to carry out work in a “competent manner” to a “professional standard”.

Earlier this month insuranceNEWS.com.au reported that dozens of aggrieved Rangeview Estate residents are bringing a class action against the VBA, claiming it failed in its duty as a regulator.

Along with substandard fire separation walls, the townhouses showed water ingress, substandard painting, lack of soundproofing, no awnings on balconies and buckled and warped external timber cladding.

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