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FOUR CORNERS investigates Australia's apartment building crisis

On Monday Four Corners investigates Australia's apartment building crisis, from shoddy workmanship to lax laws, leaving owners out of pocket and in some cases out of a home altogether.

Four Corners will take you inside buildings and apartments in multiple cities to show how entrenched the problems are.

To suggest that we are policing the project couldn't be any further inaccurate." Building certifier

What they reveal is a litany of failure, to regulate and protect the buying public, even in the face of repeated warnings.

Cracking Up, reported by Sean Nicholls, goes to air on Monday 19th August at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 20th August at 1.00pm and Wednesday 21st at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at

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A legacy of defects

A legacy of defects

Sean Nicholls, Sharon O’Neill and Naomi Selvaratnam, Four Corner

How bad could the problem be in your state?

There have been 667,394 apartments, flats or units built nationwide from the end of 2000 up until March this year, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

“It’s systemic and it’s infecting lots of buildings across the landscape, in all parts of the country. It’s very clear and it’s very prominent, and we’ve got a serious problem here."

“I think it’s irresponsible for any government to pretend like this is not happening in their state.”

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Bad Strata Records

Think strata construction is bad? Strata records are worse!

Michael Ferrier, Eyeon Property Inspections
Property buyers are now well aware of the building defects disasters seen in Opal Tower and Mascot Towers. But the reality is that any building could hide big issues from potential buyers, meaning that people could land in a nightmare scenario, even if they had carried out all possible checks.
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