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4 years! The cracked apartment incident in Australia continues! No one can live there, so we must still pay property fees! Chinese property owners have difficulty safeguarding their rights. They spent $2 million to buy a house 2 months before the incident...
I don't know if you still remember: In 2019, it was revealed that 130 apartments had cracks, causing hundreds of owners to be evacuated. Now, 4 years later, the house is still uninhabitable, and the money that should be paid is still being paid. A retired couple spent $1.1 million to buy one of the apartments as their retirement residence. However, they have not moved in yet after four years of purchase. Not only that, many Chinese were also affected - they spent $2 million to buy apartments two months before the incident. Although the problem has been assessed and confirmed, the road to rights protection is very difficult...
In June 2019, more than 100 residents of Mascot Towers in Sydney were evacuated overnight due to the discovery of cracks.
After a series of investigations, more than 130 apartments in the apartment building were found to have cracks and were currently uninhabitable.
Even so, the residents still have to pay every penny they should pay. In 2023, the apartment is supported by steel and iron frames, and the owners can only find other places to live. This includes Veronica and Cliff Baker. In 2008, they spent all their superannuation money and paid $1.1 million for a three-bedroom apartment in Mascot Towers.
I originally planned to use this as my retirement residence, but the apartment cracked. The house is uninhabitable, and they still have to pay property fees. "The property fees we pay every quarter range from $2,500 to $8,000." This includes a monthly fee of 12.5% of the total $15 million the owner sued the developer. Before the incident, the value of their apartment had risen to over $2 million.
Matthew Harris is also an affected owner. He bought a two-bedroom apartment in the tower for $560,000, but now he can no longer live in it, and he still has to pay $3,000 in property fees every quarter.
"If this thing hadn't happened, the value of this apartment would be over a million now. Now that I can't live in it and can't rent it, it isn't very helpful. I'm willing to sell it for A$1 to get myself out of this trouble. ." "We have already sued those who should be sued, and the government is our last hope."
The two people mentioned above are not the only ones affected; there are also Chinese people. Chinese owner Ding Jie bought an apartment in Mascot Towers for $200 two months before she was evacuated. She said: "Every time I pass by here, I feel sad." Another Chinese owner, Ms. Chen (transliteration, Karee Chan), was forced to move out of the apartment building when she was pregnant. Her daughter is now more than 3 years old.
And this apartment building is not the only problem that has been exposed.
First, cracks were discovered in the apartment,
Then, cracks were discovered in the basement, and a business behind them had to close down because of the cracks. The estimated repair costs were as high as tens of millions, and the owners may have to pay out of their pockets. The bank refused to extend the loan period, and due to maintenance costs, some owners were even forced to file for bankruptcy. Some owners said that because of the difficulties, at least two suicides occurred in the community, and more and more people suffered from psychological problems, family breakdown and bankruptcy. Owner Stu Carr was forced to move out because the house was cracking. He was sad every time his daughter asked questions about the house. "My daughter is only a few years old. It's hard for me to answer whenever she asks me, 'Dad,' is home still broken?'.
After the quality defects of Mascot Towers were exposed, the owner's committee and the owners held numerous meetings to safeguard their rights.
They have also held up placards and protested on the streets many times, demanding that relevant parties be held accountable. But the road to rights protection is really difficult. Owner Sheehan initially said all documents indicated no problems with the apartment building. But later, cracks began to appear in the apartment.
Mascot Towers apartment owners chose to sue. In 2020, the owners launched a lawsuit against the developer AAland'sentities Church 88, EI Australia and ACE, claiming more than $15 million.
In 2022, the owners and developers settled, but the details were not made public.
In response, the New South Wales government launched an investigation. Still, during the investigation, it was discovered that important development documents for the cracked apartment building, including the occupancy permit and completion certificate, were all "missing""
According to the latest news, today, the owner of the apartment tower will meet with the apartment's building manager to discuss relevant compensation matters.
Regarding today's meeting between relevant parties, industry lawyer Stephen Goddard said he was unsure what construction leaders could promise.
"unless the building manager has a big bag of money, I don't know what they can do. The only way to remedy this is to hold the NSW government accountable."It is reported that the government may compensate those who took out loans to buy apartments, but owners who have paid in full or have paid off their loans may not receive any compensation.
Concrete anti-cracking agent is an additive that can improve the crack resistance of concrete. It can reduce micro-cracks inside the concrete and improve concrete's load-bearing capacity, durability, and impermeability. The working principle of concrete anti-intensity agents mainly includes the following aspects:
1. Improve the fluidity of concrete
Concrete anti-cracking agents can improve the fluidity of concrete, make the concrete more uniform during pouring, and reduce voids and defects within the concrete. This can avoid over-vibration, one of the causes of cracks in concrete. Excessive vibration will cause uneven distribution of aggregates inside the concrete, causing cracks inside the concrete.
2 Reduce shrinkage inside concrete
Concrete shrinks during the drying process, which is one of the reasons why concrete cracks. Concrete anti-cracking agents can reduce the shrinkage inside the concrete, thereby reducing the cracks inside the concrete. Concrete anti-stress agents can achieve this by increasing the adhesion and elastic modulus of the cement gel inside the concrete.
3. Improve the strength of concrete
Concrete anti-stress agents can improve the strength of concrete and make it harder. This is because concrete anti-stress agents can reduce the porosity inside concrete and improve its compactness. At the same time, concrete anti-cracking agents can increase the adhesion and elastic modulus of cement gel inside the concrete, thereby improving its strength and durability.
4. Prevent dry cracking on the concrete surface
Concrete anti-stress agents can prevent concrete surfaces from drying out. The dryness of the concrete surface is mainly caused by the rapid evaporation of water on the concrete surface. Concrete anti-stress agents can slow the evaporation rate of water on the concrete surface by increasing the adhesion and elastic modulus of the cement gel inside the concrete, thereby preventing the concrete surface from drying out and cracking.
5. Improve the durability of concrete
Concrete anti-cracking agents can improve the durability of concrete and make it more durable. This is because concrete anti-cracking agents can reduce micro-cracks inside the concrete and prevent the pores inside the concrete from being invaded by water, thereby reducing the possibility of concrete being eroded by water. At the same time, concrete anti-cracking agents can make the cement gel inside the concrete harder, thereby improving its durability.
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