Regulator needed to implement MUD Act, claim default home owners

by Rose Barrett
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With the interim fire safety funding secured in December last, owners of default homes have begun the application process and are now on Phase 2 for application funding.

However, with many management companies not engaging with the process, Not Our Fault Campaign have joined forces with the Construction Defects Alliance (CDA) and the Apartment Owner’s Network (AON) to campaign for an overhaul of the MUD Act, and to have a regulator appointed to oversee the process. Furthermore, they are calling for defective home owners to complete a short survey at

The MUD ACT (Multi-Unit Development Act) was enacted in 2011 to assist homeowners and was intended to be a reforming piece of legislation, to deliver improved protection and dispute regulation.

“We are also looking for the introduction of a regulator in this area as there is no manual or guide for directors to turn to. These are ordinary people stepping up trying to do the best they can for the development they live in; they are being asked to make big decisions and accept big responsibilities with no guidance,” said Odette Doran of Not Our Fault Campaign.

“The application process is straight- forward enough now we are at Phase 2. The most important thing for homeowners to do is get an in-depth structural survey of their building to find the true extent of the defect they have applied for. Phase 2 application process must be filled out by the person hired to do the survey with 60per cent of the survey cost to be covered by the government and 40pc upon completion.

“We are all quite busy with the application process and hopefully, soon we will be able to commence remediation works on The Crescent Building in Park West. An issue that has arisen is management companies not engaging or listening to directors or owners of the defective developments. But with no real guidance, this is now an issue so hence, the need for a regulator as we face into a remediation project for up to 100,000 homeowners at an estimated cost of 2.5bn.

“WE have received support from all parties in the Dáil but now we need the MUD Act updated and a regulator appointed. We’ve started a campaign for homeowners in apartments or duplex’s around the country to take a short survey on this. The more signatures we get, the better push we will have with government to change this. Then and only then, can people can move on and make their homes safe to live in.

“See and sign the survey to help us progress our campaign,” concluded Odette.

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