Some Wagga property experts say the apartment woes witnessed in major cities are not reflections of the entire industry, but one local builder says the whole sector needs a shakeup.
Mascot Towers in Sydney has been making headlines recently as residents had to flee the decade-old building's 122 apartments amid rising concerns about worsening cracks to an underground car park support beam.
Just six months earlier, Opal Towers, a 36-storey Sydney apartment, was thrust into the spotlight when the building was evacuated on Christmas Eve after cracking in precast concrete panels was discovered.
Fitzpatricks commercial property consultant Greg Howick said these events are not a reflection on the industry as a whole.
"It doesn't matter where you are, the Grenfell Tower fire in London is another example," he said.
"If you look worldwide in the number of apartment blocks that have been built, there hasn't been a multitude of issues before this.
"I think it's just individual cases, and with the Mascot Towers it seems construction next door didn't take enough precautions."
Mr Howick said there have been no issues with Wagga's small collection of apartment blocks.
"It's not an epidemic; we've never had an issue with the seven-storey Kilnacroft that was built in the 1960's, or the six-storey Waterview on Tarcutta Street, built in the '90s," he said.
"Bad news sells and it seems one particular apartment gets a lot of coverage.
"I don't think it's a reflection of the industry as a whole and even building houses, there's going to sometimes be some interesting cases."
"Council has every confidence in the development industry in Wagga Wagga, and its ability to deliver high quality outcomes, and look forward to the delivery of a broad range of housing options for the city," Mr O'Brien said.
"It is extremely unlikely the same series of events that led to structural issues in those buildings would present themselves in future developments in Wagga Wagga, as both the development industry and regulatory bodies are mindful of the issues faced in these metropolitan developments.
"In relation to combustible cladding, the NSW Government has introduced measures to prevent the use of these materials in the future as well as requiring the identification of buildings which have used these materials."
Wagga resident Leonie Roberson previously told The Daily Advertiser about how her investment property in Melbourne became a burden when it went up in flames.
However, local builder Wayne Carter said while this is not his field, there are many flaws in the regulatory system.
"It's not my field because apartments are deemed commercial once they are above three to four stories and there is no requirement to be a licensed builder," he said.
"The reasoning behind this, is if you've got the resources to outlay that amount you would be astute enough to successfully do the construction.
"Unfortunately sometimes you find someone who is unscrupulous and sets up a company to deflect any personal commitment in case things go wrong and then buyer beware.
"I think that and having private certifiers who sign off on the construction who maybe are too close to the company can be pressured into letting shortcuts happen," he said.
Mr Carter said the sector as a whole needs a "revamp", especially with the Home Building Insurance.
"The insurance is out of whack, for instance, if a build on a single residential dwelling that costs $10 million or half-a-million, the maximum claim back in NSW is $360,000 for both," he said.
"The only thing that changes is the premium which is a percentage of the estimated cost of the build.
"The cost on a residential build at $10 million could be upwards of $100,000 and a house worth $400,000 is about $4000, but the maximum claim on either is $360,000.
"With commercial it is divided by the amount of units and therefore cheaper for the insurance singularly but even if every tenant pooled their money it wouldn't be enough to rectify a structural fault in a 10-storey commercial building," he explained.
Mr Carter said when problems arise, he described this situation as a "minefield".