Majority of Melbourne apartments fail to meet minimum requirements: Secret Agent

Majority of Melbourne apartments fail to meet minimum requirements: Secret Agent
Majority of Melbourne apartments fail to meet minimum requirements: Secret Agent

The majority of apartments in Melbourne are failing to meet all the minimum requirements, according to Secret Agent’s latest report.

Secret Agent said compared recently built apartments with the Better Apartments Design Standards and found inner Melbourne's apartments lacking.

"What we found only confirmed our intuitive assumptions of inner Melbourne’s apartments: they’re generally hard to live in,” the report stated.

"Of the 3000 apartments that were surveyed only 9 passed.

“While our full report dove into detail about each standard, this bulletin sums up the results of the overall study to shed light on the bigger picture (see Table 1).

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Majority of Melbourne apartments fail to meet minimum requirements: Secret Agent

"We sampled 3000 apartments built in the last 6 years across 21 suburbs in Melbourne.

"Overall, 99.7 percent (2,991 apartments) failed to meet all the minimum requirements.

"Only 9 apartments passed the seven standards we assessed (main bedroom dimensions, smallest bedroom dimensions, living room dimensions, private open space, windows, room depth, storage).

"Out of these, 4 were 1 bedroom units, and 5 had 2 bedrooms,” the report advised.

The group then went to list the errors or faults that they found in the surveyed apartments.

Private open space

94.2 percent (2,826 apartments) had balconies that were too small, or had none at all.

Bedroom and living room dimensions

92.3 percent (2,770 apartments) were too small in terms of both bedrooms and living rooms, failing to meet all minimum dimensions.

Accessibility

84 percent (2,520 apartments) had either bathrooms or corridors that were too small. These failed accessibility standards.

Natural ventilation

70 percent (2,100 apartments) were not well-ventilated. Most of these only had windows on one side of the apartment, with the opposite wall facing the internal corridors.

Windows

52 percent (1,560 apartments) did not provide adequate sunlight to bedrooms. More than half of our sample either had no windows to their bedrooms, or had ‘snorkel’ windows that were deeper than allowed.

Room depth

15.6 percent (468 apartments) were too deep, reducing natural light in parts of the living and dining areas,” the report stated.

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