Aussie suburb

The Aussie suburb that’s SINKING

PHOTO: Lead plaintiff Danny Moussa’s house, which is just five years old, has already needed $40,000 worth of repairs. Pictured with wife Marielle

  • A handful of homes at Spring Farm, in Sydney’s south west, are falling apart
  • Residents are blaming either the developers or builders for the saga  
  • Residents whose houses have remain undamaged claim they have lost value 
  • Danny Moussa’s house is five years old and has needed $40,000 worth of repairs
  • Anne and Rod Chapman, who forked out $700,000, said their home is unsellable

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Neighbours have gone to war over a ‘sinking suburb’ that’s left some owners with homes at risk of collapse and others with undamaged properties that are rapidly losing value thanks to highly-publicised coverage of the saga.

A handful of houses at Spring Farm, near Camden in Sydney’s south west, are riddled with cracks and falling apart as the ground beneath them gives way, while the vast majority of properties remain unscathed.

Homeowners with damaged properties say the way the site was filled prior to the construction stage caused the land to move and led to dangerous and costly defects. However, unaffected property owners claim it’s the builders’ fault.

Despite most of the 3,500 homes sustaining no damage, the class action – seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages from the developers and Camden Council – is affecting all homeowners.

Dianne Markich, whose home is one of thousands not to suffer any defects, said her property has depreciated in value as a result of the controversial class action that has received significant media coverage.

‘You put your heart and soul into building a house and then a couple of people start the class action and it turns into this [her home being devalued],’ Ms Markich said told Daily Mail Australia.

‘How are they making this a whole class action when it’s just a couple of houses? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with our house or anyone we’ve spoken to.’

A handful of houses at Spring Farm, near Camden in Sydney's south west, have started falling apart and are riddled with cracks as the ground beneath them gives way

A handful of houses at Spring Farm, near Camden in Sydney’s south west, have started falling apart and are riddled with cracks as the ground beneath them gives way

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