ITA Buttrose
ITA Buttrose

Ita claims builder failed inspection

ITA Buttrose is suing a builder for $60,000 over a report he did for her on a house she bought in Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Ms Buttrose described herself to Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court as a businesswoman, journalist, author, television panellist and presenter, professional speaker and spokesperson, editor, publisher, and company director.

"My curriculum vitae is attached to this statement and marked 'A'," her claim tendered to the court says.

Buttrose, the founding editor of Cleo magazine, paid $760,000 in 2003 for a house as part of a lifestyle change, the court was told.

It offered privacy and light and served as a base for her to write a book entitled Motherguilt.

But after finishing that book in late 2004, Ms Buttrose told the court she noticed cracks in the house, a leaking roof and doors that would not shut.

A number of inspections agreed the house's foundations were compromised.

Ms Buttrose told the court Berrima builder Greg Morrison should have noticed the damage under the house, saying she had relied on the builder's report before buying the house.

She claims Mr Morrison failed in his duty to properly inspect the property and provided a report that was inaccurate and misleading.

Repairs to house, at the cheapest quote, cost more than $30,000, the court was told.

Ms Buttrose is claiming a total of $60,000 in damages.

Defence barrister Nicolas Nicholls told the court his client was only contracted to perform a visual inspection of the house.



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