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Body corporate spending limits

QLD: Body corporate spending limits

Frank Higginson
Hynes Legal

The Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCM Act) sets out a number of spending limits, some of these intersect with others. Some need to go to general meeting and some depend on the number of lots in the scheme.
The rules relating to them are scattered across the relevant Regulation Modules. This post sets them out in one place.
The major categories of spending include the committee spending limit …Read more…..
annual fire safety statement

NSW: Annual Fire Safety Statements: What Are They Good For? Sometimes, Absolutely Nothing!

David Bannerman and Carlo Fini
Bannermans Lawyers

Building owners will be familiar with the legal requirement to lodge a fire safety statement with the local council and fire brigade every year. This requirement is set out in the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 (Regulation).
The process usually involves a fire serv….
Wild weather

NSW: Wild Weather & Damage – the Owners Corporation’s Duty to Maintain and Repair the Common Property

Allison Benson,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

With the gale force winds and torrential rain overnight cutting power, trains and flooding roads this is a quick refresher for owners corporation’s and lot owners on what their respective duties are when common property is damaged.An owners corporation has a strict duty to maintain and repair the co….Read more…..
fire evacuation plan

QLD: Fire evacuation drawings – the cost of not doing them

Peter Greenham,
Independent Inspections

With the latest events regarding the evacuation of buildings, it has become apparent that planning for emergencies is becoming even more important than it has been treated before.
An evacuation drawing provides a guide to the safest route – the evacuation route – for the exiting of a building. The Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 states that:
5 (1) An evacuation route, in rela….
strata maintenance

Top Maintenance Issues Strata Managers Need to Watch For

Chris Walsh,
Houspect WA

Though individual owners are responsible for maintenance issues within their lots, strata managers are still faced with the responsibility of maintaining all common areas. While this does reduce some of the burden on strata managers and owners corporations, it’s still of vital importance that managers have a clear understanding of the more common issues, all of which require prompt attention. These can include rel….Read more…..
Strata Levy Recovery

NSW: Levy Notices for Levy Recovery Actions

David Bannerman and Carlo Fini
Bannermans Lawyers

The NSW Court of Appeal’s decision in Chua v The Owners – Strata Plan No 40301 [2014] NSWCA 306 (27 August 2014) highlights the importance to a successful levy recovery of being able to prove that a strata manager sent a levy notice for a special levy to the lot owner.
The Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 distinguishes between regular periodic levies (usually the quarterly levies for the admini….Read more…..
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