This article is about the announcement made by the Queensland Government on 16 February 2023 about upcoming proposed changes to the Qld body corporate legislation. The new laws passed Queensland Parliament on 14 November 2023. What does that mean? Find out in this short video by Chris Irons from Strata Solve.
The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory published a Media Statement on 24 Aug stating “Attorney-General introduced the Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 (the Bill) into the Queensland Parliament today.” On the 14 November an announcement was released to say the new body corporate laws had passed in Queensland Parliament. For the ultimate overview of what this means, when the laws will come into effect and what you need to do now, watch this quick video from Chris Irons. To get the full details of all of the changes, watch the previously recorded longer video featuring Chris with Frank Higginson from Hynes Legal.
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LookUpStrata held a special webinar session back in August 2023 with Frank Higginson from Hynes Legal and Chris Irons from Strata Solve to cover all the new QLD strata laws in detail. You can watch the engaging conversation below.
There were big announcements in Queensland on 16 February 2023 about major structural reforms to body corporate legislation.
The update represent some of the most significant changes to Queensland’s body corporate legislation in decades. Of course, we are talking about prohibiting smoking in outdoor areas such as balconies, the ability to tow, pet ownership and scheme termination. Those are some of the headliners, but there are also changes to:
- alternative insurance,
- enhancing strata managers’ and caretaker’s code of conduct and
- streamlining body corporate administrative and procedural matters.
So, what happens now? Where are we at with the proposed changes and what does it mean for the Bill to be introduced to Parliament?
Here is a little more details about what’s coming:
- scheme termination – with the support of 75 per cent of lot owners, where the body corporate has agreed it is more financially viable for lot owners to terminate rather than maintain or remediate the scheme
- smoking – the ability to prohibit smoking in outdoor and communal areas like balconies to better protect residents from secondhand smoke
- pets – bodies corporate would be prevented from banning pets except in specific circumstances
- towing – allowing bodies corporate to tow vehicles that are preventing access or causing a hazard
- disputes – making it easier for residents to lodge disputes
Chris and Frank talk about expected timeframes, what a second lot of changes may be and what strata managers, lot owners and committee members need to do.
This post appears in Strata News #662.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article and video is not legal or professional advice nor should it be used as a substitute for such advice. You should seek legal advice for your specific circumstances before relying on any information contained in this post.
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