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NSW: Q&A Strata Manager Complaints and Unprofessional Advise

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We got several pieces of advise and recommendation from our Strata Manger – some of those pieces are very unprofessional, not applicable or totally ignoring previous recommendations given. Where can I make strata manager complaints?
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QLD Exec positions

QLD: Q&A Can Chairman Hold All 3 Positions on the Executive Committee?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: At our recent AGM, our chairman received majority votes (9 votes for all executive positions). Our Body Corporate Managers advised us that it is legal for one person to hold all three positions on executive committee.

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ACT Checking for asbestos

ACT: Q&A Checking for asbestos while replacing the roof

Christopher Kerin, Kerin Benson Lawyers
Question: We are undertaking a roof replacement. Should the Contract with the roofing firm contain a clause regarding checking for asbestos in eaves and cladding prior to acceptance of a quote by owners?

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Property Audit & Assurance
VIC Rising Insurance Costs

VIC: Q&A Rising Insurance Premiums due to multiple break ins

Tony Overell, The Knight
Question: Our complex has had multiple breakins at the same entry point. As we are facing rising insurance premiums, can we mandate that insurance claims will not be accepted unless the targeted premises are secured by deadlocks or security doors on external entrances?

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NSW Fair Trading

NSW: Fair Trading Providing Incorrect Information About Window Safety Devices

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co
Information on the NSW Fair Trading site is resulting in some incorrect conclusions that it is possible for an owners corporation to relieve itself from the responsibility for installing window safety devices.
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Pay for power

We Pay for Power – Paying Your Strata Levies on Time

Bailey Compton, Leverage Group – Solicitors & Academy
Failure to pay strata levies leaves you disenfranchised and without a vote. In other words, if your levies are not up to date you will not be permitted to vote at an annual general meeting or extraordinary general meeting.
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NSW Notice to Comply

NSW: Q&A Can a Strata Committee Member send their own Notice to Comply Letter?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Can one member of Body Corporate Committee send their own breach of bylaw letter to an owner without contacting other members of the Body Corporate to discuss?
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NSW High Rise living

NSW: How can we ensure healthy high-rise communities?

Cameron Jewell, The Fifth Estate
Last week the City of Sydney revealed a program to improve connection amongst its high-rise residents, following a survey that showed half weren’t satisfied with the sense of community, and about the same percentage didn’t think they could reach out to neighbours for help.
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NSW: Have Your Say on changes to the Strata Building Bond & Inspections Scheme

The proposed Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Building Defects Scheme) Bill 2018 is now available for public consultation. The proposed amendments seek to enhance the ability of Fair Trading to verify the building contract price (on which the 2% building bond is based), and to clarify the role of the building inspector in the scheme.

Visit the Fair Trading website for more information on how you can have your say by Friday 11 May 2018.

NSW: Have Your Say on Short Term Letting

A message from Karen Stiles, OCN:

State Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, has launched a petition to have short term letting debated in NSW parliament.  He needs 10,000 signatures.  They must be original signatures so people need to print, sign, and mail/drop off to his office. 
We urge NSW LookUpStrata readers to sign, put up in their lobbies, and share with their committees and other lot owners.

Independent MP Alex GreenwichThere has been a strong supportive response to my petition calling for owners corporations the authority to control short term letting in their building, including to place limits beyond state controls or to ban the practice outright. If you support this approach, please sign and collect signatures. Print petition HERE.

NSW: Report a scheme not complying with window safety device requirements

To report a strata scheme that is not complying with the window safety device requirements, send an email to [email protected] along with the following information:

  • your name and contact details
  • the address of the strata scheme
  • the managing strata agent's name and contact details (or Secretary's details, if there is no managing agent).

Quick QLD Q&A

We sometimes receive interesting questions into the site which aren't quite long enough to create into a post. We thought we'd share some here. We recently received the following question:
Q: Can a body corporate bully a resident into having to give up their exclusive use area for a car park.
Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal replied: 
A: An exclusive use park is on the title to a lot in effect so it is the lot owners to retain. A body corporate cannot make anyone give up a right like that.

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