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NSW CrimSafe Window Safety Laws

NSW: Q&A Do CrimSafe screens comply with Window Safety Laws?

Peter Berney, Solutions in Engineering
Question: Could you please tell me whether CrimSafe screens comply with the new window safety laws for apartments.
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ACT Strata Legal Advice

ACT: Q&A Process for Obtaining Strata Legal Advice

Christopher Kerin, Kerin Benson Lawyers
Question: If an Owners Corporation is considering obtaining strata legal advice, does it need to get the consent of the Owners Corporation at a General Meeting first? Also, does the consent by owners need to set a limit on the costs eg $5000?

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QLD Unpaid Levies at Settlement

QLD: Q&A Unpaid Strata Levies at Settlement

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: If there are unpaid strata levies upon settlement of an apartment is a small strata scheme, who would be responsible for the payment of the overdue levies? The vendor, the purchaser, the mortgagee?

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NSW Pets for Units

NSW: Q&A Pets for Units – Can strata say our dog is too big?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Can the Owners Corporation place a limit on the size of pets for units? We have a growing, medium size dog. We are worried strata will decide he is too big to be kept in our apartment.

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SA Common Property Alterations

SA: Q&A Common Property Alterations – Can a single owner veto a decision?

Tony Johnson, Horner Management
Question: To my understanding, every owner has equal right and say for any issue related to common property alterations, including any change regarding its use etc. and could be vetoed by a single vote in the meeting.

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QLD: Q&A Loud Humming Noise in the Apartment – Who investigates?!?

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: After extensive roof repairs, there is a loud humming noise in the apartment each time the below neighbour uses their exhaust fan. Who’s cost is it to determine the cause of the noise? Our Body Corporate wants us to investigate.

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NSW: Changes in Legislation to Annual Fire Safety Statements

Vincent Graham, Project Guides
Back in July 2017 the NSW Government announced a series of building regulatory reforms, largely in respect to fire safety, which came into effect on 1 October 2017. These reforms affect the Annual Fire safety Statement (AFSS) process and some changes may be required.
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SCI Reducing Risk

SCI Autumn Forums: Demystifying Claims – Practical Solutions to Reducing Risk

Paul Keating, Strata Community Insurance
The positioning of the 2018 Autumn Forums focused on ‘Demystifying Claims’. It was about giving Strata Managers practical solutions to understand typical claims and why some claims are denied.
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NSW: Q&A Protocol for having automatic garage door openers installed

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: What is the protocol for a lot owner to have automatic garage door openers installed to an existing garage door in a Strata Complex? We all have our own individual garages; however I am curious to know if there is any protocol in having such a device installed.
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News of the Week

Charlestown Building Defects

NSW: Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison slams government over unit buyer protections

Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald
“Crippling special levies have been raised by the owners corporation to pay for rectification works and some owners are facing having their homes or investments sold from under them so the owners corporation can collect the levies,” Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison said in a speech to Parliament last week.
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Embedded Networks

How an Embedded Network Works - from a Body Corporate Perspective

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Glenda from TopNotch Legal interviews Julie McLean from Ace Body Corporate. Together they unpack what is an embedded network, and how body corporations, strata corporations or owners corporations can benefit by buying electricity in bulk. Julie is a body corporate manager who has vast experience in how embedded networks work.
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NSW: Lucy Turnbull says Sydney isn’t full… 2GB listeners flood the open line to disagree

The Ray Hadley Morning Show, 2GB 873AM
Ray Hadley has offered an open invitation to chauffeur The Greater Sydney Commission’s Lucy Turnbull around Sydney after the PM’s wife claimed the city is “far from full”.

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 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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