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NSW Security and Insurance

NSW: Q&A Security and Insurance issue due to shop customer’s access to common areas

Scott Driscoll, Strata Community Insurance
Question: In our mixed use building, a shop allows customers to enter secure residential areas to access toilet facilities. How does this affect our building’s Security and Insurance?
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Property Audit & Assurance
ACT Common Property Boundary lines

ACT: Q&A Where do my Common Property Boundary Lines Lie?

Jan Browne, Whittles Strata Partners
Question: Due to a water leak at our building between the internal walls of two units, we are trying to locate the common property boundary lines. Is there a resource to assist for ACT Strata Schemes?
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NSW Disruptive meetings

NSW: Q&A Strata Disputes Resolution and Divisive Disruption of Meetings

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata 
Question: What rights of refusal (or banishment) does a Strata Committee have when a disruptive Owners Corporation member insists on attending, and then refuses to maintain their role of a silent observer by interjecting and essentially sabotaging Strata Committee proceedings?

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QLD Meeting minutes

QLD: Q&A Accuracy of Body Corporate Committee Meeting Minutes

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: I’m questioning the accuracy of body corporate committee meeting minutes of our Annual General Meeting. I’ve found that although I did attend this meeting I was not included in the list of attendees of owners and committee members.

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NSW Debt Recovery

NSW: Q&A Strata plans and their debt recovery procedures

Rod Smith, The Strata Collective
Question: Our strata is requesting we pay a special levy as over 10% of lot owners have failed to pay their strata fees. I do not want to pay this special levy. What will happen to me?

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SA Accidental cover

SA: Q&A Accidental damage caused by the upstairs lot owner

Tony Johnson, Horner Management
Question: If water damage has been caused by a faulty tap in the upstairs unit, can the downstairs owner claim accidental damage for the repairs to the building such as ceilings and walls?
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QLD: The BUGTA law reform recommendations paper has been released

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Although there are probably bigger fish to fry for the majority of strata title owners in Queensland, for those who are in BUGTA regulated buildings this is a much bigger deal.
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StrataLoans Inforgraph

What Are Strata Loans Used For?

StrataLoans Infograph
Celebrating StrataLoans Second Birthday! The size of loans over the past two years has varied considerably with the smallest being just $3,750 to the largest being $5,000,000. The purpose of these has also varied from painting and refurbishments to balcony repairs and legal costs. 
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NSW Illegally Parking

NSW: Removing Illegally Parked Vehicles

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co
The Supreme Court has rejected a proposal by an owners corporation to upgrade its common property in a way that would have impeded access to an owner’s car space. What are the broader implications of this case?
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News of the Week

NSW Airbnb law

NSW government to impose 180-night cap on Airbnb properties in Sydney

Lisa Visentin & Alexandra Smith, The Sydney Morning Herald
The NSW government will regulate Airbnb-style letting by imposing a 180-night cap on the number of days investor properties can be rented in Sydney, and will give strata corporations the power to ban short-term letting in their buildings.
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Strata Sector

Sector with almost $1 trillion worth of assets that's run mostly by volunteers

Ryachel Clun, The Sydney Morning Herald
With an insured value of almost $1 trillion, covering 2.6 million lots and directly employing 9000 people nationwide, the strata sector is an important part of the Australian economy. That's according to the first comprehensive national report of its kind into the strata sector, co-authored by University of NSW associate professor Hazel Easthope.
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Strata Community Environmental & Engagement Award 

CHU SCA Awards 2018
The City of Sydney is sponsoring the Strata Community Environmental and Engagement award at the 2018 CHU Strata Community Awards.

The award recognises strata schemes that have improved environmental performance and is a great way of increasing awareness of programs and initiatives being undertaken by strata buildings.

Nominations are now open for the awards. All strata schemes in NSW are eligible to apply, including non-members of Strata Community Australia.

Award nominations close 13 June 2018. Enter now

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 NSW 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 you control what someone installs or parks in a carport?
Leanne Habib, Premium Strata replied: 
A: Yes, to some extent the Owners Corporation may control what someone stores/parks in a carport. This is generally done through the “in keeping with the appearance of the building” by-law. Alternatively, it can be controlled through the “storage of flammables/toxic items” by-law. Some schemes have a by-law that nothing other than a motor or other approved vehicle may be stored within the carspace/carport – ie no storage of any items whatsoever like luggage, white goods, storage boxes etc. However, under the new legislation no by-law may be harsh or oppressive.

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