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Concrete cancer

NSW: Q&A Concrete Cancer an Informing All Lot Owners

Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
and Rod Smith, The Strata Collective

Question: When it comes to informing lot owners about concrete cancer, when does the executive committee cease to act in good faith for all owners and not just a few of the executive committee?
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QLD Visitor parking

QLD: Q&A One Lot Owner Abuses Our Visitor Parking

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: One lot owner abuses our visitor parking by allowing their friends to park in the space all weekend or overnight. What right do we have to police this?

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NSW Child window safety devices

NSW: Q&A Lots Not Cooperating For Child Window Safety Devices

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata and
Anthony Shakar, ASQB Window Safety

Question: Two lots in our building have not cooperated with the fitting of child window safety devices. Can our building still get a compliance certificate, excluding these lots or are we able to enter and fit without their permission?

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SA Maintenance

SA: Q&A Strata Maintenance Responsibility – Painting, windows, balconies

Tony Johnson, Horner Management
Question:Is painting the units and external windows part of the strata maintenance responsibility or should this be paid for by individual lot owners?

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WA Strata Insurance

WA: Q&A What insurance do I need for a strata property?

Leonie Milonas, PSC Property Lync Insurance Brokers
Question: What insurance do I need for a strata property? We are looking at purchasing a property that is part of strata that was formed pre 1985.

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NSW A/C Maintenance

NSW: Q&A Strata Maintenance Responsibilities: Air Conditioning Unit

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: What are the Strata maintenance responsibilities for the repairs of air conditioners when each unit has an outdoor air conditioning unit within the lot boundaries of each residence and not on common property?

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ACCC Nth Qld Insurance

ACCC Preliminary Findings into North Queensland Strata Insurance Market

Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
The Australian Consumer & Competition Commission (ACCC) has released an update report, the ACCC Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry, for their inquiry into the availability and affordability of strata insurance and home and contents insurance across North Australia.
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Strata Managers Future

What Will the Strata Manager’s Role Look Like in the Future?

Daniel Hunt, Ace Body Corporate Management
Technology and automation will undoubtedly change the role of a strata manager in the coming years as the industry embraces change and owners demand greater transparency in relation to their strata community.
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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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WA: Residents of blue-ribbon suburb protest high rise development

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: I own a unit on the Gold Coast where a pipe has a leak in the floor slab, which is common property.
The strata manager has advised that even though it is acknowledged as common property, due to the fact that it services only one lot's hot water etc, it is the lot owners responsibility.

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal replied: 
A: The body corporate manager seems to be correct – if utility infrastructure only services one lot the lot owner is responsible for its maintenance.
Section 157(3)(b) of the Accommodation Module sets out the rules for this.

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