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QLD Gym Removed

QLD: Q&A Apartment Gym Equipment Removed Without Consulting Lot Owners

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: The manager in our building removed our gym. This was the only apartment gym equipment in the building. This was done with no consultation whatsoever with lot owners or residents.
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NSW Noisy Neighbour Floorboards

NSW: Q&A Noisy Neighbour Replaced Carpet with Noisy Vinyl

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: A noisy neighbour has replaced carpet with vinyl boards. This renovation was done without owners corporation approval. The increased noise transference permitted through the new vinyl flooring is unacceptable to neighbours who have complained accordingly.
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ACT Unauthorised Alterations

ACT: Q&A Unapproved alterations – remove at the owners expense

Christopher Kerin, Kerin Benson Lawyers
Question: Unapproved alterations have been made to the exterior of many townhouses in my scheme. Can the Body Corporate request to have these unapproved fixtures removed at the owner’s expense?
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QLD Bullying

QLD: Chairperson ordered to stop bullying a caretaker

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
We have been waiting for a while, but we finally have a decision from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that gives some guidance about whether the sort of conduct we regularly see in terms of committee and resident manager communications constitutes bullying.
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NSW Common Property

NSW: When a lot owner wants to expand into part of the common property

Samantha Saw, Speirs Ryan
More lot owners are considering expanding into the roof space or basement of a strata scheme adjacent to their lot. Doing so can have benefits but there are different approaches and conflicting views on whether an owners corporation is obliged to agree.
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Smart Apartment Technology

Smart Apartment Technology: Making Apartment Living Easier

The LookUpStrata Team
Smart apartment technology has improved apartment living by introducing exciting products and services that keep you more connected, organised and comfortable.

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QLD Duties BM

QLD: Q&A Duties of a Building Manager & Providing Relevant Information

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: We are experiencing unprofessional conduct from our onsite managers who are providing personal information about lot owners. The police have been involved. We receive no support from the Body Corporate Managers and Committee.

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QLD Parking

QLD: Q&A The First rule of Visitor Parking in Apartments – umm, it’s for visitors!

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: The most recent article on Visitor Parking has prompted a question. Staff (employed under a contract) by the Building Managers are being allowed to park in Visitors car parking spaces while they are working on site.

The Body Corporate has attempted to prevent this however the Building Managers contends that the housekeeping staff are actually “visiting” lot owners in order to clean the units.

Can the Body Corporate prevent the Building Managers staff/contractors from using the visitors car parking spaces?

Window Locks in QLD

The Guide to Window Locks Legislation 

Peter Berney, Solutions In Engineering
Question: Windows opening 125mm in high rise units. Will that apply to QLD strata schemes?
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Aust Wide: Mobile App Tenant Engagement and Strata CRM
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News of the Week

VIC Airbnb changes

VIC: Premier says Airbnb rules may change after teen's death in tower block

Clay Lucas, The Sydney Morning Herald
Premier Daniel Andrews says he is "open" to tightening short-stay rental laws in the wake of the killing of a 19-year-old woman in a tower dominated by Airbnb lettings.
NSW CoS Solar

NSW: Sydney’s rooftop revolution: why we’re on the path to 100% renewables

City of Sydney
"...we plan to launch a solar concierge service. If you’re an apartment owner in the City of Sydney area, you’ll be able to call a number and ask for advice. You’ll be given cost breakdowns to take to your body corporate. You’ll be guided through the quoting process. We’ll make it easier for you."
VIC Disabilities

Supreme Court rules in favour of Victorians with disabilities: Owners corps to pay for modification works

Allison Worrall, Domain
Apartment owners could have to pay for additional building works following a Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for Victorians with disabilities.


WA Elizabeth Quay

WA: Perth’s new luxury apartments

The Twin Towers on Elizabeth Quay will be joined by the Ritz Carlton and the developers are confident both projects will buck the downward trends. The Twin Towers consists of 374 apartments - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom boasting 'forever uninterrupted' water views. 70% of the development has sold. A 2 bedroom apartment will set you back $1.2M. Or how about the three storey penthouse at just $12M?

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.

QLD: Have Your Say on BUGTA

A message from Department of Justice and Attorney-General:

Before making any decisions about possible changes to the BUGT Act, the Queensland Government would like to hear your views about QUT’s recommendations.

You are invited to provide feedback on QUT’s recommendations to harmonise some provisions of the BUGT Act and the BCCM Act to provide bodies corporate operating under the BUGT Act with a more contemporary body corporate legislative framework.

Consultation closes on 24 August 2018.

Find out more HERE.

WA: Have Your Say on Strata Fees

WA Apartment Advocacy is conducting a Survey on Strata Fees. 

This survey is for lot owners: both owner occupiers and investors.

The survey can be completed HERE. Results will be published via the WAAA site next month.

Quick QLD Question

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: We have a leak coming through our laundry roof that has flooded our laundry for the 2nd time. We live in a strata high-rise in Surfers. Who is responsible?
Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal replied: 
A: It all comes down to who is the person responsible for maintaining the cause of the leak. The only way to really find this out is have a builder inspect and provide a report showing what is causing the leak.

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