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QLD Appearance of Lot

QLD: Q&A Appearance of Lot. What constitutes a breach?

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: We put a cat enclosure on our balcony and received a breach notice under the Appearance of Lot bylaw. Isn’t a cat enclosure just like outdoor furniture? Why is no-one else in breach?
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NSZW Companion animal

NSW: Q&A ‘No Animals Allowed’ – not even a companion animal

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: There are a number of very vocal apartment owners in my building who are against animals of any type, including a companion animal.

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WA Repair Phone Line

WA: Q&A Strata refuse to repair phone line – it’s ‘not need as emergency service’

Gary Phillips, StrataGP
Question: The phone line to our unit is damage within common property space. Strata refuse to repair the phone line stating it is not required for any medical or emergency purpose. Is this right?
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QLD Resident Managers

QLD: Q&A We Feel There is a Lack of Support for Resident Managers

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: Our Body Corporate did not pay us for services carried out whilst we were Resident Managers. We liaise with 76 other resorts and managers in the area and it seems there is little protection or assistance for the owners of Management Rights.

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NSW Storage on common property

NSW: Q&A Lot Owner’s items lost from storage on common property

Andrew Terrell, Bright & Duggan
Question: I’m having a dispute with our strata manager about some of my items which have been lost from storage on common property. The items were removed in error. Who is responsible and can I expect reimbursement?
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QLD Debt Recovery

QLD: The timing for body corporate debt recovery proceedings is clarified

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
The confusion over the time limit a body corporate has to commence recovery proceedings for body corporate debts has been clarified by the Court of Appeal.

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Electricity Offers

Understanding an Electricity Offer

Ben Chester, Locality Planning Energy
Since August 2017, when the Prime Minister summoned electricity retailers to Canberra to see what could be done to improve the consumer electricity price point, electricity offers have been a point of contention. One of the only things to genuinely come out of the meeting was reform by way of the pricing information that is published by retailers, and effectively ‘sold’ to consumers.
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NSW Fibre Optic to Lots

NSW: Q&A Fibre optic upgrade to individual units. Who pays?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Where will the financial responsibility lie for the fibre optic upgrade to individual units, assuming a majority of the owners corporation want direct fibre to their home?
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QLD Car Park Storage

QLD: Q&A Car Park Storage. Furniture … tyres! I want this rubbish gone!

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: What are our rights as renters in regards to storage in our car space?

We want to put up a keter plastic shed as we are on short lease to store my husbands animal traps and stuff in but the committee won’t allow it even though the owner said yes.
WA Interest on Overdue Levies

WA: Q&A Charging interest on overdue strata levies. Is there a formula?

Phil Langton, Langton Strata Management
Question: I have recently been hit with over due levies for two quarters. Levies are $405 a quarter with $82 for sending a notice and $15 interest. My overdues amount is around $250 which I am trying to break down.

Basically my unit was vacant for a few months and being managed by a real estate agent. I put in $1500 after a few months to cover various expenses. Its only after I reviewed my bank statement that I found the extra cost and subsequently found out there was an ongoing email war between the real estate and the strata manager which I was unaware of. Is there any where I can go to get some resolution on this?

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Chambers Franklyn Strata Management

Chambers Franklyn Strata Management

WA: Strata Management Perth
We specialises in the management of residential and commercial strata properties in Western Australia. We have more than 20 years of experience in the industry and a team of professional strata managers supported by dedicated administrative staff.
easyTrades Australia Pty Ltd

easyTrades Australia

NSW: Commercial | Strata | Painting | Remedial Repair
Does your strata or commercial building need some love? easyTrades can help you to mitigate risk and show your property in its best light. easyTrades comprehensive service is designed with owners and tenants of multi- dwelling apartments and commercial buildings in mind. 
QUS Strata Insurance

QUS Strata Insurance

Aust Wide: Strata Insurance distributed via insurance brokers
Now in our tenth year of operation, our business was born out of the belief that we could create a better model for strata insurance: a model capable of delivering more positive outcomes for everyone involved. Our model is different because we only deal with insurance brokers.

Aust Wide: A better online strata experience
We are an online platform that enables committee members, owners, residents and strata managers to efficiently and securely manage their communications and administrative requirements. Specifically built for strata & packed with features that make it unique.

News of the Week

Shoe-box apartments

Shoe-box apartments won't meet family-friendly housing demand as millennials come of age

Stephanie Chalmers, ABC News
The tiny inner-city apartments built during the boom of the past decade are unlikely to meet the needs of Generation Y as they grow older.
QLD Car Sharing

QLD: Car parks for car-sharing

RACQ Media
Brisbane City Council looking to overhaul the city’s planning rules to allow incentives for developers to include car-sharing arrangements in new residential buildings.
Ups and Downs Vertical Living

Reflections: The ups and downs of a vertically integrated life

Alex McClintock, Domain
The A4 piece of paper was the first thing my girlfriend and I saw when we moved in. Taped to the glass door of our new inner-Sydney apartment building, it invited newcomers to be part of the block's private Facebook group. We moved into our one-bedroom unit and promptly signed up, figuring it was as good a way as any to meet the neighbours. Our requests to join were approved within minutes.

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.

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