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This week, we have compiled a list of some of our most read articles this year. Revisit some you loved, or others you may have missed along the way. Maybe you're just a new subscriber and you've never seen some of these great articles. So, what are our MUST READS so far in 2018? Check out the list below.

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Must Read Articles

NSW Smoking in Strata Buildings

NSW: What are the rules around smoking in strata buildings?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
The new NSW legislation introduced in November 2016 recognised smoking may cause nuisance or hazard to another person. How has this changed the rules around smoking in strata buildings?
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QLD Visitor Parking

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

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: One lot owner abuses our visitor parking in apartments 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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Low Body Corporate Fees

How To Find Units With Low Body Corporate Fees

Lisa Rutland, mybodycorpreport.com.au
Average body corporate fees in south east Queensland run around $5,000 - $6,000 per annum. That’s $96 - $115 per week. Many are a lot higher. The highest levy I've ever seen was around $25,000 p.a. or $480 per week. And of course, many levies are much lower than that average. The lowest levy I've seen was $165 per annum which was for a body corporate that was a narrow slip of land between some houses and the ocean. So why do body corporate fees vary so widely?
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VIC Common Property

VIC: What's yours and what's common property?

Stephen Raff, Ace Body Corporate Management
Questions are commonly received by strata managers from owners about common property boundaries along the lines of ‘What is mine and what is part of common property’. The list of questions can be somewhat exhaustive and often requires viewing the property’s plan of subdivision, however, we have attempted to address some of the more common areas of concern for owners and offer some insight.

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WA Corrupt COO

WA: How to handle a strata manager or council of owners who are not working in your interest

Sandy Papalia, Realmark Corporate
Choosing a strata manager is one of the most important decisions for property owners to make. But what happens if you become disenchanted with your strata manager because you believe they’re not meeting their contractual obligations?

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Balcony will leak

If It Has a Balcony, It Will Leak

Paul Evans, President - Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW)
Why is my balcony leaking? This article looks at reasons your balcony may be leaking and some successful remedial waterproofing systems to solve your leaking balcony problems.
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ACT Smoking

ACT: Q&A Bylaws to ban smoking in apartments

Jan Browne, Whittles Strata Partners
Question: Are there any laws that support the idea to ban smoking in apartments in the ACT? Is there any information available on this topic?
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SA Who is my strata manager?

SA: Q&A Who is My Strata Manager? How Do I Find Out Who Manages the Building?

Tyson D'Sylva, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: I have asked my rental agency "who is my strata manager" – but the contact they provided is incorrect and they are not interested in telling me more.

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Last Edition's Star Article

NSW Windows

NSW: Q&A Are windows strata responsibility – cleaning and repairs

Andrew Terrell, Bright & Duggan
Question: One of the lot owners of our apartment complex raised the question of who should pay for the cleaning of the exterior glass panel windows?

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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.

WA: Have Your Say on Short Term Accommodation in Strata

Have you experienced short term accommodation in strata?
SCA (WA) wants to hear from you!

SCA (WA) is currently seeking feedback from strata managers and SCA owner members on on their experience with short stay accommodation in strata schemes. To complete the survey, please click on the appropriate box.

NSW: Apply for the Smart Green Apartments Program

A message from City of Sydney:

Smart Green Apartments is an award-winning free program provided by the City of Sydney to help make buildings more energy and water efficient. To date we've helped more than 50 buildings in the local area save thousands of dollars each year on running and maintenance costs.

Applications close on 14 September 2018.

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