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NSW Safety Audit Report

NSW: Q&A Safety Audit Report. Who is Capable For Auditing Risks We Can’t See?


Strata Community Association (NSW)
Question: Our recent AGM mentioned a Safety Audit Report and we are being encouraged to appoint a consultant to prepare an audit of all those things that we cannot see! Can this be done in-house?
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SA Roof Inspection

SA: Q&A Strata Maintenance. Notice required for roof inspection?

 
Flavia Ger, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: How much notice should my strata corporation give for a roof inspection? The presiding officer said she had no need to inform me. Is this true? I would have thought at least 48hrs notice was necessary.
 
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QLD Tow a car

QLD: Can a Body Corporate Tow a Car?

 
Answered by Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: I have a problem with my parking space. I run the business at the medical building. My lot get one parking which I clearly put the sign up that it’s only MY NAME who can park there, still, loads of car parked there and it’s really stress me out!

I now put up a sign saying “You are parked ILLEGALLY. Your number plate has been noted. You will be towed if you park here again”. Then, someone tore my sign off.

I contact numerous times to Body Corporate, before this, I kindly asked for CCTV footage because my car got crashed in the parking lot and since then until now (More than 1month), I have not received any CCTV footage yet. My Body Corporate works slow, helpless, and rude. Do you have any suggestion regarding this matter? I have no idea what to do!

 
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Electronic Voting

Electronic Voting: Strata and the 21st Century

 
Bailey Compton, Leverage Group – Solicitors & Academy
The beauty of an electronic meeting is that it stops the conflict. People can vote secretly, without being bullied or confronted by their detractors. It allows sufficient means of voting.
 
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NSW: Q&A Strata Manager Complaints and Unprofessional Advice

 
Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: What can a lot owner do about committee and strata manager complaints when they have no support from other lot owners? Is “corruption” only an issue at our strata? Do lot owners at other strata complexes have the same feelings but don’t know what to do?
 
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ACT Floorboards

ACT: Q&A Can you install floorboards in strata units in older buildings in Canberra?

 
Answered by Jan Browne, Whittles Strata Partners
Question: A floating floor was layed in the apartment above me in 2016. I continually hear noise from jumping, dropping items, constant movement of furniture and what sounds like a ball bouncing. This has been driving me crazy for two years now. Am I being oversensitive? The situation is no longer amicable. They feel it is not their problem, but between the owner and me. Am I unreasonable? What can I do to get my sanity back? [paraphrased by admin]
 
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SA Committee

SA: Q&A No Officers of the Strata Corporation at our Small Scheme

 
Answered by Tony Johnson, Horner Management
Question: I am a proxy at a small block of units in SA. One of the units in the block has multiple joint owners. And one of these owners held the positions of secretary, treasurer and presiding officer. This person that has held all these roles recently resigned. But she was also doing the job of Strata manager without the appointment to any of these positions. She self-appointed herself and used bullying tactics, intimidation & our ignorance to do these roles.
Can the person who resigned still stand for treasurer, secretary or the presiding officer position? Can 2 lots Owners from the same unit take on positions, one being on the committee and the other being Strata Manager?

 
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NSW Common Property Q

NSW: What Do I Own and What is Common Property?

 
Answered by Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We are currently in dispute with the OC over who is responsible for the cost to repair the fence gate in our courtyard. The fence gate is located at the rear of the courtyard that provides rear lane entry into our townhouse and is also the divider between the street and the lot. The Strata Plan has a notation that states that all fence boundaries in the courtyard is common property.
 
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QLD Strata Search

QLD: How Do You Do A Strata Search And Can I Do It Myself?

 
Answered by Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: I am having trouble finding the boundary of my strata titled unit in a retirement village. What would be the best way that I could get a copy of the plans?

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NSW Exec Committee positions

NSW: Q&A How long can member hold positions in executive committee?

 
Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: How long can a strata committee member or chairperson hold positions in the executive committee? Also, can the committee engage designers without lot owners agreeing to this appointment?
 
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News of the Week

Dissolve Strata Title

Evictions versus holdouts: How to painlessly dissolve a strata title


Duygu Yengin, University of Adelaide and Jonathan Pincus, University of Adelaide, via Domain
Should private citizens be allowed to force the sale of a neighbour’s property against his or her will? Let’s ask the question another way: is it fair that just one neighbour, or maybe a small group of neighbours, should be able to block the sale or redevelopment of someone else’s property?
QLD: Green roofs

QLD: ‘A Jungle of Rooftop Greenery’: Council Makes Green Roof Push


The Urban Developer
Developers will be encouraged to include rooftop gardens and communal space on new apartment projects under proposed changes to Brisbane’s City Plan.
 
WA Reforms stalled

WA: More delays as Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 is referred to the Standing Committee of Legislation


REIWA
Part 12 of the Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 has been referred to the Standing Committee of Legislation. Part 12 (Termination of Strata Schemes) will be examined by the Committee while the remainder of the legislation will be debated by the Upper House in coming days.

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.
 
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