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Refinancing your home loan

Strata Owners: Why refinancing your home loan may be a good idea and why it could prove difficult

Marcelle Van Der Merwe, Capita Finance Solutions
Renegotiating or switching your loan with your existing bank can save you a bundle. When negotiations fail to result in a competitive offer and a switch does not suit your future goals or current situation, it’s time to consider refinancing your home loan. Here are 5 things that could make moving your loan to a different bank more difficult, or in some cases impossible.
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NSW Common property defects

NSW: Q&A Reimbursing Lot Owner for Repairs Due to Common Property Defects

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: The floor in a lot's kitchen has to be repaired because of concrete cancer. The lot owner now wants the owners corporation to pay for a new kitchen.

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QLD Pet Approval

QLD: Q&A Pet Approval … but only on certain conditions

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: A lot owner is seeking pet approval. They have had a dog previously and paid no heed to the bylaws. Will a condition setting out our right to rescind permission assist?
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WA Dangerous Trees

WA: Q&A A Dangerous Tree and Insurance Implications

Leonie Milonas, PSC Property Lync Insurance Brokers
Question: I’m searching for some information regarding the level of responsibility and legal liability that a lot owner has when they have a dangerous tree on exclusive use of common property areas.
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SA Emergency plans

SA: Emergency Plans and Evacuation Diagrams – Who needs them and who pays?

Alan Short, Fire & Emergency Services SA Pty Ltd
We often get asked one of two questions - Do I need to have an Emergency Plan and Evacuation Diagrams? and I’m a tenant in a larger building, do I need to prepare the Emergency Plan and Evacuation Diagrams or does the Body Corporate / Landlord / Strata Manager? We provide an answer to both of these questions.

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NSW Basement waterproofing

NSW: Q&A Basement waterproofing – No Support from Committee or Strata Manager

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Water has been leaking from our front yard into the car park below for a few years without resolution. Must I use the strata’s expensive contractor for the basement waterproofing? How do I get the committee to act?

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NSW Timing of the AGM

NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Meetings – Times and Frequency

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Are there rules concerning the actual time of day when an AGM is held? Last year our AGMs commenced at 3 pm with the consequence that only 7 out of 24 lot owners were able to attend.
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News of the Week

WA Flying Car Launch Pad

WA: Flying car launch pad to be built on North Fremantle apartment block

Kent Acott, The West Australian
Work will begin next month on Australia’s first residential apartment block to include a vertical take-off and landing space to accommodate flying taxis and delivery drones. The take-off and landing space will essentially be a rooftop helipad, but with access that will allow each resident to easily collect drone deliveries or to wait for and catch a flying taxi.

WA: Have Your Say on Entertainment Noise in the Northbridge Area

WA Government is seeking input from the WA public about proposed reforms designed to preserve Northbridge’s vibrancy

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation have prepared a joint discussion paper, Planning for Entertainment Noise in the Northbridge Area: Public Consultation Paper. This paper outlines proposed reforms that address the issue of entertainment noise impacts in the Northbridge mixed use entertainment precinct.

The reforms aim to achieve an effective balance between protecting the economic viability of entertainment activities and minimising the impact of entertainment noise from venues on existing and future noise sensitive development.
The Online Survey is open until 26 Nov.

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