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NSW Front Door

NSW: Q&A Is the front door common property or the responsibility of the lot owner?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Is the front door common property or the responsibility of the owner? Do lot owners need to seek permission to install deadlocks?
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QLD Appearance of the lot

QLD: Q&A Renovations and changing the appearance of the lot

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: What permission is required to carry out an extensive renovation of our unit? The renovation will be extensive and we will be changing the appearance of the lot.
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VIC Building Sum Insured

VIC: Q&A Underinsurance, Building Sum Insured and Strata

Renee Cassidy, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
Question: How does owners corporation insurance in Victoria work? What is building sum insured? Would insurance cover our building if several units burn to the ground and we discover we are underinsured by 1 million?
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NSW Acoustic Rating

NSW: Q&A Acoustic rating between apartments in an older block

 Ian Martyn, Core Project Consulting Pty Ltd
Question: The unit below us is complaining of excessive noise being transferred from our unit. Is there an acoustic rating between apartments for noise emanating from a unit in a 1964 vintage apartment block?
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WA External Window Cleaning

WA: Q&A External Window Cleaning - Who pays for this?

Gary Phillips, StrataGP
Question: We have recently had flyscreens on the external windows replaced by strata. We're now wondering, is the strata also responsible for the external window cleaning?
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QLD Cladding Laws

Queensland cladding laws: The cladding bus has left the station

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Every building in the compliance zone is now on the compliance bus. If you are in an affected building you simply must get started now. So, what do you need to do?

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NSW Cranes between neighbours

NSW: What's a Crane Between Neighbours Worth?

Bannermans Lawyers
The land owner of a non-strata title building or the owners corporation of a strata title building will normally own the air-space that a crane would swing through and their consent is required.
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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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News of the Week

Highest density living

The highest density living options in Australia

Tim Lawless, Property Observer
Australia is moving through the peak of an unprecedented boom in apartment construction. Over the twelve months ending March 2018 there were almost 97,000 medium to high density dwellings that completed construction across Australia; a year earlier there were 105,300 projects that finished construction (84% higher than the decade average).

NSW: Proposed amendments for short-term rental accommodation

Exhibition of proposed amendments for short-term rental accommodation

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is calling for feedback on proposed amendments to planning rules in order to provide for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in NSW. 

Following growth in STRA, the NSW Government investigated policy options to regulate the industry in NSW in consultation with communities, councils and industry. As a result of these investigations, the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation announced a whole-of-government framework which includes: 
  • state-wide planning rules 
  • an industry-wide mandatory Code of Conduct 
  • changes to strata legislation
An Explanation of Intended Effect has been prepared outlining the proposed amendments to planning rules and is on exhibition until 16 November 2018.

To make a submission, please visit the website.

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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Melbourne's waste management strategy includes shared garbage compactors and recycling hubs

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