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NSW: Q&A Water Dripping Over Balcony From the Neighbour Above

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: How can I stop my upstairs neighbour from washing down their outdoor area, sometimes with bleach, causing water dripping over my balcony? This disturbs the use of my property. What rights do I have to make them stop?

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QLD: Q&A Privacy and Disclosure in Communications with the Committee

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: Can I make communications with the committee private by including words like ‘private and/or confidential and/or privileged’ in whatever I send?

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NSW Air Conditioning

NSW: Q&A Apartment air conditioner installation & an air conditioning bylaw

Andrew Terrell, Bright & Duggan
Question: How do we go about apartment air conditioner installation? Do we need a lawyer to write an air conditioning by law?
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ACT: Q&A Notice of Decision for the Removal of a Tree on Common Property

Jan Browne, Whittles Strata Partners
Question: We have received a Notice of Decision, Tree Protection Act 2005 for the removal of a tree located on the common property of our unit title. Who is responsible for the cost?
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WA Common property use

WA: Q&A Why Contribute to Common Property You Do Not Use?

Strata Community Association WA
Question: One lot owners wishes to create a by-law that exempts them from levies that are used to maintain our common driveway. Not all lot owners agree.

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QLD Insurance increases cladding

QLD: Q&A Insurance Increases Due To (Safe) Cladding

Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
Question: Our insurance has doubled over the past 12 months. We have a green board cladding, which has been certified as safe, on our buildings. Is there some sort of lobby group tackling this?
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NSW: Advanced Levy Collection: Collecting the Uncollectable

Faiyaaz Shafiq, JS Mueller & Co
In NSW a court judgment obtained against a lot owner for outstanding levies, interest and costs can be enforced in several ways depending on the amount involved and what assets if any, the owner holds. One way of enforcing a judgment for at least $10,000 is by issuing a writ against the owner’s property. This is very rarely done and until recently this procedure had never resulted in payment of a court judgment for overdue levies.
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Home Insurance Calculators: Are they worth the risk?

David Leary, Leary & Partners
There is no shortage of sites advertising access to online home insurance calculators – but are they worth the risk? The risk is that you may end up with insufficient cover in the event of a fire or you may pay way more than you need to for the level of cover that you actually require.
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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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NSW Better Business Reforms

Power back in the hands of strata owners and tenants with better business reforms

Minister for Better Regulation
Home owners and tenants living in strata schemes will no longer be locked into uncompetitive long term contracts for gas and electricity under the NSW Government’s Better Business Reforms. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said some strata schemes are currently bound to long-term utility contracts through up-front agreements made by developers. “These contracts are unfair for hard-working home owners and renters,” Mr Kean said.

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.

QLD: Renting Reform

Help to open doors to renting reform in Queensland by sharing your experiences as a tenant, property owner or property manager.

How do you feel about renting and how well the system is working?

Complete the survey and help shape the future of renting in Queensland.

This survey closes at 5PM AEST on Friday 30 November 2018.

To complete the survey, 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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