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Strata Finance

Strata Finance: The guide for Owners Corporations

Marcelle Van Der Merwe, Capita Finance Solutions
Why would an owners corporation / body corporate need to access strata finance? Our handy guide on strata loans will explain the options for funding unexpected expenses.
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NSW: Q&A Strata Management Companies authorised to act as “debt collector”

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: After calling our new strata management company for information, I have personally been charged a sum. Until the invoice is paid, I am unfinancial. Are strata management companies authorised to act as a “debt collector” for the owners corporation?
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QLD Disability Access

QLD: Q&A Are we required to upgrade our building for disability access?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: In Queensland, do existing bodies corporate have an obligation to update buildings specifically for wheelchair and disability access without any other improvements being made to the building?
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NSW Blinds and Sun Shades Approval

NSW: Q&A Can Installation of Blinds or Sun Shades be refused?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: My apartment is west facing and the balcony and bedrooms are almost unliveable in Summer. My Strata Committee has declined my request to approve outside awnings without giving reasons. What redress do I have please?

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WA: Q&A Changing from Strata Title to Green Title – Is this possible?

Strata Community Association WA
Question: I live in a complex of six units with the only common area is the driveway. Why can’t we become a Green Title? If we can, how do we go about doing this?

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NSW Electronic voting

NSW: Q&A Can we hold Electronic Meetings and have Electronic Voting?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Can we hold a meeting electronically and just have everybody use electronic voting on the issue of a special levy via email to our strata manager rather than having another face to face meeting?
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QLD Body Corporate Insurance

Queensland body corporate insurance obligations

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
You may not be happy with your insurance quote, but do you have a choice as to whether you insure your strata title property or not? When it comes to insurance obligations in strata, this post covers the basics.
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NSW: Confirmed! The Tribunal will overrule strata pet bans

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property
No more strata pet bans! NCAT has confirmed it will invalidate strata by-laws that place a blanket prohibition on the keeping of animals in a building.

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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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NSW Fire Safety Statements

NSW: Changes in Legislation to Annual Fire Safety Statements

Answer provided by Graham, Project Guides
Question: Can you please advise as to who is the “Owner” of a strata building? Our strata manager refuses to sign this document.
Qld Storms

QLD: Top tips for Bodies Corporate dealing with Storm Damage

Answer provided by Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
QuestionIs the following AGM resolution valid as it relates to insurance – That the insurances set out below be confirmed and that (name of the Strata Manager) be authorised to obtain quotations and renew the insurances for the next twelve month period unless instructed to the contrary by the committee. There is a schedule attached setting out the policy numbers, underwriter, current to, risk type and coverage amount. Can the AGM ratify an insurance policy retroactively?

News of the Week

NSW Defects

Wicked problem facing Sydney homeowners

Ross Taylor, The Sydney Morning Herald
Only 49 per cent of Sydney residents will live in detached homes by 2024, according to Urban Taskforce Australia, and 51 per cent in units and townhouses. But many of these higher density dwellings will be designed and built with major defects - and the homeowner won't even know until it's too late.
NSW New Solar

Sydney apartment block becomes its own solar energy retailer

Energy Matters
A high-tech Sydney apartment building has turned solar energy retailer to knock around 20 per cent off residents’ power bills. Apartment solar energy has been an elusive concept, but this may be the start of a new approach. Burcham’s body corporate manages the scheme and takes a share of the profits. However, income received exceeds the money spent on powering common areas. This therefore reduces overall strata fees.
ACT Builders bond

Strata group calls for ACT government to introduce building bonds

Katie Burgess, The Canberra Times
Forcing developers to pay bonds on apartment blocks they build could improve construction quality in Canberra, the ACT's peak strata body says. Kerin Benson Lawyers recently told an ACT Legislative Inquiry it had advised 80 property owner corporations in relation to building defects since 2010, although apartment owners in buildings above three storeys had "no recourse against their builders whatsoever" to fix defects.

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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Combustible cladding: Sahil Bhasin of Roscon explains the problem, its causes and its costs [PODCAST]

NABERS’ new tool is looking at you tenants

NSW: Sydney’s Vacancy Rate Highest in 13 Years

QLD: Pest control in a community titles scheme

Video Surveillance in a body corporate

Frequently asked questions - debt recovery

VIC: Middle-aged woman uses a metal rod to casually rifle through apartment block's letter boxes and steal dozens of packages in brazen late-night theft

Victoria cladding replacement loan scheme unworkable, industry says

ACT: $1 billion: The high price of dodgy building work in the ACT

WA: Property Council Welcomes Progress on Strata Law

Changes to 'boot-a-granny' strata laws mooted by parliamentary committee

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