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Happy News Year. Welcome to the first edition of Strata Life for 2019. We have plenty of exciting changes coming your way this year. Stand by for more.

We've introduced the Strata Positions Vacant section. Looking for a change in 2019? Check our exciting jobs (in exotic locations!) towards the bottom of the newsletter. They may be just what you're after.

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Latest Articles

Deferred Payment Strata Painting Contracts

Deferred Payment Strata Painting Contracts – Are They a Good Idea?

David Leary, Leary & Partners 
Whilst it is true that deferred payment contracts, with their regular standard annual payments, can help to smooth the contributions, they are not cheap.

NSW: Q&A Motions on an agenda, Explanatory notes [PLUS a Sample Motion]

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: What are the protocol and procedures for dealing with requests from a Lot owner for an EGM and a motion on the agenda?
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WA Strata Insurance

WA: Q&A Strata Insurance when there's NO common driveway

Leonie Milonas, PSC Property Lync Insurance Brokers
Question: We currently pay Strata Insurance but we do not share a common driveway. We have no other common property. Can we arrange our own strata insurance?  
QLD Body corporate voting rules

QLD: Q&A Body corporate voting rules – What you can and can’t do

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: We are looking for information about the body corporate voting rules for a committee at an AGM who was elected without counting votes.
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NSW Public Liability Insurance

NSW: Q&A Public Liability Insurance and Neighbouring Properties

Simon Plummer, StrataRatings
Question: We are currently trying to gain access to a neighbouring property to perform render repairs and paint but the owner has stipulated that he be fully indemnified for loss or damage to his property whilst work is in progress. 
NSW Dealing With Adjoining Owners

NSW: Under the Ground, Up In the Air and Everywhere In Between - Dealing With Adjoining Owners

Warwick van Ede, JS Mueller & Co
As a strata scheme, you often have to deal not only with your fellow lot owners but also with your “neighbours” outside of the scheme. 
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Last Edition's Star Articles

NSW Foyer Christmas Decorations

NSW: Q&A Foyer Christmas Decorations Purchased by Strata Funds

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We have discussed putting up some foyer Christmas decorations. Some residents have voiced their concerns about strata funds paying for the cost of acquiring the seasonal decorations.

NSW: Strata Managers Beware: Postal service deeming provisions have changed!

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
Strata managers need to be aware of this key change if serving notices by post. Legislation has recently been amended. 

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Big News

VIC Disable access battle

VIC: Elderly disabled woman wins legal battle over access to her Travancore apartment

Allison Worrall, Domain
A 76-year-old woman with physical disabilities forced to ask strangers on the street to help her open the door to her Travancore building has won a significant legal case in which two owners corporations were ordered to pay her $10,000 and install automated doors and ramps in the building.
Opal Tower

NSW: What apartment owners should be aware of following Opal controversy

The Real Estate Conversation
The cracked panel inside Sydney's Opal Tower has not only brought about new legislation from the NSW Government, but also highlighted a common predicament for apartment owners in the state.


Strata Positions Vacant

State: Western Australia
Location: Perth City
Role / Position: Strata Insurance Broking Opportunity
Email: [email protected]
Link: More information
State: Queensland
Location: Townsville
Role / Position: Strata Manager
Email: [email protected]
State: Queensland
Location: Cairns
Role / Position: Strata Manager
Email: [email protected]
Have a strata position to advertise? It's FREE. Contact us here

Breaking News

How safe are Australia's high-rise buildings?

Apartment approvals plummet 54pc, with experts predicting 'further falls' ahead

What lies ahead for the property market this year: more apartments and low interest rates

NSW: 'Huge pressure': Developers cutting costs are root cause of defects

'Absolutely trashed': Opal Tower units torn apart, sparking owner fury
QLD: A bitter dispute over a Surfers Paradise high rise building has resulted in five men being sued

High rise unit owners at risk of paying for defects

Brisbane apartment market forecast to see stronger price growth in 2019: Moody's Analytics

A woman is dead after an incident in Brisbane’s CBD

ACCC recommends immediate overhaul of insurance in northern Australia as costs soar

Brisbane’s Top 5 Iconic Sites to Watch for 2019

VIC: Glass panel explodes on balcony of luxury inner-Melbourne apartment building

Savvy burglars are using short-stay accommodation to hit nearby properties in rising crime trend

How owners corporations could try to stop short stays

WA: Next stage for Landgate partial commercialisation begins

State steps in to stop City of South Perth setting tower height limits


Scarborough residents concerned high-rise development will make suburb overcrowded


ACT: 'Lucky nobody was killed': Window falls from top of 12-storey tower

'Nearing epidemic proportions': Burglars hit new apartment buildings

The developments set to shape Canberra's landscape in 2019

'Fighting tooth and nail': Owners back to court against ACT developer

NT: Real estate agents under investigation in NT as industry strives for 'professional' status

NZ: Buying apartments: What are your rights if it goes wrong?

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

Seniors Rights Service: Strata Living in English Kogarah: 18 Feb, 10 am – 12 pm

UNSW Continuing Legal Education (CLE): Property law update: Sunset clauses; share economy; strata plans Sydney: 21 Feb, 8:30 am – 12:45 pm

Seniors Rights Service: Strata Living in Mandarin Hurstville: 22 Feb, 12 – 2 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Community Title Committee Training Course Chatswood: 19 & 26 Feb, 9 am – 1:30 pm

Our Energy Future: Saving energy in your apartment - Northern Beaches Council Warriewood: 19 Mar, 6:30 – 8 pm


Nightingale Housing: Nightingale 1 private tour Brunswick: 21 Feb, 2 – 3 pm

Nightingale Housing: Nightingale 1 private tour Brunswick: 28 Feb, 2 – 3 pm

Upcoming Events


Stansure Strata - Body Corporate Information Seminar Bundaberg: 11 Feb, 8 am

Stansure Strata - Body Corporate Information Seminar Rockhampton: 12 Feb, 2 pm

Stansure Strata - Body Corporate Information Seminar Gladstone: 13 Feb, 8 am

Western Australia

SCA WA PD - 2019 Strata Outlook Burswood: 1 Feb, 1 – 3 pm

Perth City Farm: Composting 101; Grow - Cook - Connect East Perth: 16 Feb, 9 – 11 am

SCA WA Owner Workshop: Committee Training TBA: 19 Feb, 1 – 5 pm

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