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Latest Articles

QLD Boundary and Common Property

QLD: Q&A Boundary and Common Property Issues

Peter Hunt, Mathews Hunt Legal
Question: We are having a boundary and common property issue. We have a window garden which only we have access to. The window box is within our unit footprint but the body corp committee has informed us we need to remove it.

NSW: Fines For Breaching Strata ByLaws

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Is the owners corporation able to issue ‘on the spot’ fines for what they consider breaching strata bylaws? Is this even legal? How do we challenge this?
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NSW: Can I Contact Strata Directly to Organise Repairs to Common Property?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: I have required repairs to common property since I moved in over a year ago. My Real Estate will not assist. Can I contact Strata directly?
Office Bearers Liability Insurance

Q&A Understanding Office Bearers Liability Insurance

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: If an office bearer has legal action against them for a matter that relates to their representation of the body corporate, is the body corporate vicariously liable for the office bearer?
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Strata Insurance Ratings for 2019

Simon Plummer, StrataRatings
Once per year, when a strata schemes insurance comes up for renewal, the owners must appoint someone to put the time and effort into reviewing the insurance options available to the scheme. So what is the best strata insurance on offer for 2019? Use our Rating system to find out.
NSW Hoarders

NSW: Dealing with Hoarders – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Bannermans Lawyers
Why don’t other lot owners like hoarders? Can by-laws create rules to prevent hoarding? What legal action can an owners corporation take against a hoarder lot owner? Can guardianship appointment assist with the removal of rubbish?
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NSW Insurance Commissions

NSW: Q&A Can We Avoid Strata Manager Insurance Commissions?

Mario Esera, HWL Ebsworth
Question: Can a strata manager charge higher strata management fees if a committee decides to place the insurance independently of the strata manager?
NSW Visitor parking spaces

NSW: Q&A Fined for not using the visitor parking spaces

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: I was fined for not parking in a visitor parking space at my girlfriend's apartment. They are pursuing her for the money. Is this parking fine from the owners corporation valid?

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Big News

Opal Tower

Sydney’s Opal Tower residents refuse to move back in and demand mystery report

Stephanie Bedo and Ben Graham, news.com.au
Residents had refused to move back into the troubled Opal Tower building until they received their body corporate’s report into its safety. But despite being reassured from multiple parties certain units are safe to return to, no one is yet to see a sign of the report by Cardno.
ACT Crisis Point

ACT: 'We've reached a crisis point': Experts decry ACT building industry

Dan Jervis-Bardy, The Canberra Times 
The overwhelming majority of high-rise apartment buildings in Canberra are likely to have major defects, industry experts have estimated, with one warning the territory's construction industry has reached "crisis point".


Strata Positions Vacant

State: Queensland
Location: Cairns
Role / Position: Trainee / Junior Strata Manager
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State: Western Australia
Location: Perth City
Role / Position: Strata Insurance Broking Opportunity
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State: Queensland
Location: Townsville
Role / Position: Strata Manager
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State: Queensland
Location: Cairns
Role / Position: Strata Manager
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Recent Comments

NSW: I recently bought an apartment and would like to install fly-screens to the balcony doors. I do not know if this is under Cosmetic / Minor works. Are you able to advise?
National: Wow. I wouldn’t normally comment but this article is incorrect and not factual in a lot of areas. Firstly, not all deferred payment contracts have the payments evenly spread, some have a bulk payment up front followed by smaller payments....... 
QLD: Can you please tell me what the procedures are for a body corporate committee to do when an owner corresponds to the committee regarding a number of different issues e.g. resident caretaker not watering gardens, parking issues, etc. Does the committee need to acknowledge the receipt of his issues and that the issues will be submitted at the next body corporate meeting? Is there a time frame?

Breaking News

NSW: NSW Government unveils blueprint for 17 high-rise towers as part of Waterloo housing overhaul

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VIC: Flicked cigarette blamed for Melbourne CBD fire

Cladding confusion continues


Tradie injured in Docklands apartment fire

ACT: 'Dodged a bullet': Aerial appliance returns hours before use in rescue

NZ: Tenants demand compensation over seven-day notice period

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

City of Sydney: Recycle your unwanted electronic goods Alexandria: 9 Feb, 9 am – 3 pm

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

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

SCA NSW: Masterclass Sydney: 20 Feb, 8 - 10 am

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: Sailing Day Darling Point: 22 Feb, 12 pm onwards

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

Western Australia

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

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

NABERS: Energy & Water for Apartment Buildings Brisbane: 6 Mar


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

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

NABERS: Energy & Water for Apartment Buildings Melbourne: 12 Mar

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