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Our thoughts go out to all affected by the flooding in North Queensland. The QBCC North QLD Flood Register is now live and will let you search for licensed contractors to help with repairs. 

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Latest Articles

NSW: Resident Safety and Dealing with a Violent Visitor in Strata

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: A regular visitor to our building has exhibited violent behaviour to lot owners and we are concerned about resident safety. How do we proceed to protect neighbouring lot owners?

QLD: Q&A Boundary Fence Does Not Reflect Plan, Title or ByLaws

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal 
Question: We’ve discovered that the fence line of a Unit doesn’t agree with the plans or surveyed title documents or By-Laws. Would the Body Corporate be within its rights to fence that piece of land off and use it for other purposes?
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ACT: Q&A New Strata Management Company Wanted [Template Included]
Jan Browne, Whittles Strata Partners

Question: We are looking to test the market for a new Strata Management company. Can you send me a template or some information the committee could use to put a set of specifications together?

WA: Collapsed Retaining Wall. Can I Claim on Strata Insurance?

Leonie Milonas, PSC Property Lync Insurance Brokers
Question: My retaining wall is collapsing and the pavers are falling in. Can I claim the repairs and rectification on my strata insurance?
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SA: Q&A How can I gain approval to renovate my lot?

Flavia Ger, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: How to I gain approval to renovate my lot? I wish to update my garage and change the roof. The other lot owners do not agree with my proposed changes.
Victoria Nation-Wide Cladding Ban

Victoria To Push For Nation-Wide Cladding Ban

Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning
The Andrews Labor Government will push for a nation-wide ban on combustible cladding to further protect Victorians from being exposed to unacceptable fire risk.

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QLD Maintaining Common Property

QLD: Q&A Who is Responsible for Maintaining Common Property – Exclusive Use Areas?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
NSW Owners Corporation Meetings

NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Meetings – Correspondence, Times and Frequency

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata

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Big News

Beyond Opal Tower

Beyond Opal: a 10-point plan to fix the residential building industry
Geoff Hanmer, The Conversation

Failure of Opal Tower highlighted the poor quality of speculatively built multi-unit housing in Australia. So far, the reaction from government has been a knee-jerk promise to crack down on shonky building certifiers.

More Perth buildings identified in cladding audit

Gareth Parker, 6PR882
The Department of Building and Energy has revealed an increase in the number of buildings containing potentially flammable cladding material have been referred to local governments, 18 months after the deadly Grenfell Tower fire.

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Recent Comments

QLD: Does the president of body corporate has the right to be in charge of the body corporate fund or should it be in the hands of someone outside the corporate area?
NSW: The copper telephone wire is the communication hub for the building. When all communication coming into the building was by phone or fax, it did the job. But now that the communication coming into the building requires a more modern type of cable to carry it, the owners corporation needs to upgrade. It’s that simple.....
QLD: Are there any templates or examples of ‘On-site’ manager contracts, stating exactly what the duties of a building manager are?

Breaking News

Only a matter of time until high-rise disaster strikes again in Sydney

'No-brainer': how food scraps, sewage can power apartments

Don’t overlook residents’ role in apartment building safety

Challenging Conditions in the Major Apartment Markets

The building mess: ministers are meeting – we’re all looking at you now

Concrete manufacturers seek tougher rules after cladding fire

Old problems in new high-rise [PODCAST]

NSW: 'Appalling': Contamination probe delay at a sprawling Sydney housing estate

Average Sydney strata office sale price breaks $1.5 million

Cladding Registration Deadline Looming. Follow our 5 Step Guide

NSW to rebuild trust in high-rise towers

QLD: Council Votes to Ban Apartments in Brisbane's Suburbs

QBCC North QLD Flood Register Now Live

VIC: Smoke alarm system 'dilapidated' before fire ripped through CBD tower

Melbourne apartment buildings to be re-checked for flammable cladding after Spencer St fire

Residents should be told if their building has flammable cladding, MFB says

'We've the worst cladding ever': Apartment block not on council list


Angry residents locked out of fire-damaged Melbourne high-rise for another two weeks


Gurner St Moritz $30m penthouse breaks Melbourne record after being sold to Antony Catalano


Cladding audit found Melbourne apartment tower posed 'moderate' fire safety risk


ACT: Aerial appliances to boost high-density fire-fighting capacity


'Uninhabitable': Geocon settles lawsuit over alleged defective home

WA: Margaret River pushes for “enforceable” laws to limit WA short lets

Perth's rental market is surging, but a 'dampening blanket' lies over a wider housing recovery

Mandatory meth testing on the cards for WA rental homes in Australian first

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

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


Fire Safety & Cladding Summit Gold Coast: 26 - 27 Feb

BCCM: Enforcing body corporate by-laws Webinar: 27 Feb, 2 pm

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

Upcoming Events


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

Western Australia

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

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

SCA WA: Strata Management Practice Standard (SPS) - Workshop One Subiaco East: 27 Feb, 8:30 am – 12 pm

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