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Q&A Overcrowding NSW

Q&A Overcrowding and Number of Occupants in NSW Apartments

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: If an apartment is tenanted, how many occupants are allowed in a 2 bedroom unit? I suspect overcrowding in the apartment next door to ours.
QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Spending

QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Spending Without Required Approvals

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal 
Question: A casual conversation between lot owners has been taken as approval to carry out improvements although the required body corporate spending process was not adhered to. Costs have blown out. Who is responsible for the overspend?
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SA: Q&A Strata Voting Rules When Strata Manager Holds Proxies
Alice Rogers-Ross, Ace Body Corporate Management

Question: When voting on change of strata management at the AGM, how can the strata manager vote with their proxies to keep his contract? Surely this is a conflict.

NSW: How Do We Make Money From Visitor Spaces?

Bannermans Lawyers
Owners Corporations have a variety of options to generate revenue from their common property. A question which frequently arises is whether schemes can sell or lease their visitor car parking spaces on the common property to lot owners or third parties.
Blackburne Strata Management

NSW: OCN Steps Into The Breach on Flammable Cladding!

Karen Stiles, Owners Corporation Network (OCN)
In response to the increasing need for information and assistance, OCN is inviting affected strata committee members, strata managers, and building and facilities managers to a seminar:
Don’t Get Burnt by Flammable Cladding

Lacrosse fire ruling sends shudders through building industry consultants and governments

Geoff Hanmer, UNSW
So shocking is the VCAT decision to architects that the national president of the Australian Institute of Architects suggested in an email to members last Friday that they might need to seek counselling.
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Last Edition's Star Articles

NSW: Repeated Breaches - The Washings on the Balcony!

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata

NSW: Last Gasp For Smokers in Strata

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QLD: The first cladding stop is approaching 

An important reminder from Hynes Legal:

We don’t need to rehash what we have written previously about the state government’s cladding laws but you can read the article again if you want to.

The date for all buildings that are caught by the cladding regulations to effectively opt out of the regime (if that is the case) is 29 March.  If you don’t opt out, your building is going to stage two, with the consequential costs, even if it is not caught.

If you haven’t looked at the cladding issue, the time is nigh.
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National: Have Your Say and WIN

Would you like to win a $1000 prepaid visa? Then complete this short survey on behalf of Australian Apartment Advocacy so that they can lobby government and developers for better outcomes for those of us who choose to live and own apartments as our preference. The link for the survey is HERE and you have until 31 March to complete.
Remember if you have already done the survey then you will not be able to undertake it again.

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Recent Comments

QLD: If the Government was even half serious about 25 year contracts, it could start introducing 3 year contracts (not retrospectively) and then potential caretakers would not have to borrow from the banks to fund the ridiculous good will that attaches to Management Rights (MR) that cost unit owners millions of dollars over the 25 years. 
NSW: My building was built in 1972, 12 apartments, brick built and the only aluminium is the window frames. The fear and scare mongering since the fires in London has made our body corp to seek a cert when there is no panelling anywhere obviously we all pay, another furphy and keeping someone in a job.
QLD: Can the owner of one lot in a Body Corporate nominate themselves for the position of Secretary and ordinary member of the committee at the Annual General Meeting?

Breaking News

New apartment market to show signs of recovery in 2019: Urbis

Stop fiddling while towers burn

NSW: Neighbourhood centres heading into strata territory

New Naremburn terraces to have solar battery power and residents zero energy bills

“A ghetto of tall towers”: City of Sydney’s new plans for Waterloo

QLD: Boutique Apartment Developments Key in Brisbane Market

VIC: Smoke and mirrors cloud the cladding issue

Lacrosse apartment owners awarded $5.7 million in damages after flammable cladding blaze

Builder suspended by Victorian authority over substandard Melbourne developments

WA: New CEO announced for Landgate

Foreign buyer slug set to crimp rising apartment sales

Perth's Northbridge a solid choice for investors

Upcoming Events


2019 SCA Conference Auckland, New Zealand: 11 - 13 June

New South Wales

SCA (NSW): CPD Parramatta: 12 Mar, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

SCA (NSW): CPD Kirribilli: 14 Mar, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

OCN: Don't Get Burnt by Flammable Cladding! Sydney: 16 Mar, 10 am – 1:30 pm

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

Waverley Council: How to combat bad behaviour in your apartment building Bondi Junction: 20 Mar, 7 – 8:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Young Strata Network Darlinghurst: 22 Mar, 6:30 – 9 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Chatswood: 8 May, 9 am – 1:30 pm

Upcoming Events


SCA (QLD): 2019 Conference - I ❤️Strata Gold Coast: 13 - 15 Mar

SCA (QLD): Committee Training Spring Hill: 28 Mar, 2 - 5 pm

Strata In Skirts: Speed Networking
Fortitude Valley: 29 Mar, 8 pm


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

Western Australia

SCA WA: SCA A100 Introduction to Strata For Strata Managers, Industry Profs & Lot Owners. Bentley: 1 - 3 Apr, 9 am - 3 pm

SCA WA: PD - The Four Pillars of Property For Strata Managers, Industry Profs & Lot Owners. Burswood: 10 Apr, 8 - 10:30 am
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