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Smart building technology

Smart building technology transforming strata management

WBS Technology
Smart building technology is the use of devices that communicate with one another to streamline the performance of certain tasks. There are immediate benefits for strata and other facility managers available now as well as huge potential as new functionality is developed. 

NSW: Q&A Can Installation of Blinds or Sun Shades for Apartment Balconies be refused? What permissions do I need?

Rod Smith, The Strata Collective 
Question: I plan to buy a sun umbrella as a sun shade for my apartment balcony that I am able to click into a permanent small base on the wall. What am I required to do regarding permissions?
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QLD maintenance of fly screens

QLD: Q&A Who is responsible for the maintenance of fly screens?
Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal

Question: We were recently hit by a hail storm which caused damage to our apartment. Who would be responsible for replacing and repairing our damaged fly screens?
SA Strata Maintenance Responsibility

SA: Q&A Strata Maintenance Responsibility – Painting, windows, balconies

Tony Johnson, Horner Management
Question: We are a self managed 4 unit scheme. We don’t have a sinking fund so strata maintenance and associated costs are handled as required by the 4 owners. But who pays for what?
Strata Renewal

NSW Strata Renewal: Tips For Oc’s – Finding A Way Through The Renewal Maze

Bannermans Lawyers
Level of interest in strata renewal of existing strata schemes continues to increase. When 100% support for a sale is not achieved, a sale is possible as a result of the strata renewal legislation if owners holding more than 75% of lots and unit entitlements are in support of the sale.

NSW Spectacular Failures: Unsuccessful Attempts To Terminate Caretakers

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co Lawyers
Is an owners corporation able to terminate the appointment of a caretaker with whom it is dissatisfied? In recent years, there have been several cases and these attempts have been spectacularly unsuccessful.
Hynes Legal

Last Edition's Star Articles

Q&A Overcrowding NSW

Q&A Overcrowding and Number of Occupants in NSW Apartments

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Spending

QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Spending Without Required Approvals

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal 

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National: Have Your Say and WIN

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Remember if you have already done the survey then you will not be able to undertake it again.
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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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Recent Comments

QLD: .... BC Lawyers vs Caretaker vs BC Managers. The individual owners who seek out committee positions to further their own ambitions or personal whims.
I don’t believe any system is perfect and unfortunately as people seek their own pathways, often its not always to the benefit of [all]. Overall I believe if people commit to the contract it can be of benefit to all owners.

Breaking News

Opal Tower Investigation – Final Report  

NSW: Cladding and cracking towers prompt call for royal commission

NSW state election 2019: Labor to introduce strata commissioner if it is elected

Sydney Records 24pc Drop in Apartment Starts

VIC: Recent amendments to the Local Government Act and Owners Corporations Act

WA: First look at spectacular Perth views from The Towers at Elizabeth Quay

Tenants, building owners urged to get ready early for NBN changeover


First residents move into Stirling Capital’s five-star green-star apartment tower Cirque in Mt Pleasant

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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