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NSW Short Term Accomodation

NSW: Changes to Laws Regulating Short Term Accomodation

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co
In 2018 the NSW Government announced its intention to make changes to the laws regulating short term accommodation in NSW. The Government proposes to make three key changes to those laws. In this article we take a closer look at those changes.
QLD Strata Title By-laws Lawful

QLD: Q&A Is our Strata Title By-laws About No Pets In The Foyer Lawful?

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal 
Question: One of our Strata Title By-Laws seems unreasonable. Although we are allowed pets, the pet must not be walked or carried through the foyer. The alternative route is not suitable for me due to health reasons.
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NSW BBQs on Apartment Balconies

NSW: Q&A Is a ByLaw needed for BBQs on Apartment Balconies

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata and Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
Question: Should we have a bylaw allowing residents to have a BBQ on their apartment balcony? If we have no bylaw and a BBQ becomes a fire hazard, will the Strata Committee Members be held liable?
ACT New Strata Management Company Fees

ACT: Q&A New Strata Management Company Fees

Jan Browne,
Whittles Strata Partners

Question:  Our new strata management company has claimed administration fees from the two months before they took over. Is this usual practice?

NSW Common Property

NSW: Some Common Property Just Reached Into My Pocket

Bannermans Lawyers
The NCAT Appeal Panel has recently found that NCAT has unlimited jurisdiction when it comes to making an owners corporation pay compensation to a lot owner for reasonably foreseeable loss arising from a failure to maintain common property.
NABERS for Apartment Buildings

NABERS for Apartment Buildings

Andrea Quintero, HFM Asset Management
A NABERS rating allows owners, strata managers, building managers and investors to benchmark the efficiency of a building regarding its use of energy and water for normal operations, against similar buildings across Australia.
Property Audit & Assurance

Last Edition's Star Articles

NSW illegal parking notice

NSW Case Study: Is your illegal parking notice just an empty threat?

Sophia Jiang, Omega Legal  
WA Strata Titles Amendment Act 2018

WA Strata Titles Amendment Act 2018: duties of a council member and how to protect yourself from liability

Glenn Scott, Civic Legal

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National: Have Your Say and WIN

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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. LAST DAYS!

Breaking News

Why developers are delaying or abandoning half the apartments they planned to build

NSW: Short Term Letting and Airbnb Adrian Mueller Talks Live with News Corp Australia’s ‘Your Money' [VIDEO]

ACT: Canberrans cooking in territory's faulty towers, says crossbencher

VIC: New Victorian laws to get tough on dodgy developers using sunset clauses to be introduced to Parliament


NZ: Why Auckland apartment values are increasing while Australia tanks

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

Your Strata Property: Better Buildings [Webinar] 28 Mar, 12 – 1 pm

SCA (NSW): 2019 Industry Briefing Session | Protection in Business The Rocks: 28 Mar, 8 – 10 am

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Why good governance matters Sydney: 2 Apr, 6 – 8 pm

SCA (NSW): Masterclass Sydney: 9 Apr, 8 – 10 am

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: The Handover: From developer to owners Sydney: 9 Apr, 6 – 8 pm

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


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

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

Upcoming Events


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


Nightingale 1 public tour Brunswick: 4 Apr, 10 - 11 am

Nightingale 1 public tour Brunswick: 11 Apr, 10 - 11 am

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

SCA WA: Strata Management Practice Standard (SPS) - Workshop Two Subiaco East: 24 Apr, 8:30 am - 12 pm
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