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NSW Trees and Hedges

NSW: Q&A Strata Title Trees and Hedges – What Can & Can’t the OC do?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Our boundary hedge overlapped common property. With no consultation, 2 committee members arranged for it to be trimmed severely resulting in damage to the fence. How can this be right?
QLD Secret Ballot be Kept Secret

QLD: Q&A Can Signatures on a Secret Ballot be Kept Secret?

Peter Hunt, Mathews Hunt Legal 
Question: If the body corporate passes an ordinary resolution that a particular vote is to be by secret ballot, can the signatures to the request be kept secret and if so, how?
NSW When are Special Levies Due?

NSW: Q&A When are My Special Levies Due?

Andrew Terrell,
Bright & Duggan

Question: I understand when my levies are due for payment. Does the 30 day required notice period apply to Special Levies?

QLD: Building Management Statements – what are they?

Natalie Nordlof,
Archers the Strata Professionals

Does your building have retail or commercial lots below or mixed with the residential lots? Chances are your Body Corporate is part of a Building Management Statement (BMS). So, what is a BMS?
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Strata Managers: how do you handle a crisis?

Strata Managers: how do you handle a crisis?

Lia de Sousa,
Whitbread Insurance Brokers

As a Strata Manager, it is up to you to take the lead when a crisis event occurs. From consulting with the Owners Corporation and tenants to dealing with external agencies such as the fire brigade or civil engineers, a Strata Manager must govern the response to a crisis from start to finish, ensuring all key stakeholders have been included and looked after.
NSW Animals and hard surface floors

NSW: Animals and hard surface floors in strata schemes: an update

Allison Benson,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

A by-law containing an outright prohibition is likely to be held to be harsh, unconscionable and oppressive and may be invalidated by the NCAT. Contemporary community standards need to be considered as does whether the by-law attempts to regulate behaviour regulates in the Act itself.

Last Edition's Star Articles

NSW Short Term Accomodation

NSW: Changes to Laws Regulating Short Term Accomodation

Adrian Mueller, JS Mueller & Co
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 

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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

Risk for Developers and Apartment Buyers ‘Elevated but Contained’: RBA

NSW: Before and afters: Gosford apartment transformation

QLD: Unit complex break and enters on the rise, West End

VIC: Prahran vendors lose out selling apartments covered in combustible cladding


Cladding, short-stays and rooming


Fresh round of legal challenges over apartments with flammable cladding

WA:  Luxury Elizabeth Quay apartments boast never-before-seen technology

NZ: $40 million leaky building repairs: Auckland's Victopia tower remediation to take two years

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

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities Sydney: 30 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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