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Please note: There will be NO Fri edition of Strata Life next week (19 Apr) due to the public holiday. We wish you a safe and happy break [and we'll still see you on Wed (17 Apr)].

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Latest Articles

NSW: Q&A Tenants at the Dinner Table - Can Tenants Attend Strata Meetings?

Andrew Terrell,
Bright & Duggan

Question: We live in a small strata complex where half the residents are tenants.

Can tenants attend strata meetings and hold positions on the committee?
QLD Management Rights

QLD: Management Rights, Extensions and the Committee’s Decision

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: Our committee is considering rejecting the proposed assignment of management rights by the current manager. Our solicitor will engage an “independent” person to make a decision on the suitability of the proposed assignee and has advised the Body Corporate should follow this recommendation.
SA Repair and Maintenance of Windows

SA: Q&A Who is Responsible for Repair and Maintenance of Windows

Flavia Ger,
Ace Body Corporate Management

Question: One of the unit owners has cement in between the brickwork on the exterior of their unit breaking and also around their windows. Who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of windows and window tracks?
NSW Executive Committee isn’t Acting Appropriately

NSW: Q&A If Executive Committee isn't Acting Appropriately

Leanne Habib,
Premium Strata

Question: We have a toxic person on the strata executive committee who is suing the owners corporation and planning a leadership spill to take over as chairman. How do we handle this?
Express Glass

NSW New case law: managing agent and landlord found liable for their tenant’s fall in her apartment

Sophia Jiang, Omega Legal
A recent case is a stern reminder (with a $330,000+ price tag) to stay on top of periodic inspections and maintenance and repair works on your premises to avoid being sued for negligence by your tenant.

NSW: 5 Most Useful By-laws:
3. Parking By-Law

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

No. 3 Most Useful By-law is the Parking By-law. What does it do? What doesn't it Cover? From parking rules to permits, we take a closer look at this bylaw.

Last Edition's Star Articles

QLD Front Door Mat

QLD: Q&A Can We Have Front Door Mat in the Foyer?

Peter Hunt,
Mathews Hunt Legal
NSW Master Renovations By-law

NSW: 5 Most Useful By-laws: 2. Master Renovations By-law

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

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NSW: Enter the SCA NSW Strata Community and Engagement Award

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North QLD: Register for the Strata Title Inspection Program

Registration is Now Open! The North Queensland Strata Title Inspection Program is a three year project that is the development and carrying out of an inspection and assessment program for Body Corporate properties in North Queensland.

VIC: Owners Corporations and Other Acts Amendment Bill

The release of the exposure draft provides a final opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the proposed reforms before the Bill is finalised for introduction into Parliament. Submissions close 10 May, 2019

Breaking News

Apartment values tipped to drop 6 per cent amid Crown sale talk

Does your state have the worst strata laws in Australia?

Housing with no serious faults and buyer protection – is that too much to ask of builders and regulators?

Construction Downturn Slows in March, Apartment Building the Weakest Sector

NSW: A win for off-the-plan buyers in NSW – developers can no longer use sunset clause for financial gain

QLD: ‘We could end up with nothing’: Victims battling for insurance months after rain swamps Townsville


Townsville revisited: unhappy customers 'don't tell whole story'

Builders Risk Licence Suspension After Watchdog Crackdown

VIC: Fire tower tenants had belongings removed without consent

Melbourne City Council push for relief fund for cladding crisis

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities Sydney: 30 Apr, 6 – 8 pm

City of Sydney: Residential Building Manager Training program - Session 1 Barangaroo: 1 May, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

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

Women In Strata: Charity Karaoke Night Sydney: 30 May, 6 – 10 pm

FMA: Resi Strata Info Network Session - Fire Sydney: 3 Jul


Smart Strata: Community Education Seminar - Insurance Readiness Program & Strata Mythbusters! Townsville: 8 May, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Smart Strata: Community Education Seminar - Insurance Readiness Program & Strata Mythbusters! Cairns: 9 May, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events


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


Nightingale 1 public tour Brunswick: 18 Apr, 10 - 11 am

FMA: Resi Strata Info Network Session - Fire Melbourne: 4 Jul

Western Australia

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

SCA WA: PD - Defects: Asking the right questions at the right time All SCA Members Welcome! Bentley: 9 May, 8 - 10:30 am

SCA WA: Owner Workshop - Open Panel Session Wembley: 16 May, 2 - 5 pm
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