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Reminder: There will be NO Fri edition of Strata Life this week due to the public holiday. We wish you a safe and happy Easter break.

There is so much going on in strata! Check out the Upcoming Strata Events for NAT, NSW, QLD, VIC + WA at the very bottom ⤵️of the newsletter.

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Latest Articles

NSW Lift Maintenance Contract

NSW: Q&A Reducing the Cost of Our Lift Maintenance Contract

Rex Henning, Equity Elevator Consultants and Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We totally replaced our 2 lifts 3 years ago. Now we have a lift maintenance contract. Due to many breakdowns and maintenance visits, we’ve spent about $400 000 over the past 3 years. Does this sound reasonable?

QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Spending Without Required Approvals

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: Our Body Corporate Committee claims reimbursements for body corporate spending directly from the Body Corporate Manager. Are the expenses valid and have the committee members been following correct approval process?
Property Audit & Assurance
WA New Strata Titles Legislation Council of Owners

WA: What Effect Does the New Strata Titles Legislation have on our Council of Owners?

Andrew Chambers, Chambers Franklyn Strata Management
How will the coming reforms in WA affect the way the Council of Owners operates? We cover the major changes you need to know about if you are a part of the Council of Owners in your scheme.
NSW Rally for a New Committee

NSW: Q&A Can We Contact All Owners to Rally for a New Committee?

David Bannerman,
Bannermans Lawyers

Question: The Owners Corporation in our large building is very dysfunctional. We’d like to access to strata roll and write to all lot owners to get them engaged, vote out the committee and establish a new committee.
Express Glass
NSW 2% Bond Scheme

NSW: Update on the 2% Bond Scheme

Bannermans Lawyers
The costs of rectifying major defects, especially in larger strata buildings can quickly overtake the sums available in the bond. This means owners corporations can be exposed to further out of pocket expenses associated with rectification, and/or litigation.
NSW Proxy By-Law

NSW: 5 Most Useful By-laws:
4. Proxy By-Law

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

Number 4 Most Useful By-law is the Proxy By-law. Why is the Proxy ByLaw needed? Why is it useful? From which proxies count to who gets to decide, we take a closer look at this bylaw.

Last Edition's Star Articles

NSW Tenants Attend Strata Meetings

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

Andrew Terrell,
Bright & Duggan
NSW Executive Committee Not Acting Appropriately

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

Leanne Habib,
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NSW: Chartered Accountant & Business Advisors

NSW: Enter the SCA NSW Strata Community and Engagement Award

The City of Sydney is a proud sponsor of SCA NSW Strata Community and Engagement Award which recognises strata schemes that are working to reduce their impact on the environment. Entries are now open and close on 31 May. Calling for nominations from all of NSW. 

WA: Inquiry on Short‐Stay Accom Sector 

Two days of hearings will be held in Margaret River on 30 April - 1 May. Anyone wishing to address the Committee for 3 to 5 mins on these matters can nominate for a session. These public depositions will be recorded and will form part of the official Inquiry evidence for the Committee to consider.

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

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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: RBM 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

LRS: Strata Plan Interpretation Seminar Sydney: 14 May, 2 – 4:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Chatswood: 15 May, 9 am – 1:30 pm

City of Sydney: RBM Training program - Session 2 Barangaroo: 28 May, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

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

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Paws: Living with pets in apartments Sydney: 4 Jun, 6 – 8 pm

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


Nightingale 1 public tour Brunswick: 2 May, 10 - 11 am

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

Upcoming Events


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


Smart Strata: Community Education Seminar - Insurance Readiness Program & Strata Mythbusters! 

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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