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Welcome to your Friday Edition of Strata Life!

Check out our MEGA event section at the very bottom of the newsletter. We have special messages from the City of Sydney team for those in NSW and the Actsmart team for those in ACT:

NSW: The City of Sydney is kicking off another series of FREE strata workshops. We are covering topics from Levies to Governance to Living with Pets + more.

ACT: Strata managers and residents are invited to attend the FREE 2019 Actsmart Business Expo on 12 September. This is no ordinary expo. It’s Canberra’s biggest business expo showcasing the latest technologies in waste, water energy and solar. Attend a masterclass, enjoy networking and see over 40 exhibitors. Come and find out how Actsmart can support your owners corporations with sustainability advice and rebates.

Find out details in the Upcoming Events section below

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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

NSW: Q&A Lockboxes and Key Safes for Access to Apartments

Rod Smith, The Strata Collective
Question: Can an Owners Corporation ban owners from installing key safes or lockboxes on the exterior of a building? Can this be passed as a by-law or can the onsite manager enforce this rule?
QLD Fire Audit and Fire Door Compliance

QLD: Q&A Fire Audit and Fire Door Compliance

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: A lot owner has installed a digital lock on their fire door. They are away and an audit has deemed the fire door non compliant. What should the Body Corporate do?
Westside Fire Services

WA: Q&A What Do Strata Levies Cover? How are Levy Increases Calculated?

Shelley Fitzgerald,
Allsorts Community Strata

Question: Our latest strata fee notice shows an increased from $197 to $279 a quarter. Can the strata company increase the levies by any amount they want?
NSW Short Term Accommodation Laws

NSW: Proposed Changes – Short Term Accommodation Laws

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co

The NSW Government is currently implementing a new regulatory framework for the short-term rental accommodation industry. Have your say before the 11 September. 
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Building Defects Bill

Property Pain: Homeowners $10.5 Billion Building Defects Bill
Poor construction standards have left new homeowners battling leaks, cracks and other problems. To deal with the issues 60% of apartment owners facing defects had to contribute to a sinking fund and 24% were forced to pay special levies to fund the repairs.
Would You Buy a New Apartment?

Would You Buy a New Apartment? Building Confidence Depends on Ending the Blame Game

Geoff Hanmer, UNSW
Confidence in buying an apartment in a new building will not be restored until all the governments act together to improve regulatory oversight and deal with existing defective buildings.
Express Glass

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NSW Owners Corporation Meetings

NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Meetings – Correspondence, Times and Frequency

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
QLD Building Faults

QLD: Q&A Who Do We Pursue for Building Faults in our Strata Scheme?

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal

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Have Your Say...... 

NSW: Short-term-rental Accommodation Reforms

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Department of Customer Service are seeking feedback on the draft instruments and Regulations that will introduce the state-wide planning framework and mandatory Code of Conduct for short-term-rental accommodation (STRA). The proposed changes are outlined in a Discussion Paper, which also seeks feedback about introducing a new industry-led STRA property register.  Public feedback is invited up to 11 September 2019.

VIC: Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods 

You are invited to provide feedback on the proposed external amenity standards for apartment developments. Submissions welcome until 27 Sept 2019.

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Western Australia

SCA WA Conference

Upcoming Events


Rise: 2019 Griffith University Strata Title Conference Gold Coast: 4 - 6 Sep

New South Wales

Your Strata Property: How to combat bad behaviour in your apartment building Bondi Junction: 9 Sep, 6:45 – 8:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Dubbo: 10 & 11 Sep, 9 am - 1:30 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Levies: A planning essential for strata Sydney: 17 Sep, 6 - 8 pm

ACRA & SCA (NSW): Breakfast Q&A Strata Focus Panel Discussion Lavender Bay: 18 Sep, 7:30 - 9 am

Strata Community Insurance 2019 Spring Forum: Building Defects “A Common Phenomena” Sydney: 18 Sep, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 The Handover: From developer to owners Sydney: 24 Sep, 6 - 8 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Chatswood: 25 & 26 Sep, 9 am - 1:30 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities Sydney: 1 Oct, 6 - 8 pm

NSW Fair Trading: Role of the Committee - Webinar 3 Oct, 2 - 3 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Why good governance matters Sydney: 29 Oct, 6 - 8 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Paws: Living with pets in apartments Sydney: 12 Nov, 6 - 8 pm

Australian Capital Territory

Actsmart: Business Sustainability Expo Woden: 12 Sep, 10 am - 5 pm

Upcoming Events


Strata In Skirts: Spring Soiree Charity Lunch Kangaroo Point: 18 Oct, 12:30 - 3:30 pm

The BCCM office: Body corporate seminars

Western Australia

SCA A100 - Intro to Strata Subiaco: 2 - 4 Sep, 9 am - 3 pm

SCA WA: Working through Change Bentley: 26 Sep, 8 - 9:30 am

SCA WA: PD Strata Plans & issues they raise Bentley: 17 Oct, 2 - 5 pm

SCA WA: 2019 Convention & Awards Gala Burswood: 8 Nov, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Landgate Reform Community Information Sessions

Making Strata Better: Strata Overview
Strata in Focus: 17 Sep Government & Industry Q&A: 13 Sep
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