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Welcome to your Wednesday 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: The Owners Corporation Threatens the Right to Access My Lot

Sophia Jiang, Omega Legal
Question: We will be limited to two keys for our three bedroom unit. This will not only restrict access for our 6 residents but also our ability to short term let the property. What can we do?
Fire Escape

Revolutionary Emergency Communications App Fire Escape Saves Lives

David Young, Fire Escape
Fire Escape has potential to save hundreds to thousands of lives, but it also has the capability to provide an invaluable communications service in the time following an emergency. 
Property Audit & Assurance

Q&A Master Key System – Should our building manager have access to all apartments?

Todd Garsden,
Hynes Legal

Question: Should our building manager have access to all apartments with a master key? What about owner-occupied lots, in case of emergency?
WA Strata Boundary Fence Damage

WA: Q&A Excess for Repairing Strata Boundary Fence Damage

Leonie Milonas,
PSC Property Lync Insurance Brokers

Question: A neighboured damaged the strata boundary fence. Insurance will cover the cost of repair, but who pays the excess? 
PSC Property Lync Insurance Brokers
ACT Difficult Lot Owners

ACT: Q&A Is there a Code of Behaviour for Difficult Lot Owners?

Jan Browne,
Whittles Strata Partners
Question: There is a code of behaviour for Executive Committee members but is there also a code of behaviour for difficult lot owners?
NSW Property Maintenance

NSW: Advise – Inform – Select – Arrange

Bailey Compton, Leverage Group
This recent decision doesn’t require that the property manager or strata manager go to each building to check maintenance has been done. It does, however, highlight the importance of ensuring the job is carried out.
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NSW: Q&A Lockboxes and Key Safes for Access to Apartments

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QLD: Q&A Fire Audit and Fire Door Compliance

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SA: Shared Solar Rebates - apartments and multi-storey commercial buildings

The Sustainability Incentives Scheme will provide a range of rebates supporting community investment in sustainable technologies.  Up to $20,000 per site (with a maximum of $500 per premise, not exceeding 20% of installation costs) – for sharing solar electricity in multi-storey premises (> 20 kW). Applications are now open.

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.

QLD: BCCM Regulations - Consultation on Draft Legislation 

The community and stakeholders are invited to have their say on consultation drafts of new regulations to support the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997. Draft regulations, and information about the reforms included in the new regulations and how you can have your say can be found at the Department of Justice and Attorney-General community consultation website page.
Consultation for all draft regulations closes 18 October 2019.

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Western Australia

SCA WA Conference

Upcoming Events

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


The BCCM office: Body corporate seminars Smart Strata: Strata Law Reform – Legislation Changes for 2020 Explained Strata In Skirts: Spring Soiree Charity Lunch Kangaroo Point: 18 Oct, 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Western Australia

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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