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NSW Smoking a Nuisance

NSW: Is Smoking a Nuisance?

Colin Grace,
Grace Lawyers

A recent NCAT decision indicates that smoke penetration from a lot onto another lot is potentially a nuisance and hazard. So, what do strata schemes need to learn from the case and what can they do in preparation?
URGENT Cladding, Capital Improved Value & Council Rate Valuations in Victoria

URGENT Cladding, Capital Improved Value & Council Rate Valuations in Victoria

Neil Fitzpatrick,
VIC Committee Member

Owners of buildings with flammable cladding have already taken a blow & now 1000s are being overcharged on their rates. Isn't the Government supposed to be assisting those living in properties with flammable cladding?
End To End Building Maintenance
ACT Replacing Windows

ACT: Q&A Who Pays For Replacing Windows Due to Failing Locks

Jan Browne,
Whittles Strata Partners

Question: In our older Class A building, the windows need replacing due to failing locks. Would this be a lot owner or owners corporation responsibility to fix?
QLD Rental Pool Managers

QLD: Q&A Ins and Outs of Rental Pool Managers in Queensland Strata

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: We engaged the on-site rental pool manager many years ago. We were recently advised that we should give notice of this engagement to the Body Corporate for inclusion on the owners roll.
Blackburne Strata Management
QLD Termination of CTS

QLD: Court-ordered termination of a well-known Community Titles Scheme

James Robba, Worrells
The Gold Coast has many buildings with concrete cancer and those owners will have to decide whether to raise levies to deal with the issue or get consensus on selling the property. This court appointment illustrates an option available to CTS lot owners.
RMIT Research Project

NAT: Impact to households who are living in apartments with flammable cladding

Are you an owner in a building affected by combustible cladding? RMIT would like to invite you to participate in the ‘‘At what cost? Cladding concerns for owners" research project. They are interested in learning more about scale of the problems owners of property affected by combustible cladding face day to day across Australia, particularly those living in apartments.
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Queensland Electricity Rebates

Queensland Electricity Rebates: Am I eligible, and how do I apply?

Rachael Platten,
Tower Body Corporate
NSW Fan Noise within Apartment

NSW: Q&A Stopping a Low Frequency Fan Noise within our Apartment

Karina Heinz,
Progressive Strata Services

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QLD: Information Regarding Car Stackers

We have been approached by City of Gold Coast to help provide information about car stackers/car lifts in residential developments. Can you assist?
  • Are there specific set body corporate fees/rates for the maintenance of mechanical parking systems is multi-unit developments?
  • Do body corporate rates differ from the norm when cars stackers are part of these developments?
  • What problems or issues have arisen regarding the management of cars stackers in multi-unit developments?
If you can help, please email us your comment.

WA: Proposed Regulations Now Available for Comment! 

Landgate is seeking feedback on the proposed regulations, prior to finalising for delivery to Parliament. The proposed regulations are now available here for you to view and comment on until 30 September 2019. For more information about providing feedback, visit this page

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.

QLD: Combustible Cladding Checklist Part 3

Identified building owners have until the 31 October to ensure that they have completed the first step in Part 3 of the three-part Safer Buildings Combustible Cladding Checklist. This involves engaging a fire engineer and registering their details on the combustible cladding checklist. You can find out more about the Safer Buildings Audit, including deadline extensions and important dates here.

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Upcoming Events

New South Wales

OCN Quarterly Briefing: Managing Defects and Major Maintenance Projects Pyrmont: 21 Sep, 10 am - 12 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

Savills Australia & Bannermans Lawyers: Collective Sale Breakfast Forum Sydney: 17 Oct, 7:30 - 9:30 am

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

Upcoming Events


Smart Strata: Strata Law Reform – Legislation Changes for 2020 Explained
BCCM: Dispute Resolution Application Processes [Webinar] 2 Oct, 2 pm

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: 7 Nov, 5 pm - 8 Nov, 11 pm
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