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NSW Jointly Tender for a Collective Sale

NSW: Q&A Can Two Strata Buildings Joint for a Collective Sale?

Sophia Jiang, Omega Legal
Question: Two adjacent strata schemes would like to explore the tendering process for a collective sale. How do we go about achieving this? What steps do we need to follow?
QLD Interest Charges Overdue Fees

QLD: Q&A Interest Charges on Overdue Strata Fees

Myles Holley,
Hynes Legal

Question: How much time do I have to pay before interest is charged on overdue strata fees? Can I pay within the month the levies are due without incurring charges?

ACT: Q&A Difference Between House Rules, Rules and ByLaws

Christopher Kerin,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

Question: Can you tell me the difference between rules, house rules and bylaws in ACT strata? Which takes precedence? Can they be combined? How enforceable are each of these?
WA Improvements to Common Areas

WA: Making Improvements to Common Areas in Strata

Debbie Barker, StrataLoans
There are several options owners of a strata community may consider when financing larger improvements to common areas including asking owners to pay a special levy or even seeking strata finance which relieves the direct burden on owners.
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Flatline Management for Your Committee

Is it Time to Consider a Flatline Management Structure for Your Committee?

Andrew Terrell, Bright & Duggan
Committees should be the realm of those interested, with the requisite skills to push issues in the right direction, who defer to experts rather than ignoring them and who sponsor each member’s interests, skills and passion rather than operate by the ‘many chefs in the kitchen’ mentality.
VIC Building Regulator

VIC: Stronger Powers For Building Regulator Under New Law

Minister for Planning,
Richard Wynne

The Andrews Government is delivering greater protections for building and apartment owners under sweeping new changes introduced to Parliament. This bill is about helping the VBA to weed out those doing the wrong thing.

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QLD: Q&A AGM Motions in Strata and the Obligation to Act

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

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NSW: City of Sydney Grants Helping Building Owners and Operators Reduce Costs – Round 3 Opened 23 October 

Round 3 of City of Sydney grants program is now open. These grants help building owners and managers better understand and target efficiency projects to reduce ongoing operational costs. Funding is also available for monitoring and measuring equipment. For more information, read out update here.
Applications open until 18 November 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 extended to 1 December 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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