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Welcome to the 300th Edition of LookUpStrata News!

We would like to thank all of our subscribers, both new and old. Some of you have only discovered the site recently, while others have been with us from the very start. Our first official (monthly) newsletter was sent in June 2013 to just 128 subscribers. Now we send out 2 newsletters a week to 8,000 subscribers from around Australia.  

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Who has contributed the most content to the site? That would be between Leanne Habib, Premium Strata and Frank Higginson/Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal. Thanks to ALL of our wonderful contributors.

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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

QLD Management Rights Extensions

QLD: Q&As Management Rights, Extensions and the Committee's Decision

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: We have written to the strata committee requesting a top up in our management rights agreement. We've had no response and now been told we did not submit in the correct format. What is the correct format?
NSW Common Property Defects

NSW: Q&A Common Property Defects and Reimbursement for Expenses

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Our hardwood floors have suffered major water damage due to common property defects. Should the Body corporate reimburse out of pocket expenses for accommodation and food while we vacate the property for repairs?
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WA Appealing Decisions of SAT

WA: Appealing Decisions of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)

Anthony Quahe,
Civic Legal

When a dispute results in proceedings in the SAT, it is often highly contentious in the eyes of one or more parties. Consequently, a party may be dissatisfied with the decision of the SAT and may want to lodge an appeal against it.
Proactive Mechanical Ventilation Maintenance

NAT: How Proactive Mechanical Ventilation Maintenance Can Save Your Strata Property Time, Money and Stress

Tracey Wyber, Trackie Industries
We see it all the time – strata properties that are allowed to fall into such a state of degradation that major repairs are required to fix the problem, leading to overblown budgets, huge disruptions and unhappy owners.
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NSW Are You Being Served

99% (or more) of Queensland bodies corporate still cannot prohibit short term letting

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
There has been a bit of recent publicity about a decision by a Queensland Magistrate for a body corporate at Fairway Island where the body corporate’s prohibition via a by-law on lot owners letting their lot on a short term basis was held to be valid.

NSW: Are You Being Served? Getting Your Owners Corporation’s Address for Service Correct

Carlo Fini, JS Mueller & Co Lawyers
You want to make sure the proper address is recorded. In a recent case we saw, an owners corporation had not updated its address for service. Legal documents were sent to the old address and never passed on to the owners corporation. 
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Sydney NSW: Strata Answers - How to get sustainability help for your strata committee

Many strata buildings are required to take on fairly major works to meet compliance obligations. What if this obligation could become an opportunity to provide real value and long term amenity for residents?

We are looking for a committee interested in coming on board as a “guinea pig” on the renewal journey. We will work with you to help explore a wide range of options: Energy efficiency measures, potential for extra lots – all ideas on the table for consideration. The aim is help to establish a strategic plan.

If you think your scheme can become a swan, send us an email telling us why this opportunity interests you: [email protected]

NSW: City of Sydney Grants Helping Building Owners and Operators Reduce Costs – Round 3 Now Open

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.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

City of Sydney: Recycle your unwanted electronic goods Alexandria: 16 Nov, 9 am - 3 pm

SCA: Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 20 Nov, 9 am - 1:30 pm

NSW Fair Trading: Strata for Lot Owners – new strata plans including the First AGM and the role of the original owner [WEBINAR] 21 Nov, 2 - 3 pm

SCA: Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 27 Nov, 9 am - 1:30 pm

NSW Fair Trading: Strata for Lot Owners – Meetings, Levies, By-Laws and the general running of a scheme [WEBINAR] 2 Dec, 1 - 2 pm

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BCCM: Dealing with Difficult People [Webinar] 2 Dec, 2 - 4 pm

Western Australia

SCA: Professional Development - 2020 Strata Outlook Luncheon 7 Feb, 1 - 4:30 pm
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