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NSW Landlord Access Gym and Pool While Apartment is Rented

NSW: Q&A Landlord Access Gym and Pool While Apartment is Rented

Karina Heinz, Progressive Strata Services and Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
Question: My apartment in a multi level apartment complex is let for 6 months. As a landlord, am I able to still access the amenities like the gym and pool while my apartment is rented?
QLD Responsible for exterior maintenance

QLD: Q&A Who is responsible for the exterior maintenance of the building?

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: Our Exterior doors contain asbestos and are being replaced. We’ve been told we need to pay for the replacement of deadlocks and peepholes. Does this sound right?
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VIC Who chairs the AGM

VIC: Q&A Who chairs the annual general meeting? Can we choose?

Jane Giacobbe,
Strata Reports Victoria

Question: Who usually chairs the AGM? Does it always have to be the Owners Corporation Manager? Why can’t we elect a Chair at the AGM each year?
NSW Defamation in Owners Corporations

NSW: Defamation in Owners Corporations – When Communications Spiral Out of Control: An Update

Allison Benson,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

While in this case the defamation claim was ultimately not made out we urge lot owners, occupiers and strata managers to exercise care in what they say in their emails.
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QLD Managing Parking Dilemmas

QLD: How To Manage Parking Dilemmas At Your Complex

Kelly Borell,
Tower Body Corporate

The most important thing to remember when someone has parked in your space is to remain calm and respectful. Give them the benefit of the doubt, at least in the first instance. Leave a note on the car, or talk with the vehicle’s owner directly.
NSW NCAT Award Compensation

NSW: Confusion Reigns: NCAT Weighs in on its Power to Award Compensation

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

Uncertainty surrounding NCAT’s power to compensate owners for losses as a result of unfixed defects in common property  will now need to be clarified by the Supreme Court or legislative intervention by way of an amendment of the Act.

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

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata

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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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