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QLD Cancel a General Meeting

QLD: Can a General Meeting be Cancelled? [Important Adjudication Decision]

Peter Hunt, Mathews Hunt Legal
An adjudicator has just issued a decision which settles the issue of whether a validly called general meeting can be cancelled by a committee. The adjudicator held that the meeting can be cancelled provided that the committee was acting reasonably.
NSW Strata Pet Bond

NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation Requests a Pet Bond Paid to Strata

Leanne Habib,
Premium Strata

Question: I’m a tenant with a cat. The Owners Corporation has a bylaw requesting a $500 Pet Bond to be paid to strata. I thought pet bonds weren’t legal in NSW.
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ACT Owners Corporation Pay For Foxtel

ACT: Q&A Does the Owners Corporation Usually Pay For Foxtel?

Jan Browne,
Whittles Strata Partners

Question: What can an owners corporation raise funds for? Our budget currently includes Foxtel subscriptions which I don’t view as part of the maintenance requirements for the building.
WA Control Your Maintenance Budget

WA: Top 9 Tips for Gaining Control Over Your Maintenance Budget

Greg McCulloch,
Westside Fire Services

To gain greater control of your maintenance budget the council of owners should nominate and train a responsible person to oversee all matters relating to each of major building services.
Strata Alert
NSW Flammable Cladding Crisis

NSW Building Defects: Flammable Cladding Crisis. An Update

Allison Benson,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

The flammable cladding crisis continues with NSW state government claiming that the 444 buildings on its list of potential buildings with flammable cladding is privileged due to its security risk.
QLD Proposed Rental Law Reform

QLD: Proposed Rental Law Reform and How it Could Impact the Strata Sector

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
If the Queensland Government's proposed rental law reforms go ahead, there will be some unintended (or perhaps misunderstood) consequences for bodies corporate with respect to the rights of tenants.
Property Audit & Assurance

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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
QLD Responsible for exterior maintenance

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

Todd Garsden,
Hynes Legal

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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

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

OCN: AGM - HAVE YOUR SAY! Our Future Together Special Guest Speaker: Shady Eskander, Opal Tower Committee ChairAlexandria: 30 Nov, 10 am - 1:00 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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