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NSW Opening Garage Door During Power Outage

NSW: Opening Apartment Garage Door During Power Outage/Emergency

Nigel Wraight, Forte Asset Services
Question: Due to a storm, there is a power outage in our building. How do I manually open the garage door to basement parking so I can remove my car and collect a child from daycare? Our Strata Manager will not assist.
Deakin University’s Strata Concepts Forum

Deakin University’s Strata Concepts Forum in Sydney – Bring on the Next One!!!

Jane Giacobbe,
Strata Reports NSW and Victoria

Wow, wow, wow! The team from Deakin University exceeded all expectations when they rolled out their Strata Concepts Education Forum in Sydney earlier this month. 
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QLD Unpaid Strata Levies and Overdue Fees at Settlement

QLD: Q&A Unpaid Strata Levies and Overdue Fees at Settlement

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: I paid the vendor $500 for strata levies at settlement of my purchased unit. I’ve found out the strata company also refunded the amount and are now charging me arrears for unpaid strata levies.
VIC Leasing Common Property

VIC: Q&A What is the Process for Buying or Leasing Common Property

Dan Slattery, Strata Law Services
Question: There has been a proposal for ground floor units to take a 99 year lease on the common property at the rear of their units. Does this mean that part of the common property has been disposed of?
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NSW First Cladding Decision

NSW First Cladding Decision

Bannermans Lawyers
A recent Tribunal decision has held that combustible external cladding installed on residential buildings is a major defect for the purposes of statutory warranties under the Home Building Act 1989 and will have significant ramifications on owners of residential buildings wishing to explore cladding as a defect.
Qld Rental Reforms

Qld Rental Reforms: Bad News for Tenants; a Disaster for Landlords

Rob Honeycombe,
Bees Nees City Realty

The government’s proposed changes to tenancy law, the latest in the Qld rental reforms, are truly mind-blowing. We do our best to describe them without sounding melodramatic and over the top.
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QLD Repair the Leaking Pipe

QLD: Q&A Should the Body Corporate Repair the Leaking Pipe?

Todd Garsden,Hynes Legal

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National Survey: Australian Apartment Advocacy - Building Defects in Apartments

You may have heard a bit in the news recently about defects in buildings! Smarter Communities have partnered with Australian Apartment Advocacy to see what is actually happening with strata owners.  Even if you do not have a defect issue, we would appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey.  Plus if you complete the survey you have the chance to win $250 pre-paid voucher.  To take the survey click here

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

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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