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Have you participated in the Australian Apartment Advocacy National Defects survey yet? The survey has been extended until 11 Dec. See details in the Have Your Say section of the newsletter below.

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NSW Fast Track Committee Decisions

NSW: Q&A Using Electronic Voting to Fast Track Committee Decisions

Karina Heinz, Progressive Strata Services + Paul Chevrot, Stratabox
Question: Can our Chairperson instruct our difficult secretary to call for an electronic vote on a number of special resolutions as a way to fast track committee decisions?
QLD Freezing Levy Payments

QLD: Q&A Freezing Levy Payments in Protest of Bad Service

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

Question: Can a group of lot owners freeze levy payments by paying their levies into a trust account until they receive better service from the resident manager and strata manager?
Express Glass
WA Defects From Water Leaks

WA: Q&A Steps to Take When Dealing With Defects From Water Leaks

David Clark, Houspect WA
Question: My unit was impacted by water leaks following a major storm a few years ago and now has many defects. I’m not sure how to go about getting this fixed.
QLD Installation of Solar PV Cells in Strata

QLD: Ban the Banners, or not? Installation of Solar PV Cells

Michael Kleinschmidt,
Stratum Legal

A recent decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal, while correct at law, opens the way for bodies corporate or developers to effectively ban the installation of solar PV cells.
NAT Rewrite Australia’s Building Codes

NAT: To Restore Public Confidence in Apartments, Rewrite Australia’s Building Codes

Geoff Hanmer,
The Conversation

Compliance with the National Building Codes provides no guarantee that an apartment won't leak. This will not be enough to fix many common defects. Public confidence will still be lacking.
NAT Strata Property Bushfire Season

NAT: Is Your Strata Property Prepared For Bushfire Season?

Lidia Siljanoski,
Whitbread Insurance Brokers

URGENT: You don’t have to live in a rural area to be impacted by bushfires. To assist in preparing your Strata property for the bushfire season, we have set out five helpful tips to ensure you are in the best position possible, should you face the threat of a bushfire.
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NSW Common Property Defects

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

Tyrone Shandiman,
Strata Insurance Solutions
QLD Voting if You're in Breach of an Order

QLD: Q&A Can You Vote at the AGM if You Are in Breach of an Order?

Gary Bugden OAM,
Bugden Allen Lawyers

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NSW: Community schemes law reform

The NSW Government is seeking public feedback on the drafting of the Community Land Management Bill 2019 and the Community Land Development Bill 2019. The Bills completely rewrite NSW community schemes laws. They are aligned with the major 2015 strata scheme reforms, make community land development legislation more flexible and incorporate feedback from the implementation of the strata laws. To find out more click hereSubmissions close 28 Feb.

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 up until 11 Dec.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 27 Feb, 9 am - 1:30 pm

Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit Sydney: 25-26 Feb


Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit Brisbane, 27-28 Feb

Upcoming Events

Western Australia

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