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WA Subscribers: Strata Law Reform Information Sessions 2020
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NSW: Q&A Common Property Defects and Reimbursement for Repairs

Pierrette Khoury,
Khoury Lawyers
Question: While carrying out renovations, engineering work was required to repair concrete cancer in the floor. Can I be reimbursed the substantial costs for repairs to common property defects?
Fence Replacements in a Duplex

QLD: Q&A Who Pays for Cost of Fence Replacements in a Duplex?

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

Question: We live in a duplex and a boundary fence needs replacing. Is the cost of boundary fences in a duplex the responsibility of both owners of the duplex and the neighbouring property?
Express Glass
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VIC: Q&A Damage caused by a water leak from balcony above

Dan Slattery, Strata Law Services
Question: I have a water leak which appears to have originated from the balcony above. Do I need to contact my neighbour myself? What can I do if they refuse access to have the leak investigated?
Strata Manager lives in another state

WA: Q&A Our Strata Manager lives in another state!

Shelley Fitzgerald,
Allsorts Strata Community

Question: The strata manager for our new building was appointed by the developer and is located in the eastern states. He has no idea of the needs of the building. Surely this is not ideal.
Strata Central
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NAT: Internet of Things in Strata - Point of View

Brent Clark,

There has been a significant change in technology with "smarter" devices now being installed into apartment blocks. More equipment is using sensors, connecting to the internet and providing real-time monitoring information back to strata committees to help them better manage their buildings.
Ratchet Increases in Management Agreements

NSW: How Far Can 5% Ratchet Increases in Management Agreements Go?

Bannermans Lawyers
We are aware of numerous owners corporations who have received letters of demand for alleged “shortfall” amounts due to their management company for amounts of over a quarter of a million dollars, resulting from the manager incorrectly increasing the fee amounts annually in their invoices..
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Bugden Allen Lawyers

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WA: Strata schemes law reform information sessions in 2020. What do you want and where?

We are looking at running a series of FREE seminars around Perth in March 2020 about the coming reforms. We will be joined by Landgate, SCAWA and a Group of hand picked Strata Professionals to provide you with the most current update on the changes. We would like your suggestions. Register your interest, indicate which session, tell us what you want to know. We've created a 2 min survey. Tell us what you want by clicking here.

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.

WA: Proposed reforms to the approval process for commercial buildings

Building and Energy is inviting WA to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the commercial building approval process, including the process for approving apartment buildingsTo find out more click hereSubmissions close 3 Apr.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

SCA (NSW) New AFSS form [WEBINAR] Presenter: David Bannerman, Bannermans Lawyers. 31 Jan, 4 - 4:45 pm

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

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

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

Strata Community Insurance: 2020 Autumn Forum. The Essentials of Strata Insurance – Practical Solutions to Managing Risk Sydney: 25 Mar, 8:30 - 11 am

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 16 Apr, 9 am - 1:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 20 Aug, 9 am - 1:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 26 Nov, 9 am - 1:30 pm

Upcoming Events


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

SCA (Qld) Lot Owners Day Brisbane: 11 Mar, 1 - 5:30 pm


Mecca Events: The Building Defects Crisis – Not just a Sydney problem? Docklands: 28 Feb, 7:30 - 9:30 am

Western Australia

SCA: Professional Development - 2020 Strata Outlook Luncheon Perth: 7 Feb, 12 - 4:30 pm

SCA: Professional Development - South West Region Strata Seminar Bunbury: 11 Feb, 1 - 4:30 pm

Australian Apartment Advocacy: Apartment defects WA briefing - presentation of research findings Perth: 19 Feb, 7 - 9 am

WA Apartment Advocacy: The role of Council of Owners Perth: 11 Mar, 5:30 - 7 pm
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