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Appoint an Auditor

NSW: Owners Corporation Q&A Process to Appoint an Auditor

Caren Chen,
Question: At our AGM our owners corporation passed a resolution to appoint an auditor to audit all of our accounts. What is the procedure to appoint an auditor?
Lot Owner Running the Complex

QLD: Q&A A Majority Lot Owner is Running the Complex

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

Question: We have a majority lot owner who owns almost half of the units in our complex. They are effectively running the complex, making unreasonable decisions, spending money from the sinking fund and raising levies. What can we do?
Westside Fire Services

VIC: Q&A How Do I Know if My Property is Strata Title?

Jane Giacobbe,
Strata Reports Victoria

Question: In a three lot scheme with little or no common areas, do we need to form an owners corporation or can we agree to act independently. What is the minimum we are required to do?
Appointing Administrator

WA: When can an Administrator of a Strata Company be Appointed Under the Strata Titles Act?

Anthony Quahe,
Civic Legal

The SAT may order the appointment of an administrator to a strata company where it is appropriate to resolve a strata dispute. Such an order will only be appropriate in exceptional circumstances.
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Prohibiting Short Term Lets

QLD: Body Corporate Prohibits Singing in the Shower

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

The ongoing battle about bodies corporate having the right to prohibit short-term letting has attracted a lot of attention, some of which has been nothing but clickbait. At the core of this though is a fundamental principle: what right should a body corporate have to regulate what goes on behind a property owner’s front door?
Grants for Better Buildings

NSW: Round 1 Opens - City of Sydney Grants for Better Buildings

Sustainability Programs,
City of Sydney

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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Fence Replacements in a Duplex

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

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

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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.

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 - 10:30 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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