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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

NSW: Q&A Submitting Renovation ByLaws for Review

David Bannerman,
Bannermans Lawyers
Question: We've submitted a bylaw for the renovation of our unit. A lot Owner and the Strata Manager want us to pay for the review of the bylaw by a strata lawyer. Where do we stand?
Pet Approval for New Dog

QLD: Q&A Pet Approval for New Dog after one Passes Away

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal
Question: We have pet approval for two dogs. One of our dogs has passed and we have a new dog of the same breed. Are we required to apply for pet approval even though we still only have two dogs.
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WA: Q&A Strata Management Charges - Bank Fees

Shelley Fitzgerald,
Allsorts Community Strata

Question: Should we be paying strata management charges such as bank fees in relation to a trust account established by the strata manager on behalf of the strata company?
 Consolidated By-Laws

NSW: Special Arrangements For Consolidated By-Laws

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

New arrangements with NSW Land Registry Services to allow an owners corporation which wants to register a consolidated set of by-laws (even though it has not made any changes) to do so.
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Strata Management Contracts

NAT: Indemnity, Waivers & Hold Harmless Clauses in Strata Management Contracts

Tyrone Shandiman,
Strata Insurance Solutions

Strata buildings should pay particular care to indemnity, waivers and hold harmless clauses when entering into strata management contracts. These clauses could raise concerns for the committees.
Can a body corporate ‘buyback’

QLD: Can a body corporate ‘buyback’ a caretaking unit within its own scheme?

Aleksandra Naglik,
Bugden Allen Lawyers

Question: In certain circumstances, a body corporate may be in a position where it may wish to ‘buy-back’ the management rights and caretaker’s unit within its own community titles scheme. 
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Latest News...... 

New South Wales Queensland Victoria

Update on regulatory changes
from Bugden Allen Lawyers

Below is a quick update on the regulatory changes planned for NSW, VIC, WA and QLD:
  • Short-term rental accommodation (STRA) changes in NSW - no change.
  • WA's new strata regulations - update: the regulations are now going through the Parliamentary process. A date range of January to June 2020 has been provided as per the Strata WA website.
  • QLD body corporate law changes - update: public consultation on the proposed changes closed on 1 December 2019. The timing for the release of the new laws and regulations is not known, but most likely in the first half of 2020.
  • Strata reforms in Victoria - no change.
This update was included in Bugden Allen's January edition of Strata Regulatory Watch. Latest editions can be viewed here.

Have Your Say...... 

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

We are looking at running a series of FREE seminars around Perth in April 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

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): Masterclass - Fire Safety Regulation Changes Impacting the Sector – Theories and Practical Sydney: 26 Feb, 8 - 10 am

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


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

Upcoming Events


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

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

SCA (Qld) 2020 Conference: A Brain, A Heart & Courage Brisbane: 12 - 13 Mar

Western Australia

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

SCA WA: 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

SCA WA: Professional Development - It's time to hit refresh on by laws Bentley: 20 Feb, 2 - 5 pm

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

SCA WA: Owner Workshop - Committee Training Subiaco: 19 Mar, 1 - 5 pm
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