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Welcome to your latest edition of Strata News! 
Announcement for WA Subscribers:
Strata Law Reform Education Sessions 2020
Featuring: Landgate, SCAWA + other
WA Strata Professionals

Date Chosen: 1 April

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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

Special Levy Payments

NSW: Q&A Special Levy Payments - Due Date, Overdue Levies

Andrew Terrell,
Bright & Duggan
Question: We've raised a special levy for a re-roofing job on our building. 3 weeks after the payment deadline 2 lot owners have still not paid. How can we recover the money?
AGM Motions in Strata

QLD: Q&A AGM Motions in Strata and the Obligation to Act

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal
Question: A resident in our scheme would like to have General Business included as an item on our AGM Agenda. Is that permissible, or can only the motions included in the circulated Agenda be dealt with at an AGM?
Blackburne Strata Management
Remove Pets

ACT: Q&A Does the Owners Corporation Have Power to Remove Pets?

Christopher Kerin,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

Question: What is the owners corporation's power around pet ownership and the removal of pets in ACT? Do they have the power to remove pets from an individual unit?
Cladding Audit

WA Cladding Audit: Strata Finance May Assist Your Building’s Obligations

Debbie Barker,

Should your strata schemes be subject to a remedial building order, your building may be required to remove and replace some cladding in order to maintain the safety of residents. 
Property Audit & Assurance
Tenancy Laws Changing

NSW: Tenancy Laws Changing From March 2020

Emma Smythies,
Bugden Allen Lawyers

The most important change for strata schemes, owners and tenants relates to the information that must be disclosed to prospective tenants.
Raise Value Of Strata Investment

QLD: How To Raise The Value Of Your Strata Investment

Kelly Borell,
Tower Body Corporate

There are a number of things you can do yourself to raise the value of your investment property provided your strategies meet your strata by-laws.
Westside Fire Services

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NSW: Q&A Submitting Renovation ByLaws for Review

David Bannerman,
Bannermans Lawyers
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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 here. Submissions close 3 Apr.

NT: Better design ahead for apartments and mixed-use developments

NT Planning Commission is seeking ideas from the community for how to achieve quality residential apartment and mixed-use developments.  The Designing Better Project Snapshot and the technical Discussion Paper are at, along with details of the public information sessions in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. Submissions close 6 Mar.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

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


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

Upcoming Events

Western Australia

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

LookUpStrata WA Strata Reforms Information Session: Stand By For More Details
Perth: 1 Apr, 10 am - 12 pm


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

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Gov: Designing Better
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