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WA Reform Education Sessions [Webinars]

Part 1: 2 pm, Thurs 6 August 
Join us and learn about the key changes. This free webinar will outline key information and delve further into certain areas of the Act that affect those within strata. Whether you’re a Lot Owner, Strata Manager or Service Provider this webinar is for you!
*** 0.5 SCA CPD Points (1.5 points for the entire series) ***
For this session, we will be joined by Rochelle Castro of RC & CO Lawyers.
Find out more and register here

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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

NSW Maintain and Repair Common Property

NSW: Q&A Duty to Maintain and Repair Common Property
Rod Smith,
The Strata Collective

Question: Our committee is aware of safety hazards and incidences have occurred but they refuse to spend money to fix these items. What can be done when the committee won’t spend on necessary maintenance?
Oppressive or Unreasonable Strata Bylaws

QLD: Oppressive or Unreasonable Strata Bylaws
Chris Irons,
Hynes Legal

Question: On my secluded rooftop deck I have a fire pit. A lot owner has put forward a motion to ban all forms of naked flames. Would a bylaw banning naked flames be lawful, especially when this is an exclusive use area?
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VIC Common Property Boundaries

VIC: Where are Your Common Property Boundaries?

Joel Chamberlain,
Horizon Strata Management Group

Question: Our roof is leaking and is in need of repair. In a detached unit on a strata title in Victoria, can the responsibility for the repair be shifted to the lot owner if the repair benefits only one lot?
SA Stopping Smoke Drift From Neighbours

SA: Q&A Can I Stop Smoke Drift From A Neighbour Smoking On Their Balcony?
Flavia Ger,
Ace Body Corporate Management

Question: Have any strata corporations in SA banned smoking on the balcony? If not, are you aware of any by-laws that specifically mention smoke drift in its bylaws?
McCormacks Strata Management
QLD Bylaw Breaches

QLD: Q&A Appearance of Lot. What constitutes a breach?

Jeremy Brown,
Mathews Hunt Legal

Question: I have bought into a Scheme, and the seller had a fence that breaches the by-laws. I haven’t rectified the breach. Am I now breaching the by-laws?
NSW Tenant wear and tear

NSW: Q&A Mitigating Costs of Wear and Tear Caused By Tenants
Karina Heinz, Progressive Strata Services

Question: A new owner has just purchased a unit and moved tenants into the property. The lot owner refuses to recognise their tenants need to follow strata rules and they also refuse to pay strata levies. What can we do?
Savil Group

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NSW: Round 2 of City of Sydney Grants and Sponsorship is Now Open
Owners corporations in the City of Sydney area are eligible to apply for building operations and ratings and assessment grants. The second round of the 2020 grants program is now open for:
  • environmental performance
  • matching grants.
Applications for these programs close promptly at 5 pm, 31 Aug 2020.
You can discuss your application or project idea and decide what program is best for you in a 15 minute Q&A meetings on Zoom
  • Tuesday 11 August
  • Wednesday 19 August
Find out more about applying for the Grants Programs here.
Have your say on barriers to installing sustainability infrastructure for apartments, townhouses and villas in NSW
The NSW Government invites you to participate in an online survey to share your views and experiences about installing sustainability infrastructure in your building.
By ‘sustainability infrastructure’, we mean solar panels, batteries, smart meters, efficient hot water systems, electric vehicle charging stations and other emerging energy innovations (such as energy management services).
The survey takes 10-15 minutes and will assist the NSW Government to better understand the best ways to remove barriers for owners, tenants and owners corporations wanting to install sustainability infrastructure.
Survey closing 11.59 pm, Sun 9 August. Find out more via this flyer.
By completing it you will be entered into a prize draw for an iPad Air 64GB valued at $779, to be held on the 17th August 2020.
NATSCA COVID-19 Strata Pulse Survey
COVID-19 has changed the way we work and do business. One significant change for the strata management sector has been the way committee meetings are organised, with many committee meetings now being offered flexibly or online via teleconference.
SCA is trying to gather information about the number of organisations undertaking online committee meetings, their effectiveness, lot owner experiences and the future of flexible, online meetings.
This information will aid our understanding of the sector’s response to COVID-19 and aid our advocacy efforts and we would welcome your valuable input.
Please take the short 3-minute survey today!

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NSW Building Commissioner Insights - Strata Managers and Building Reform

A conversation between the NSW Building Commissioner and Chris Duggan, President of SCA about the role of Strata Managers and the impact of the new legislative reforms.

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Western Australia

SCA: Social Sundowner 
14 Aug, 3:30 - 6:30 pm

: Compliance Series 1: All Things Water 
27 Aug, 2 - 5 pm

Upcoming Events:

Western Australia

LookUpStrata: WA Reform Education Sessions [Webinars]
Part 1: 6 Aug, 2 pm

: WA Reform Education Sessions [Webinars]
Part 2: 13 Aug, 2 pm

: WA Reform Education Sessions [Webinars]
Part 3: 20 Aug, 2 pm
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