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Editors picks not be missed this week:

Article: Laura Gercken, ClarkeKann Lawyers
 discusses a recent Fair Works case where bullying jurisdiction extends, which will have serious ramifications for Bodies Corporate, committee members and individual lot owners.

News: In WA, Strata Reform proposals have been approved by the state government for drafting by Landgate. Landgate will be focusing on five key areas of reform.

NSW Request for information: One of our NSW LookUpStrata members is after information about window locks. In order to comply with amendments regarding the installation of screen lock or window safety devices in NSW we would like to know which window locks you have been using, what has been successful/cost effective and which you would recommend. Please email me your recommendations. I will collate the responses into an upcoming blog post. We thank you in advance for your input and remind all NSW body corporates that the deadline for complying with the requirements is 13th March, 2018

You may remember, we sponsored this fabulous 1969 HT GTS Monaro during the V8 Supercars in Sydney towards the end of last year.  

The car has been cruising around the suburbs of Sydney boldly displaying our sticker and was recently spotted by a LookUpStrata member outside a popular 
hamburger joint. If you are lucky enough to spot the Monaro, please send me a picture to be included in upcoming editions of the newsletter.

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Latest Articles

urban renewal nsw

NSW: Navigating Strata Urban Renewal: Commercial Gain vs Home Ownership

David Bannerman, Bannermans Lawyers 
The centrepiece of the new strata development laws expected to commence on 1 July 2016 is provision for a sufficient majority of lot owners to have power to force the remaining minority to sell their lots. This can be achieved through either a redevelopment or collective sale process and there is no restriction concerning the age or dilapidation of the building.

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sinking fund

SA: Sinking Funds in Adelaide - Lessons Learned

Peter Greenham, Independent Inspections
Adelaide unit owners are still coming to terms with the new legislation and the lack of maintenance of the Strata and Community Corporations, consequently there has been no choice to but temporary increase levies to make up the short fall.

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common property

VIC: What’s yours and what‘s common property?

Stephen Raff, Ace Body Corporate Management
Strata managers regularly receive questions from strata lot owners about 'what is mine' or 'where are the common property boundaries'?
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Off the plan

QLD: Backing out of an off-the-plan contract - Part 2

Hynes Legal
What are some of the key circumstances which can enliven your right as a buyer to terminate an off-the-plan contract?

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Bodies Corporate Potentially Liable for Bullying of Contractors

Laura Gercken, ClarkeKann Lawyers
A recent Fair Work Commission decision demonstrates how far the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) bullying jurisdiction extends, which will have serious ramifications for Bodies Corporate, committee members and individual lot owners.

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Levy arrears

NSW: Can I Recover Strata Levy Arrears by Lodging a Caveat?

Bronwyn Smith, Bronwyn Smith Lawyers
We are asked this question often by both Strata Managers and Executive Committee members. I understand the reasoning which is that strata levies are outstanding and levies (like council rates) are a debt to the land and not the person.
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News of the Week

WA Strata Reforms

WA: Strata Reform Update

The Western Australian Government has announced its intention to introduce legislation within the next six months to amend the State’s Strata Titles Act.
WA Strata Reforms

Living above the third-floor drastically reduces your chances of surviving cardiac arrest, study suggests

Sharon Kirkey, National Post (Canada)
Just as Canadian cities grow staggeringly vertical comes a new study suggesting sky-high living in high-rise buildings increases the chances of not surviving a cardiac arrest.

The study of nearly 8,000 adults shows the higher the floor, the lower the odds of surviving an “out-of-hospital” cardiac arrest. People living above the third floor were about half as likely to survive than those living closer to the ground.

Locked front doors, missing concierges and agonizingly slow elevator times are contributing to some of the more obvious delays.



11 mesmerizing aerial photos of cities at night

For Vincent Laforet, nothing offers perspective quite like flying in a helicopter. For his new book "Air", the Pulitzer Prize-winning aerial photographer traveled to 10 cities around the globe and captured them from a higher altitude.
rental market

Breakdown of the Rental Market Around Australia

Jennifer Duke, Domain

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Review of property law in Queensland

The Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of the QUT is undertaking a review of Queensland’s property laws for the Queensland Government. The review includes an examination of a number of important matters arising under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and other community titles legislation, including body corporate governance issues.

You can make a written submission about some or all of the matters raised in QUT’s Issues Paper. Your submission will be considered as part of QUT’s examination of options for improving body corporate governance arrangements for Queensland community titles schemes.

Find out more about making a submission hereConsultation closes on 22 February 2016.

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Jan 29:
SCA (WA): New SCA National Accreditation System 2016

Feb 2:
SCA (QLD): Compliance (Brisbane)

Feb 11:
SCA (QLD): Compliance (Cairns)

Feb 12:
SCA (TAS): 2016 Symposium

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Mood Boarding 101 (Sydney)

Mar 2 - 4:
2016 SCA (QLD) Conference

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Most read article for 2015

postal changes

NSW: How New Australia Post Delivery Schedule Will Affect Delivery Times

Carlo Fini, Nexus Lawyers
Most NSW legislation permits documents and notices to be served by post. Under section 76 of the Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW), service is deemed to occur on the fourth business day after posting unless evidence sufficient to raise doubt is adduced to the contrary.

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QLD: 300 voice opposition to Mariner high-rise development at The Spit Gold Coast Bulletin

VIC: Fears high-rise hoarding could cause Melbourne apartment buildings to collapse The Age

ACT: O'Connor unit block residents angry over pot plant stoush The Canberra Times


WA: WA Set To Move Ahead With Strata Legislation Overhaul Your Investment Property 

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