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Read the latest news from NSW Fair Trading - Strata Update: New Era for Strata will start in 2016The NSW Parliament has passed more than 90 strata law changes, which are due to start in the second half of 2016.

Last Chance: Victoria - Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper closes on the 18th December. See our 'Have Your Say' section below for more information.

Article: Downsize with Pets Podcast - Bettina Deda talks with Dr. Kersti Seksela about how to make life in apartments enjoyable for your pets, especially if apartment living is new and your pet has been used to living with a backyard. Don't forget to take the quick poll!

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Holiday tips

Holiday Tips: Keep your home secure when heading away

Renee Cassidy, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
To help keep your home secure and avoid mishaps that can occur over the holiday season, we have created a list to help you avoid disasters in your home. Download the PDF checklist now!
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debt recovery procedure

NSW: Do Strata Plans Need a Debt Recovery System in Place?

Bronwyn Smith, Smith Partners Lawyers
Having the debt recovery procedure in NSW incorporated into the yearly AGM Minutes is a reminder to all lot owners of the debt recovery process.
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pigeon pest control

Procedures for Pigeon Pest Control at Your Strata Building

Nigel Wraight, Wraight Property 
Pigeons carry diseases and parasites which can be harmful to people. Pigeon pest control can be achieved by focusing on a few procedures. Don't forget to take the quick poll at the end of the article.
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out of pocket expenses

NSW: Back in the Pocket - Tips on Record Keeping for Out of Pocket Expenses

David Bannerman, Bannermans Lawyers
Building defects claims with a lack of detailed record keeping result in an inability to claim legitimate out of pocket expenses. 

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Strata levies increased

NSW: Q&A Fair Strata Levies Increase to Boost Sinking Fund?

LookUpStrata & Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Q: What can you do if you feel your owners corporations strata levies increase to boost the balance of the sinking fund is not justifiable?
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Membership Benefits of Unit Owners Association of Queensland (UOAQ)

Unit Owners Association of Queensland
What benefits does becoming a member of the Unit Owners Association of Queensland have? Is the association just for individual lot owners or can a entire body corporate join?

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downsize with pets

Downsizing with Pets Podcast

Bettina Deda, Downsize with Style
When you downsize from your house to an apartment, how can you make the move easier for your pet? Find out when Bettina Deda chats with Dr. Kersti Seksela, Registered Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour. Don't forget to take the quick poll at the end of the article.
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Case Study

Case Study: National Energy Efficiency Award Winning Project

Sonya Williams, enLighten Australia
A standard & emergency Chamaeleon LED light retrofit of T8 fluorescent batten lighting in the underground car park & fire stairs of the 93 apartment complex on the Brisbane River contributes to a National Energy Efficiency Award win.

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Silly season

Noise, nuisance, neighbours, the silly season and strata

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
Common complaints around this time of year concerning apartment neighbours are increased noise, smoke drifting into lots, guests or other owners or occupiers parking in visitors parking or on the common property and guests or mess left in the common areas.

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News of the Week

Urban living

NSW: Measuring urban living across Sydney

Chris Johnson, SMH
With Sydney's dwelling approvals running at 70 per cent for apartments there is clearly a big shift under way to a more urban way of living. The city probably has around a third of all dwellings as urban apartments and in a few decades we will be a fifty-fifty city - half suburban houses and half urban apartments.


Upstairs neighbour

What does your Upstairs Neighbour Really Get Up To?

Above Average
So that is what your upstairs neighbours are really doing - bowling balls, chains?!? Hummmm - who would have thought! Don't miss this performance.
Micro apartments

Micro Apartments: Utopia or Dystopia?

Fast Company Design
Are micro apartments the future of our city living? Don't think it is all about cramped space and no facilities. Though diminutive, the micro units are no single-room-occupancy hotel or tenement retread. But is that enough?

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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.

Closing soon:

Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper

The Victorian Government is undertaking a refresh of Plan Melbourne, and is seeking your input. Click through to read the discussion paper, and share your ideas for the future of Melbourne.

Submission will be accepted until 5.00pm AEST 18 December 2015.

Dec 15:
SCA (WA): Lot Owners Forum

Feb 12:
SCA (TAS): 2016 Symposium

Feb 20:
Mood Boarding 101 (Sydney)

Mar 2 - 4:
2016 SCA (QLD) Conference

Visit our Strata Events Page

The most read article from our last newsletter?


NSW: Wake Up and Smell the Smoke – Prohibiting Smoking

Adrian Mueller,
J. S. Mueller & Co Lawyers

The recent reform of NSW strata laws generated some media interest in smoking in strata buildings NSW. So can smoking be prohibited?  Let’s find out.

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Breaking News

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Meet the Australian families living (happily) in high-rise apartments Domain

This is what will be fuelling apartment demand in 2016 Domain

NSWA new luxury $23m+ penthouse is set to smash Sydney’s apartment record The Daily Telegraph 

QLDEmployee gaoled after stealing $67k from Body corporate management co by submitting false invoices Daily Mercury


Brisbane buyers paying more than ever for river views Domain

VICNearly 20 per cent of Melbourne’s investor-owned homes empty Domain

No strength in numbers: VCAT rejects test case on objectors legislation The Age

Queensland Waters Down ‘Off the Plan’ Protection Laws - See more at:
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