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NSW Public Liability

NSW: Q&A What does public liability insurance include?

Lia de Sousa, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
Question: What does public liability insurance include? Who pays the excess when a claim is made under public liability insurance in a strata scheme?
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QLD Admin fees

QLD: Q&A What body corporate administration fees can be passed onto lot owners?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: Can body corporate administration fees for services such as pet approvals or common property insurance excess be passed onto individual lot owners?
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NSW Buying Strata

NSW: Buying into Strata - Can I renovate my apartment? (Part 3)

Paula Byrnes, LookUpStrata Team
Buying strata and want to make some changes to the unit? You may ask - can I renovate my apartment? Our advice – DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you buy!
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WA L/Lord Insurance

WA: Q&A Are You Liable For Your Tenants Damaged Contents Even If You Have Landlord Insurance Cover?

Allan Green, ALCA Southern Strata and Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
Your tenant doesn't have contents insurance & their furniture is damaged during a heavy storm. Are you liable even if you have landlord insurance cover?
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NSW Disabled Parking

NSW: Q&A Disabled Parking in Apartments - Can I Use the parking space?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: I am an owner of an apartment in a large complex and I have a Disable Parking Permit. Do I have a right to park in the visitors car park disable spot?
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SA Special levy pymt

SA: Q&A Can a disputed special levy payment be set as a debt against the lot owner's levy account?

Tyson D'Sylva, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: If a special levy payment has been imposed and is being disputed, can this be set as a debt against the unit holders levy account?
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WA correspondence

WA: Q&A Strata Council Roles and Responsibilities - Correspondence

Strata GP
Question: Are there rules which regulates the communication process between the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer on a strata council? What are the strata council roles and responsibilities around this?
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NSW events 2017

NSW: Upcoming Strata Workshops and Strata Information Events 2017

LookUpStrata featuring upcoming events from Owners Corporation Network, Strata Community Australia (NSW) and City Of Sydney
If you are a Sydney strata lot owner, you're being spoilt for choice in 2017 with some excellent strata workshops and information events from City of Sydney, Strata Community Australia (NSW) and Owners Corporation Network. 

Another Event Added. Don't miss out on these great events hosted across Sydney!
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NSW RE Agents

NSW: Strata Managers vs Real Estate Agents - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property featuring Tim McKibbin of REI (NSW).
Real Estate Agent Duties and Responsibilities including tips for quick action steps to take for improving a problem relationship.

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NSW Retaining wall

NSW: Q&A Retaining Wall Maintenance Responsibility

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Retaining wall maintenance responsibility - Who is responsible for the repair of a retaining wall in the back yard of a town house.
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News of the Week

NSW Children noise

NSW: Noisy children have been warned against playing in “common areas” in one Lane Cove apartment block

Rebecca Parish, North Shore Times
Children playing on “common property” in one Lane Cove apartment block are at the centre of a dispute between residents and strata management.
QLD Strata Reforms

Queensland unit owners could be banned from smoking, having pets under proposed new laws

Jimmy Thomson, Domain
Bans on pets, restrictions on smoking, the right to tow rogue parkers’ cars and body corporates being able to issue their own fines for by-law breaches are all included in radical changes proposed for Queensland’s strata laws.


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China's first 'vertical forest' building will help clean its smoggy air


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QLD Have Your Say

Body corporate reforms up for discussion

The Palaszczuk Government has called for public submissions on an independent report setting out 29 recommendations on body corporate by-laws, debt recovery and community titles scheme terminations.

Queenslanders have until 5 May 2017 to have their say on the Government Property Law Review report, prepared by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

“Before considering any changes to the current laws, the Palaszczuk Government wants to hear people’s views on QUT’s recommendations,” Mrs D’Ath said. 

“These include improving the ability of bodies corporate to make and enforce by-laws dealing with vehicle towing, pets and second-hand cigarette smoke drift between units."

The full media release from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath can be read here

The report and information on how to make a submission can be found here.

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Fire safety reforms for NSW buildings REI (NSW)

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VIC: Contentious Fairfield development goes to public hearing Victoria News

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