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Our thoughts go out this week to any affected by Cyclone Debbie. We have included Mario Esera's recent article QLD: Top tips for Bodies Corporate dealing with Storm Damage in the newsletter below. Please let us know if you have any questions by placing a comment at the end of the Top Tips article.

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Q&A Elevator emergency phone requirements – What are the alternatives?

Rod Post, Elevate Consultancy
When it comes to elevator emergency phone requirements, what are the alternatives to lift phones for emergency purposes other than a fixed Telstra line?
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QLD storms

QLD: Top tips for Bodies Corporate dealing with Storm Damage

Mario Esera, HWL Ebsworth
When it comes to damage caused by the recent Queensland storms, where exactly does a Body Corporate’s obligations start and end?
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WA Strata Searches

Q&A Strata Search WA - What Information Is Available When I'm Buying Strata?

Strata GP
Question: We are trying to find out what searches / certificates are available or required when selling or buying a unit in WA. What strata search documents should we be looking for?
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QLD noisy floorboards

QLD: Q&A The noisy floorboards upstairs disturb our peace

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: Is it legal to have floorboards in an upstairs unit? At times we are disturbed by the noisy floorboards upstairs.

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NSW renovations

NSW: Q&A Renovating A Strata Unit - What Steps Do We Need To Take?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We wish to renovate our strata unit in Sydney - new kitchen, remove a wall. What are the steps involved to obtain approval from our owners corporation?

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NSW Strata pets

NSW By-Laws & Pets: What is harsh unconscionable or oppressive?

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
NSW Strata Laws on Pets: A strict prohibition on the keeping of pets within a strata scheme may be deemed to be invalid under the new section 139 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.
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NSW registering bylaws

NSW: Overly Eager Agents & Extended By-law Registration Periods - Podcast

Amanda Farmer's Your Strata Property podcast series featuring Reena Van Aalst, Strata Central
Regarding registration of by laws NSW, if your by law was resolved prior to 30th November 2016, the 2 year period for registering the by law at the LPI still applies.
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NSW: Q&A We've been using the wrong allocated car parking space

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We have been using the wrong parking space. What rights do we have to get our allocated car parking space as per the contract for sale?
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News of the Week

Cyclone Debbie

Storm damage: Cyclone Debbie

The Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management

This information has been put together to help people in community title schemes deal with problems caused by the storm. This information is relevant to all schemes in Queensland.

New Media


NSW: Nightmare build on Sunday Extra: Background Briefing

Tom Switzer on ABC Radio National
Buying a new apartment? Defects are driving many owners to court to get their leaks and defects fixed after they discover changes to insurance law means they are no longer covered. It's you versus the builder, so bring your lawyer.
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SCA National Conference

When: 14 -16 June 2017
Where: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Registrations to the 2017 SCA National Better Together Conference are officially open. The conference is designed to inform, inspire and connect strata professionals in our community.
We aim to help Principals, management staff and those offering products and services to the strata industry with the chance to come together to learn and network.
Attendees will hear local and international speakers discuss the latest industry research, and how that research has been translated into practical tools for daily use.
Keynotes include Michael Matusik, property expert and Saroo Brierley, whose life was the inspiration of the Nicole Kidman film, Lion.

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Have Your Say

Help Create a National Sustainability Rating for Apartment Buildings - Survey

You’re invited to participate in a Data Collection Survey to facilitate the creation of a new national sustainability rating for apartment buildings.

For more information, see Green Strata's article. The Survey has been extended until the 15th April. Great prizes are on offer for participating. Get involved! 

QLD: 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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Investors need to take an interest

Stop building apartments for investors and start building for future generations Domain

Developers seizing on disability-friendly apartment opportunities as NDIS needs soar ABC News

NSW: Strata body takes Airbnb battle to the top Central

Developer offers big incentive to sell apartments left unsold in Parramatta development

When Does My Strata Management Agreement End Under the New Law? Lawyers Chambers on Riley

VIC: Owner of three car spaces in East Ivanhoe flats wants to build three-level house SMH

Developers owe fiduciary duties to OCs, but always read the fine print Docklands News

QLD: Sinking funds fall short: apartments at risk following Cyclone Debbie Domain


WA: Push to change WA’s strata laws Busselton Mail

ACT: The key things to consider before buying a Canberra apartment Domain

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