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Well, here we are NSW! The Reforms officially begin TODAY. We have quite a few NSW strata reform articles below. For a full library of all previously published reform posts, please visit our FactSheet: Strata Reforms and check under the NSW tab.

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NSW Strata Hotline

NSW: Fair Trading Contact Centre Prepares For Strata Law Reform

NSW Fair Trading
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today reminded owners, tenants, strata and property managers that new strata laws will come into effect next Wednesday, 30 November 2016. They have opened a Strata Hotline to help answer questions.
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QLD: Q&A Strata Manager Not Responding To Instructions Due to Minor Procedural Inadequacies

Frank Higginson
Question: Our Strata Manager is not responding to clear wishes of the majority of committee members because of some minor procedural inadequacies.
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NSW Window locks

NSW: Q&A Which Doors and Windows Need Strata Window Locks?

Anthony Shakar, ASQB Window Safety
Question: How do we know which doors and windows in our apartment require strata window locks? Does the new legislation mean we cannot enjoy fresh air?

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NSW strata tenants

NSW Strata Reforms & Tenants Rights

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
When the new Management Act 2015 commences, eligible tenants have certain rights. Who are “eligible tenants”? What rights do they have after 30 November 2016?
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NSW Breach bylaws fines

NSW: Fines Get Bigger For Breaching Strata ByLaws

Andrew Jakes, Ace Body Corporate Management
Fines are being doubled for breaching strata bylaws and if you are caught offending twice in the same year, expect to pay double again in strong new legislation set to mean big changes for 2.1 million owners statewide.
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NSW Strata Meetings

NSW: Tips on How To Run A Good Strata Meeting - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property featuring Karina Heinz, Propessive Strata Services
Good strata meeting procedures are important! Here we discuss steps to having a good strata meeting - starting with creating a clear and thoughtful agenda. Hear the quick wins and tips you can take away now.
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Vic Common Property

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

Stephen Raff, Ace Body Corporate Management
Questions are commonly received by strata managers from owners along the lines of ‘What is mine and what is part of common property’. The list of questions can be somewhat exhaustive and often requires viewing the property’s plan of subdivision, however this article attempts to address some of the more common areas of concern for owners.
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Did you know......NSW Reforms


Reforms Factsheet

FactSheet: Strata Law Reform

Your Reform information library! Access all previously published NSW Strata Reform articles from this one FactSheet. Have some concerns about an area of the new legislation? Take a read. It's all there.

Wondering how you will keep up with the changes to Legislation over the next few months?

Which Acts are changing and when? How can you easily access the new Acts?

See the 'New South Wales' tab on our Strata Legislation page for details about the upcoming changes to NSW Legislation. This information has been provided by Leanne Habib, Premium Strata.

Don't forget to bookmark the page - it's an excellent resource and one of the most viewed pages on our site.

News of the Week

NSW Smoking Zones

Designated smoking zones planned for NSW apartment blocks

Jimmy Thomson, Domain
Sydney’s unit blocks may soon get a feature they will share with pubs’ pokie parlours, as well as some overseas international airports. Apartment owners will soon be able to set up smoking zones on common property.


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Securit Alert: Letterbox bandits

A Current Affair
The letterbox bandits who will steal your mail and then your identity, as organised crime syndicates find newer and easier ways of targeting unsuspecting victims. Thanks to Franck Bossi, Prox Access for bringing this security update to our attention.
Reality of Strata - E20

'By-laws' - E20 Strata 101

Michael Teys, Block Lawyers
In this segment Michael looks at the ways in which by-laws govern parking, pets and a range of other facets of life in strata.

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VIC Q&A Stop Self Managed

VIC: Q&A Becoming A Self Managed Strata Scheme – Can I Stop This?

Kristi Kinast, LOC Strata Management
Question: Our developer, who still owns the majority of the lots, has decided they want to self-manage the building. How can I stop this from happening?
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Have Your Say

Consumer Property Law Review

The Options Paper for the reform of the Owners Corporation Act 2006 was put out a last week. The paper is now open for public consultation.

This options paper examines the issues that have been identified for reform, and presents options for consideration in areas such as egulation of owners corporation managers and decision-making within owners corporations.

Submissions Due: COB 16 Dec 2016

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Property Law Review – Have Your Say On Body Corporate Issues

A review of Queensland’s property laws is being conducted by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of QUT for the Queensland Government. 
QUT has recommended that a new system for dividing costs in community titles schemes be adopted.
The Government would like to hear from the community and industry about whether they consider QUT’s recommendations to be a fair and practical.

Submissions Due: COB 23 Dec 2016

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Breaking News

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Apartments Bear Brunt As Housing Comes Off Record Peak The Urban Developer

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Off-the-plan apartments: the many problems with buying before property is built Brisbane Times

Amalgamation: the buzzword of 2016 SMH

Demolishing Sydney: How to take down a high rise Commercial Real Estate

Industry experts concerned apartment developers cutting corners in investor-driven Sydney market Domain

QLD: Chinese Company Plans $400 Million Theme Park On Gold Coast The Urban Developer

Quest installs electric car charging station Accomnews

Never lived-in 1970s apartments sold at auction

VIC: Apartment height limits 'not a NIMBY thing', says Yarra mayor The Age

WA: Elderly activist pushes for simpler retirement village contracts ABC News

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