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Welcome to this edition of Your Strata News. 

This week we launch the very first Video in our new Strata Snapshot Series. I thank Pete Berney, Solutions In Engineering, for his time and knowledge regarding the topic of NSW Strata Window Safety. Watch out for further informative videos in this series.

Tax time is upon us. Find the information below on the ATO's latest: Strata title body corporate tax return and instruction 2016 document.

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NSW window safety

NSW Strata Window Safety - VIDEO

Peter Berney, Solutions In Engineering
Welcome to our very first video in our new Strata Snapshot Series.
Pete Berney speaks on a topic he is passionate about - Window Safety in NSW. What is it all about? Who is responsible? Why should you comply?

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MR assignments

QLD: Conditioning management rights assignments

Hynes Legal
Recently, we have seen a lot more of bodies corporate conditioning assignments for events both before and after the assignment itself. Conditioning a management rights assignment with conditions could be reasonable. It also might not be.

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NSW trampoline

NSW: Q&A Move the trampoline! By Law Breach Notice

Jake Andrews, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: My landlord and I have received a by law breach notice about my trampoline being visible from the front of the building. Do we really have to move it?

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make it safe

Understanding Roof Access Systems - Make It Safe (Part V)

Mike King, Townview Australia
Monitoring the old, and the not so old, buildings with their faces above the footpaths of our city is a responsibility of the building owners and managers, to ensure the safety of us all.

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buying off the plan

Buying Off the Plan – Is It Better?

Principal Mr. Dieb P. Khoury and Clare Dominello,
Benjamin & Khoury Solicitors.

Buying off the plan is becoming more common within Sydney especially among investors and the aging population know as downsizes.

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qld storms

QLD: Where Did Our Roof Go? Top tips for Bodies Corporate dealing with Storm Damage

Mario Esera, Piper Alderman
When it comes to damage caused by the recent Queensland storms, where exactly does a Body Corporate’s obligations start and end? Dealing with a flooded foyer is one thing, but what happens when the roof of your apartment complex has been blown away?
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older building maintenance

NSW: Q&A Older Building Maintenance and Safety Requirements

Peter Berney, Solutions In Engineering
Question: Do new units have certain maintenance and/or safety requirements that older smaller block units may be exempt from?
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community in strata

How To Establish A Sense Of Community In Strata Schemes - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property
featuring Rachel Cosentino, Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Opportunity for community: The true essence of living in Strata. Why it is important for people living in Strata and Community Schemes to feel the sense of community?

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nsw cpd

NSW: What is Strata Reporting? (Post 2016 Reform Position Paper - Part 3)

Paula Byrnes, Metropolitan Strata Reports
Protecting consumers will become a team effort for Strata Managing Agents and Sales Agents … but what about new rules for the Owners Corporation? What can be done to educate strata owners about their responsibilities?

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QLD: Paint Manufacturers - They Really Want to Help… And It is Free!

Wayne Stevens, Unit Owners Association of Queensland (UOAQ)
We are hearing lots of ‘good news’ stories about the FREE ‘One –Stop’ consultancy service on offer to Bodies Corporate from major paint manufacturers in Queensland.

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insurance excess

SA: Q&A Claim Due to a Leaky Pipe. Who Pays the Insurance Excess?

Whitbread Insurance Brokers & Tyson D'Sylva, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: I had a breach pipe in the shower and insurance has paid the claim. Who pays the insurance excess - the owner or the body corporate?

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Assisting child safety and preventing falls

Matias Trewhela, Guardian Net
Guardian Net, for the safety and protection of people of any age and providing peace of mind for those responsible. A safety net for the very few seconds in which accidents may occur.
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nsw duplex

NSW: Q&A Two Lot Strata Scheme - Can We Get Out of the Strata Management Contract?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We have just purchased into a 2 lot scheme. Can we get out of the current contract & self manage the scheme instead?

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News of the Week

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New York Senate passes bill that bans short-term apartment listings on Airbnb

Chris Welch, The Verge
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will soon either veto or sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to advertise entire unoccupied apartments for short-term rentals on Airbnb.


wa staged dev

Staged strata development

WA Strata Reforms - A staged strata development is a scheme that is intended to be developed in stages by one or more plans of re-subdivision. This is different to a scheme which is complete at the point that it is first registered.


Strata title body corporate tax return and instructions 2016

Australian Taxation Office
You can download this publication in Portable Document Format (PDF) at Strata title body corporate tax return and instructions 2016 (NAT 4125, 310KB).
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Part 2

NSW: What is Strata Reporting? (post the 2016 Reform Position Paper – Part 2)

Paula Byrnes, Metropolitan Strata Reports
Streamlining the information required to be kept by the owners corporation will do little to improve access to this information. Making owners corporations accountable by the way they make decisions will GREATLY improve consumer protection.

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