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Podcast: Listen to the first in a series of Podcasts brought to you by Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property. This week, Amanda speaks with Karen Stiles, OCN - what can you do about short term letting in your building

News: There have been quite a few articles in the news over the past few weeks talking more about short term letting and also smoking in strata. Catch up on all the latest below in our News section.
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Strata By-Laws Legislation

FactSheet: Strata By-Laws & Legislation 


Take a look at our FactSheet covering information about Strata By-Laws & Legislation from around Australia. Read up on the latest articles and news on this topic.

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Latest Articles

Strata bylaws

Strata Bylaws: who needs them??

Peter Greenham, Independent Inspections
Strata bylaws play an important role of being consistent in the decision making process with regards to the maintenance of the building and the uses of common property.
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YSP Shorttermlets

How To Proactively Deal With Short Term Letting Issues In Strata - Podcast

Your Strata Podcast Featuring Karen Stiles, OCN
How Short Term Letting Led To An Extra 1000 Residents And 18 Illegal Brothels In One City Building. Podcast includes information on what steps you can take to proactively deal with short-term letting in your building.
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recording strata meetings

NSW: Can a Strata Meeting Be Recorded?

Adrian Mueller, J. S. Mueller & Co Lawyers
It is becoming increasingly common for strata meetings to be recorded. But is it legal to do so? The answer might surprise you.

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Commercial strata insurance

WA: Q&A Commercial Strata Insurance & Tenants Responsibilities in Strata

LookUpStrata + Richard Moxham , Whitbread Insurance Brokers & Sophie Glossop, Ace Body Corporate Management
Answers to some great strata questions from WA Lot Owners, this time about commercial strata insurance and tenants responsibilities regarding by-laws.

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LED Tube Replacement

Buyer beware - LED tube replacement risks you can't ignore

Surya Bedi, enLighten Australia
A simple replacement of fluorescent tubes with LED tubes is one of the lowest cost options for energy efficient lighting retrofits BUT it can come with significant performance & safety risks.
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Q&A Floorboards

NSW: Q&A Who is Responsible for Sanding & Polishing My Floorboards?

LookUpStrata + Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Who is responsible for maintaining / sanding polishing floorboards in a strata apartment? Aren't floorboards part of the common property?

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OHS Victoria

Maximum OHS fine more than doubling in Victoria

Deborah Sullivan, QIA Group
The Treasury and Finance Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 increases the maximum penalty for a body corporate that recklessly endangers a person at a workplace – in breach of s32 of the Victorian OHS Act – from 9000 penalty units (currently $1,365,030) to 20,000 units (currently $3,033,400).

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Q&A Management Rights

QLD: Management Rights Questions - Who Really Owns the Management Rights?

LookUpStrata & Hynes Legal
Management Rights questions were submitted to our site via email from a Queensland lot owner:
  1. Who is the legal owner of the agreements? My assumption is that it is the company and ultimately the sole share holder.
  2. What legal standing does the spouse have in claiming to be a joint caretaker and exercising the rights and responsibilities of a caretaker/manager?
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NSW Building defect claims

NSW: Better Resolution of Building Defect Claims

David Bannerman and Ben Robertson, Bannermans Lawyers
There may be a way to avoid lengthy and costly litigation and focus on what matters – the rectification of building defects. 
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News of the Week

Vic smoking

Quit Victoria says owners corporations should have ability to ban smoking in apartment buildings

Simon Leo Brown, ABC News
Quit Victoria says owners corporations in apartment buildings should be able to ban residents from smoking at home. The comments come as a Victorian Government review into consumer property law raised the issue of "smoke drift" within apartment blocks.

Airbnb: Victorian laws under pressure as landlord fails to evict ‘sublet’ tenants

Kirsten Robb, Domain
Tenants have scored a win as Victoria continues to grapple with the Airbnb phenomenon, after a tribunal found a St Kilda landlord could not evict tenants who had listed their apartment on the website. The landlord attempted to kick the renters out earlier this year after other residents in the building informed her the apartment was being used as an Airbnb.


Dubai fire

Huge fire engulfs high-rise apartments in Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Megan Levy, SMH
A huge fire has engulfed two high-rise towers in an apartment complex in the United Arab Emirates, sending residents fleeing into the streets as embers rained down on the city. The fire broke out in the 30-storey Ajman One apartment complex in the city of Ajman, about 50 kilometres from Dubai, about 9.45pm on Monday, 28 March.

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Victoria: Issue Paper 2: Owners Corporations


Consumer Affairs Victoria
The focus of this issues paper is the Owners Corporations Act 2006, which provides for the management, powers and functions of owners corporations (formerly body corporates), and mechanisms to resolve disputes.

The Owners corporations issues paper looks at whether these Acts are achieving their purposes and, in doing so, whether they are also achieving their informal purpose of improving the ‘liveability’ of strata communities.

This issues paper is open for public consultation until 29 April 2016. Feedback on this issues paper will inform the development of an options paper on potential legislative changes, which will be released in mid-2016. 

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Most read article from our last newsletter


NSW Strata Law Reform: Impacts on Strata Manager Agreements

David Bannerman and Mark Pollinger, Bannermans Lawyers
The complicated new rules create potential for an agent’s appointment to expire, leaving the scheme unrepresented.

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Breaking News

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The great apartment shakeout has begun The New Daily

NSW: Are you entitled to demand that your personal details are kept secret from your neighbours  Domain

Strata owners opposed to short-term letting need to pass bylaws now Domain

QLD: Petite pets can be big success in snug apartment homes of Far North Queensland The Cairns Post

Banks still nervous about off the plan at the Gold Coast Property Observer 

Brisbane's high-rise 'spiderman' burglar about to strike again Brisbane Times

VIC: No parking, no air con, no real estate agents, no worries
The Age

How to restrict the potential for intimidation at meetings and on the common property Docklands News

Lacrosse tower builder refuses to replace illegal flammable cladding, challenges owners to court battle The Age

WA: Plan to look at high-rise developments on an ugly scale The West Australian

WA’s anti-smoking lobbyists look for ban on smoking at home Domain

NZ: Death highlights leaky-building stress NZ Herald

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