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We have some great Q&As this week:

Once agin, our thoughts go out to any affected by Cyclone Debbie. We have included Mario Esera's recent article again, in case you are still in need of the information: QLD: Top tips for Bodies Corporate dealing with Storm Damage. 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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Latest Articles

NSW window safety

Q&A Why Should I Install Child Proof Window Locks NSW?

Peter Berney, Solutions in Engineering
Question: I live by myself and don't ever have small children inside my town house. Why has the body corporate contacted me about installing child proof window locks?
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NSW Emergency Services Levy

NSW Emergency Services Levy change … a fairer system for strata owners

Paul Keating, Strata Community Insurance
On 29 March 2017, the NSW Government passed the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017. This long overdue reform to the NSW Emergency Services Levy introduces a fairer and more sustainable approach to funding of NSW fire and emergency services, finally moving NSW in line with other states.

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WA off the plan

WA Owners, Builders, Architects, Developers and Investors - "Lift your game"

Strata GP
I read the recent PerthNow: Builder's collapse causes apartment 'nightmare' and offer some general advice to owners, builders, architects, developers and investors. "Lift your game".
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QLD Privacy Act

Q&A The Body Corporate Roll QLD and The Privacy Act

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Our body corporate committee has direct our body corporate manager not to provide a copy of the body corporate roll under a s.205 request, because it contains personal and confidential information, and will breach the Privacy Act.

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NSW AGM Minutes

NSW: Q&A Owners Corporation AGM Minutes Not Factually Recorded

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: We feel our Owners Corporation AGM minutes do not factually represent the events of the meeting. How can we fix this?

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Fixing Leaking Roof

Fixing a Leaking Roof

Paul Evans, President - Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW)
As a Registered Building Practitioner who is also a specialist in waterproofing installation, I have witnessed the devastating consequences of not fixing a leaking roof in a timely manner.

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NSW: Agency Agreements Expiry Deadline - 29 May 2017

Bannermans Lawyers
Those committees and managers who are eligible to extend appointments up to the next general meeting should carefully oversee decisions to ensure the agency agreement does not terminate.
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NSW strata renewal

NSW: Collective Sale and Renewal - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer's Your Strata Property podcast series featuring Leisha de Aboitiz, Massons
detailed look at the three stages the Owners Corporation will need to follow when working towards a collective sale or strata renewal of their strata building. This may not be a speedy process.
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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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News of the Week

Cyclone Debbie

ACT: Big rates and land tax hike for Canberra apartment owners

Kirsten Lawson, The Canberra Times

Owners of units and apartments will face a big rates hike this year as the ACT government moves to bring their rates into line with freestanding houses.


No-smoking by-laws the next step for a smoke free Queensland

Ms Chris McMillan, Cancer Council Queensland

Queenslanders have stepped up the call for a smoke free state – and their voices have been widely heard. An overwhelming majority of submissions to a State Government review supported the creation of powers by which body corporates can ban smoking in units and apartments.

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WA Micro Apartments

Micro-apartments pop up in Perth

Rob Scott, The West Australian

Would you live in an apartment that’s the same size as two car parking bays? Micro-apartments that are roughly 30sqm in living space are a way of life in Europe, and now they are increasing in popularity across Perth.

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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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Downsizing a red hot 2017 Federal Budget issue Property Observer

Say goodbye to strata cowboys  The Fifth Estate

NSW: Government To Legislate A Truce In Airbnb War The Urban Developer

Problems with the new strata laws  REINSW

VIC: Hot apartments: 'If we need air conditioning, we've designed it wrong' The Guardian

New apartment sales in Melbourne slowing: Urbis Property Observer

QLD: Brisbane apartment oversupply: Rents predicted to fall 10% this year Domain

How & Why Strata Managers Terminate Strata Management Agreements

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