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Help create a new national sustainability rating for apartment buildings

Christine Byrne, Green Strata
You’re invited to participate in a Data Collection Survey to facilitate the creation of a new national sustainability rating for apartment buildings. Survey open --> 22nd March.

By completing the survey, you will go into a draw to win a $200 Visa gift card and your building will go into a draw to receive a free NABERS rating during the pilot stage of the project.

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If It Has a Balcony, It Will Leak

Paul Evans, Findlay & Evans Waterproofing
Why is my balcony leaking? This article looks at reasons your balcony may be leaking and some successful remedial waterproofing systems to solve your problems.
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VIC: Q&A Strata Management Fees - What is Fair?

Stuart Mellington, Select OwnersCorp Management
Question: I just found out from my body corporate manager that every time an email is CCd or 'carbon copied' to them, we get charged 69 cents. Are these standard strata management fees?
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QLD: Q&A Change Of Ownership of Body Corporate Management Company

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: Why weren't we advised of the change of ownership of our body corporate management company? Is this reasonable, and how does this affect the finance accounts?
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WA Strata ByLaws; Friend or Foe? The Final Solution

Strata GP
Legislation in your state has considered the complexities of managing shared resources and created by-laws enforceable by law. These by-laws are impartial and based on requirements for fair and due process in carrying out set obligations.
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NSW parking

NSW Q&A Strata Parking Laws

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: My elderly mother is being locked in by the other strata title owner’s visitors. What should our next steps be?
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NSW: What is the real cost of adding to your Owners Corporation?

Aylie Brutman, Economos & Co
With the recent NSW changes to the rules for collective sale, many Owners Corporations - who may not want to leave their homes entirely - have been sparked into thinking about adding to, or changing the existing buildings for the benefit of all owners.
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NSW: Q&A Capital Works Fund - How Many Quotes Are required?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Is it a requirement that managing agents in NSW solicit and present three competitive quotes for any work requiring Capital Works Funding to the Strata’s executive committee?
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Airbnb to hold ‘secret’ briefing for NSW state MPs

Jimmy Thomson, Domain

Airbnb is ramping up its efforts to gain access to Sydney’s apartment blocks by holding a private briefing for NSW state MPs ahead of new legislation on the short-term holiday letting industry.

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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 is open until the 22nd March. 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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