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NSW Safety for stairwells

NSW: Q&A Safety Regulations for Stairs / Common Stairways

Deborah Sullivan, QIA Group Pty Ltd
Question: I am looking ( without success) for any requirements regarding safety regulations for stairs / common stairways.
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Nat Sustainability rating

Help create a new national sustainability rating for apartment buildings - Last Chance!

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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NSW Loans

NSW Strata Legislation, Opportunity and Options

Lannock Strata Finance
The new strata laws that came into force 30 November 2016 in NSW are making it easier for apartment owners to update or redevelop ageing unit blocks. One way to do this is by accessing strata loans.
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NSW Exec Committee

NSW: Q&A Can a Tenant and the landlord hold positions in executive committee?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Is it permissible for a tenant and a landlord of the same unit to hold positions on the executive committee, say chairman and secretary?
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NSW strata manager

SA: Q&A Strata manager wanted! I'm getting no response.

Tyson D'Sylva, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: Strata manager wanted! I recently purchased a unit and my strata manager will not respond. Who can I turn to for assistance?

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QLD amalgamation of units

QLD: Q&A Amalgamation of Units 3 Into 1 - What do I need to do?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: How do go about the amalgamation of units? I'm amalgamating 3 strata title units into 1 large apartment. How are unit entitlements affected?

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WA water leak

WA: Who pays for the repair of a leaking water meter?

Strata GP
Question: I have noticed a leak at the water meter to our unit. I believe that we are not responsible for the repair as the fault occurs before the water reaches our water meter.
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NSW dilapidation report

NSW Q&A What is a dilapidation report?

Andrew Terrell, Wellman Strata
Question:Question: The difference between section 62 report & a dilapidation report NSW? A 106 is now 106 Duty of owners corporation to maintain and repair property.
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Professional Indemnity

Strata Managers can now add Public Liability & Management Liability to their Professional Indemnity insurance program

CRM Brokers
In an increasingly litigious environment, it is prudent for strata mangers to consider a Professional Indemnity policy combined with Public Liability and Management Liability, protecting your business from a wide range of common liability exposures that may be faced.
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NSW Filling Committee Vacancies

NSW: Do you have vacancies in your strata committee? Here’s what to do

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
A strata manager client recently called to ask about what to do when a strata committee member, who was also an officer of the Owners Corporation, resigned. Is it important to fill the vacancy?
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NSW: Signing DAs and problems with NCAT penalties - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer's Your Strata Property podcast series featuring Reena Van Aalst, Strata Central
A behind the scenes insight into the strata sector: executing the DA for works to common property plus how to get NCAT penalty orders under the new NSW laws.
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NSW air conditioning repair

NSW: Q&A Strata Maintenance Responsibilities: Air Conditioning Unit

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: When it comes to strata maintenance responsibilities, who is responsible for maintaining an individual unit’s ducted air conditioning systems when their main components are located outside the Lot’s boundaries?
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NSW Minister Matt Kean displeased as strata giant slugs more than 200,000 unit owners with fees

Jimmy Thomson, Domain

More than 200,000 unit owners have been slugged with compulsory “compliance fees” potentially totalling millions of dollars, that critics have branded “gouging”. And the NSW government minister in charge of strata has joined a chorus of disapproval from the strata community, saying he thinks the charges are unwarranted.

Airbnb Sydney

Airbnb's new building program to give strata bodies a cut of short-stay rentals

Lucy Cormack, SMH

Strata fees could fall in buildings that allow owners to list their properties on Airbnb, under a building program launched by the home sharing platform this week. The Friendly Buildings Program, which has been piloted in the US, will redirect a recommended 5 to 15 per cent of an Airbnb booking fee back to the strata body, giving it a cut of the lucrative home sharing market.

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Help Create a National Sustainability Rating for Apartment Buildings - Survey


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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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