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Article: Welcome to a new series of articles by Mike King, Townview Australia on External Building Maintenance. The first in this series - Understanding Roof Access Systems - may provide you with a better understanding of your building's maintenance requirements. If this article raises any questions for you, please include them in the comment section of the article and we will do our best to keep you informed.

News: Last week's big news story, Insurer rejects storm-damaged Lidcombe apartment building claim because of numerous defects is still being discussed in our LinkedIn Group - links to the discussion are provided below in the Comments section of the newsletter.

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Rope access

Understanding Roof Access Systems

Mike King
This report gives the basics on difficult access and the two Australian Standards that are applicable for people working in harnesses. The two types of harness usage are: Fall Arrest and Rope Access. 
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NSW contractors

NSW: Q&A Who Decides on the Strata Maintenance Contractors?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Who's decision is it to appoint strata maintenance contractors? My issue is that our committee want to appoint an expensive gardening company when we have cheaper quotes.
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SA Flammable Cladding

SA: “Ticking Time Bomb” Properties a Concern for Apartment, Unit and Townhouse Owners

Stephen Raff, Ace Body Corporate Management
Australia’s problem with building defects is a huge safety concern for property owners, and we fear that every city around the country has hundreds, if not thousands of “ticking time bomb” properties containing non compliant, highly flammable building materials.
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nsw renovate reforms

NSW: Renovating Strata Units - New Laws, New Opportunities

David Bannerman & Mark Pollinger, Bannermans Lawyers
NSW Strata Reforms will result in changes to the process involved in renovating strata units in NSW. Find out how this may affect your NSW strata renovations.
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QLD tax

QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Tax Return

Kaylene Arkcoll, Leary & Partners
Question: Relating to our body corporate tax return, where is the required form and how much do we pay?

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Reena Van Aalst on working with your strata manager and getting the most out of your building

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property
This weeks podcast discusses strata manager duties, ways of working with your strata manager and how that could be a huge benefit to you and your building.

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ACT Levy

ACT: Case Notes - Recovery Costs in Levy Recovery Matters

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
On 20 Nov 2015: ACAT heard a levy recovery matter & made a decision having a significant impact on all strata levy recovery costs matters commenced in ACAT.
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NSW Parking & Access

NSW: Q&A Parking on Common Property Without Approval & Accessing Strata Lots for Maintenance

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata 
Question: Can I park on common property if the area isn't being used by anyone within the scheme?

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News of the Week

HTW Prop Clock

Victoria and NSW jostle at peak of market for units: Herron Todd White Property Clock

Property Observer
The valuation firm Herron Todd White has issued its latest property clock for the residential market - a simple broad brush means to suggest where property markets are in April - and what direction prices are moving in.


NSW: Q&A Are there template renovation bylaws available?
Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
New comments, providing further clarification, are available on this post.

Insurer rejects storm-damaged Lidcombe apartment building claim because of numerous defects SMH
We continue to discuss this matter in our LinkedIn Group. Read new comments here.

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Last Days

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. 

More Information
Apr 22: 
SCA (WA): Strata Reform Overview – Landgate (Crawley)

Apr 27: 
SCA (WA): Settlements on Strata Living

Apr 30: 
SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Day

May 2: 
City Of Sydney: Strata 101 The New Executive Committee Member: Individual need or the collective good

May 4 - 6: 
A100: SCA National Introduction to living & working in the strata community (WA)

May 5: 
SCA (QLD): Standard V Part 5 Agreements (Sunshine Coast)

SCA (QLD): Compliance (Sunshine Coast)

May 9: 
City Of Sydney: Strata 101 The Handover: From developer to owners

May 10: 
SCA (WA): Lot Owners Forum

May 14: 
NSW: OCN – Flat Chat Live Trivia

May 25 - 27:
SCA National ConveNTion 2016

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Window locks nsw

The Guide to Window Locks Legislation NSW

Compilation Post
Question: What types of window locking devices are being installed in strata buildings to comply with the new window locks legislation NSW?

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Breaking News

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Building Certifiers Under the Gun Sourceable

NSW: Fire alarm concern as 'suspicious' restaurant blaze forces 100 residents from Sydney units SMH

Baird kicks open door to rate rises with fresh IPART inquiry Government News


A ‘wee’ noise problem keeps strata owner awake Domain

QLD: High-rise Iglu student accommodation opens its doors after fire fears dismissed Brisbane Times

Inside Six Of The Most Iconic Projects On The Gold Coast The Urban Developer

VIC: Strata deals for city office space show upside for investors SMH

WA: High density coming, like it or not! The West Australian

NT: Man plunges to death from balcony of Luma Luma Apartments on Knuckey St, Darwin NT News


Canada: Smoker claims strata's ban violates her human rights CBC News

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