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Welcome to our latest newsletter full of strata title information from around Australia.

Here we are in November, heading towards the end of the year at a cracking pace! If you are looking for a change, take a look at our position vacant from Rockend below. It may just be the post that changes your life! Or maybe you have a position to fill? We can help you with that.

As promised, this edition of the newsletter includes our very first ever Good News section. Big congratulations to our 4 mentions. Be sure to let me know your good news ready for the next edition of the newsletter.

We would like to provide a warm welcome to our first time blog author appearing in this edition - Bettina Deda, author of Downsize With Style. Also, we welcome back Garth Noone from Common Ground Property Services and Kelly Borell from Tower Body Corporate Administration. As always, a big thank you to all of our regular contributors.

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I’m Buying Off The Plan: Should I Still Get A Strata Search?

Lisa Rutland,

When buying off the plan strata any report is going to be fairly light on detail because not much has happened yet. Should you still get a strata search?
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QLD: Do you have paid Committee Members sitting on your Body Corporate Board?

Kelly Borell,
Tower Body Corporate Administration

Are you an owner in a Body Corporate with paid committee members? Are you aware whether approval for payment has been carried out by following the correct procedure?
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NSW: The Owners – Strata Plan No 76674 v Di Blasio Constructions Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1067

Pierrette Khoury,
Turnbull Bowles Lawyers

The Owners - Strata Plan No 76674 v Di Blasio Constructions Pty Ltd NSWSC 1067 highlights important principles with regard to the duty to mitigate.
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NSW: CCTV in Strata Schemes

Michael Pobi, Pobi Lawyers
CCTV security cameras can assist owners corporations and investigators to identify & manage issues in strata schemes. So what legislation governs the use of CCTV in NSW?
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Smart Strategies for Small Outdoor Spaces

Bettina Deda, Downsize With Style

Downsizing from a big garden to a small apartment outdoor area can be a challenging task. Make the most of your small outdoor spaces with these tips.
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QLD: What is defamation?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal

It is critical to exercise caution and courtesy in all communications lest your words come back to haunt you in the form of a defamation claim.
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NSW: Building Defects Claim Update – High Court Hands Down Decision in Brookfield Case

David Bannerman and Ben Robertson
Bannermans Lawyers

On 8 October 2014, the High Court in Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corporation Strata Plan 61288 HCA 36 (“the Brookfield case ”) found that a builder did not owe a duty of care to an owners corporation in a serviced apartment complex (not residential building works) where sophisticated parties had negotiated rectification clauses.
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Putting the ‘community’ into community title

Garth Noone,
Common Ground Property Services

The creative use of common areas in body corporate complexes with projects such as community gardens can be one way to build a greater sense of community amongst residents.
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Privacy for Strata Managers – Three lessons from the Australian Information Commissioner

Allison Benson and Nicola Bailey,
Kerin Benson Lawyers
Here are three lessons for strata managers in maintaining compliance with the Australian Privacy Principles.
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NSW: Owners Corporation’s Duties Regarding Window Safety Devices / Barriers

Michael Pobi, Pobi Lawyers
Owners corporation of a strata scheme must ensure that there are complying window safety devices for all windows of each building in the strata scheme by 13 March 2018.
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Good News for LookUpStrata Community Members and Subscribers from around Australia

Congratulations to Brent Clark, CEO and Founder of Wattblock on their recent inclusion in Telstra's Muru-D. Muru-D has just invested in the Wattblock team to accelerate them over the next 6 months at their innovation centre in Paddington, Sydney.
Great news for Christine and the team at Green Strata. Green Strata is the winner of the Community Sustainability Award in the NSW Government’s 2014 Green Globe Awards. For more news and information on the other winners, continue reading here.
Our VERY regular contributor, Michael Pobi of Pobi Strata has just announced the launch of their great new website. If you have not seen it yet, please drop by their site and have a look.
Let Michael know what you think. He would love to hear your feedback.
Congratulations Kelly Borell of Tower Body Corporate Administration in Southport, QLD.
Kelly has worked for Tower Body Corporate Administration for the past 5 years and has just been promoted to General Manager. We wish you all the best in your new position Kelly!

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Strata Events Calendar

Nov 5
NSW: Water efficiency grants for apartments buildings - City of Sydney (Sydney)

Nov 6
SCA (QLD): Get Up To Speed (Cairns)

Nov 7
SCA (NSW): Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (Canberra)

Nov 11
SCA (VIC): SIG - Retirement Villages (Collingwood)

Nov 13
SCA (WA): Golf Tournament (Wembley Golf Club)

Nov 14
SCA (WA): State Conference (Scarborough)

Nov 18
City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 workshops - From Meeting to Minutes: Why good governance matters

Nov 21
SCA (VIC): Repairs & Maintenance (Bulleen)

Nov 22
NSW: Downsizing 101: The New Workshop for Empty Nesters
Sustainable Residential Tower set to Commence after Two Week Sell-Out - See more at:
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