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NSW - are you aware that from 30 November 2016, the strata reform requires owners corporations to consider building defects and rectification at each annual general meeting until the expiry of the warranty periods for the applicable statutory warranties? What does this mean for your scheme and what do you need to do? Bannermans Lawyers fill us in with this post.

A message from enLighten Australia to take away from the recent SA Storms - What state is your emergency lighting in? Now is a great time to check.

Do you know......we have a News Archive page listing all of our past newsletters? All the way back to Newsletter #2 from June 19, 2013! 

Warning - SCAM ALERT
WARNING ABOUT A BUSINESS POSING AS COUNCIL  - read more below in our News section or click this link from the Fire Protection Association Australia.

A message from Australian Council on Smoking & Health (ACOSH): Live, rent or own a strata titled property in WA?! Complete this survey - Smoke Drift in Strata Housing - Council of Owners - before October 24 and go into the running for a $100 gift voucher.

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Latest Articles

QLD Accurate minutes

QLD: Lot entitlements - Can you unscramble the egg?

Hynes Legal
QUT professors have recommended a solution to the strata titled lot entitlements problem. Read on to find out what it is & how these changes may affect you.
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NSW Q&A Roof repair

NSW: Q&A How Does the Committee Organise a Leaky Roof Repair?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
A step-by-step guide to repairing a leaky strata scheme roof. From inspecting the issue and sourcing quotes to chasing up the special levy payments.
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VIC Audits

VIC: Are your prescribed OC’s statutory financial statements audited as they should be? (What to look out for!)

Tony Tassone, Property Audit & Assurance
(A division of Lowe Lippmann Chartered Accountants)

If the OC is prescribed, the audit needs to follow Australian Auditing Standards. An inappropriate audit (for whatever reason) leaves everyone a little bit exposed.
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NSW Complex schemes

NSW: How To Manage Complex Strata & Community Schemes - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property featuring Chris Duggan, Bright & Duggan
Want to learn more about how Complex Strata and Community Schemes work? What are some quick steps to take to get more involved in your complex scheme?
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wa leasehold

WA: Leasehold Strata Will Give Landowners New Leasing Options

Western Australian landowners can look forward to more leasing options through reforms to the Strata Titles Act 1985, which propose to allow for leasehold strata.
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SA Emergency Lighting

SA Storms: Nothing Like a Blackout to Expose Emergency Lighting Failings

enLighten Australia
When it comes to emergency lighting requirements, with modern LED emergency lighting technology improvements, there are fewer excuses to be caught in the dark.
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NSW Build Defects

NSW Strata Reforms: Building Defects - What You Need To Know

David Bannerman and Anne Fernando, Bannermans Lawyers
On or from 30 November 2016, the strata reform requires owners corporations to consider building defects and rectification at each annual general meeting until the expiry of the warranty periods for the applicable statutory warranties.
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NBN Lift Phones

Are you NBN ready with your lift phones?

Rod Post, Elevate Consultancy
The NBN will affect operation of lift phones, fire alarm panels, back to base security systems, medical alert systems and landline phones in many buildings.
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QLD No to extensions

QLD: Voting “NO” to Extensions and Assignments of Management Rights Agreements

Mario Esera, Piper Alderman
Bodies Corporate can feel helpless to resist a merry-go-round of management rights extension and assignments. A recent decision of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal shows that this needn’t be the case.
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Vic Business from strata

VIC: Q&A Running a Business in Residential Strata & the Impact on Insurance

Ann Farrugia, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
Question: We have an owner/occupier who runs her business from her unit. Does this affect the owners corporation insurance? Can we put a stop to this activity?
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Did you know......NSW Reforms

There  are  just  49 days  until  the  NSW  reforms  kick  in!

Wondering how you will keep up with the changes to Legislation over the next few months?

Which Acts are changing and when? How can you easily access the new Acts?

See the 'New South Wales' tab on our Strata Legislation page for details about the upcoming changes to NSW Legislation. This information has been provided by Leanne Habib, Premium Strata.

Don't forget to bookmark the page - it's an excellent resource and one of the most viewed pages on our site!

News of the Week

FPA Warning


Fire Protection Association Australia
FPA Australia is again warning building owners, occupiers and managers about unethical fire protection providers posing as representatives of local council relating to fire.
wa netball breach

WA: Children playing netball on their Perth driveway a breach of Strata by-laws?

Emma Young, WA Today
Parents flabbergasted when the owner of their Carramar rental informed them that their two daughters were breaching the Strata Titles Act by playing netball on their own driveway.


Reality of Strata - E13

'Owners Corporations' - E13 Strata 101: From Buying off the Plan to Your First Strata Meeting

Michael Teys, Block Lawyers
The defining feature of a strata scheme is the corporation of owners that make it, known as either the owners corporation or the body corporate.

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Strata Fraud

Fraud Alert - QLD Strata Manager’s Alleged $750,000 Fraud

Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
Strata insurers are now starting to receive embezzlement claims, following a recent case where a director of a strata management company allegedly misappropriated funds of up to $750,000 from various bodies corporate.
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Featured Event

SCA (SA): 2016 CHU Strata Community Awards

The SCA (SA) 2016 CHU Strata Community Awards recognise and reward the individuals and companies who make a significant contribution to the strata industry and community. Participating in the SCA (SA) 2016 CHU Strata Community awards allows you to demonstrate your commitment to excellence, as you showcase your most outstanding qualities, biggest successes and most innovative initiatives.

Event Date: Nov 4

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Fly Straight To The Top In The World’s Fastest Lifts The Urban Developer


A functional floor plan key to getting a good price for a house  Domain


Apartment prices fell 20pc back in 2004, could history repeat? ABC News

Thinking Outside The Box In Designing Affordable Housing The Urban Developer

The extreme solution to living harmoniously in an apartment building? Hand out strata licences  Domain

NSW: Foreign Buyers Flock To Sydney Apartment Market, Urbis The Urban Developer

QLD:  Gold Coast property bought for 50 quid expected to make $1m at auction Gold Coast Bulletin


VIC: Why owners of Melbourne’s oldest apartments are reluctant to sell Domain


Flood of AirBnB listings sees hosts income drop by 40 per cent SMH

Luxury Precinct Aims To Put Melbourne On World Stage The Urban Developer


SA: Prefabricated timber apartments to boost Adelaide housing market, industry predicts  ABC News


WA:  Fremantle Council promotes German apartment construction model to bypass developers ABC News


Queensland: Have Your Say

Property Law Review – Have Your Say On Body Corporate Issues

A review of Queensland’s property laws is being conducted by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of QUT for the Queensland Government. 
QUT has recommended that a new system for dividing costs in community titles schemes be adopted.
The Government would like to hear from the community and industry about whether they consider QUT’s recommendations to be a fair and practical.

Submissions Due: COB 23 Dec 2016

Find Out More

Oct 12
NSW Fair Trading: Strata reforms information seminar (Parramatta)

Oct 13
NSW Fair Trading: Strata reforms information seminar – Nowra (Bomaderry)

Oct 17
NSW: Strata CPD (Wagga Wagga)

OCN – New strata laws for NSW: preparing for the future

Oct 18
NSW Fair Trading: Strata reforms information seminar (Campbelltown)

NSW: City of Sydney Strata Skills 101 – The Sinking Fund: A planning essential for strata

Oct 19
NSW: Saving water in your apartment (Bondi Junction)

Oct 20
NSW Fair Trading: Strata reforms information seminar (Dubbo)

Oct 22-24
A100: SCA National Introduction to living & working in the strata community (VIC)

Oct 24-25
NSW: Certificate of Registration, Strata Management (Wynyard)

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