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Our thoughts go out to everyone effected by the wild weather currently hitting the coast of NSW. Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers has prepared a post to help guide those who have sustained damage or flooding in their scheme. See her article Wild Weather Damage.

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Sydney Wild Weather

NSW: Wild Weather & Damage - the Owners Corporation's Duty to Maintain and Repair the Common Property

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
This is a quick refresher for owners corporation’s and lot owners on what their respective duties are when common property is damaged due to wild weather.

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Fire evacuation drawings

QLD: Fire evacuation drawings – the cost of not doing them

Peter Greenham, Independent Inspections

With the latest events regarding the evacuation of buildings, it has become apparent that fire evacuation plans are becoming even more important. What is the cost of not having a plan in place?

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Top Maintenance issues

Top Maintenance Issues Strata Managers Need to Watch For

Chris Walsh, Houspect
One of the best and most effective ways of preventing large-scale damage is often to address relatively small strata maintenance issues before they worsen due to neglect.
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Levy Notices

NSW: Levy Notices for Levy Recovery Actions

David Bannerman and Carlo Fini, Bannermans Lawyers
The NSW Court of Appeal’s decision in Chua v The Owners – Strata Plan No 40301 highlights the importance of strata levy recovery procedures.
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Downsizing case study

Downsizing Case Study

Bettina Deda, Downsize With Style

In this Downsizing case study podcast, Bettina Deda interviews a lady who downsized with her husband from a 5-bedroom property in the suburb of Eastwood to a 2-bedroom apartment in the iconic Sydney beachside suburb of Manly.
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Home Building Act 1989

NSW: Changes to the Home Building Act 1989

Pierrette Khoury, Turnbull Bowles Lawyers
Further changes to the Home Building Act 1989 (“the Act”) were implemented and took effect in January 2015 and in March 2015. Here we summaries the key changes that have occurred.
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Less stuff, more happiness

A quick TED video about how less is more & how small is sexy by Graham Hill of & Life Edited.

Breaking News


Our latest Tweets & Facebook posts:

Beware the strata committees opposed to rising levies
- easiest way for an executive committee get re-elected: "Look, our levies haven't gone up for five years. Three cheers for us!"

NSW: Strata Manager Jailed as Lights go out in Unit Block
A corrupt strata manager's dodgy dealings, salting away tens of thousands of dollars of his clients' cash, were discovered when the lights went out on one of the unit blocks he looked after.

Sydney's apartment residents face more delays on reforms
Sydney's apartment residents awaiting a range of strata reforms have been dealt another blow with yet another changing of the guard at the department of Fair Trading.

Size Changes Could Raise NSW Apartment Prices
A Sydney court ruling could make apartments larger and even less affordable in what is already one of the world’s most expensive housing markets.

Developer kickbacks leave a sour taste
Accountants as well as mortgage brokers are being offered inducements in return for advising investors to put their money into particular off-the-plan developments.

Court bans controversial short-term letting in Sydney apartment block
Managers of the apartment building at the heart of Sydney's highest profile short-term letting battle have been ordered to stop weekend rentals immediately and cease holiday rentals from October this year.

VIC: Fire uncovers drug lab in Melbourne CBD apartment
Firefighters discovered the alleged drug laboratory after they were called to an apartment on A'Beckett Street, near Elizabeth Street, about 3.30pm on Wednesday. 

WA: Proposed WA strata law reform could be sustainability boon 
Proposed changes to Western Australia’s strata laws could increase the amount of dense mixed-use infill development and make it easier for residents to put sustainability features like solar panels on their roofs, advocates of the reforms say.

SA: Baby Boomers taking advantage of a city change, say real estate experts
THE rise in popularity of city living, particularly low-maintenance apartments, is driving older South Australians to the CBD.

NZ: Owner row over $20m leaky payout
A fight has erupted over one of New Zealand's biggest leaky building payouts, as 253 owners of a North Shore apartment/hotel tower battle one another.
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Executive committee

NSW: What to do if the Executive Committee is not Acting Appropriately

David Bannerman and Sven Bjerkhamn, Bannermans Lawyers
It is quite an issue if you think the strata executive committee is acting improperly, or doesn’t care enough. If this is happening with your owners corporation there are a number of things you can do.

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FactSheet in Focus

FactSheet: Strata Information WA

Explore all about Western Australian Strata Information, including links to legislation, useful forms and dispute resolution. The page also contains information about By-Laws, parking, levies, strata insurance and much more.

Not your state? Did you know we have a strata factsheet for every state/territory in Australia? Find them all listed here.

Strata Events Calendar

APR 22
SCA (WA): Mega Legal Bonanza

APR 24:
(WA) Central Institute of Technology: Cert. IV Property Services

APR 29:
NSW: Strata Schemes Information Session (Coffs Harbour)

MAY 5:
(NSW) The DC CODE - Downsizing 101

SCA (QLD): Masterclass - New Developments (Brisbane)

BCCM: Body Corporate Information Seminars (Maroochydore)

MAY 7:

SCA (QLD): Strata Starter (Sunshine Coast)

MAY 13:
BCCM: Body Corporate Information Seminars (Brisbane)

MAY 14:
SCA (QLD): Strata Starter (Gold Coast)
MAYMAYSustainable Residential Tower set to Commence after Two Week Sell-Out - See more at:
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