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Welcome to this edition of Your Strata News. 

Editors picks not be missed this week:

News & Blog Article: Did you catch the recent NSW news article (featured below) Sydney mum threatened with $550 fine for noisy toddler in strata apartment? Clare Dominello of Benjamin Khoury, has written more about this issue in the post NSW: Children and Noise Complaints in Apartments - 'Keep your child quiet or pay $550'. You can have your say by commenting either on Clare's article or the post on our Facebook page.

Comments: Do you remember our recent article: The Unit Owner's Stairway to Insurers Heaven? We have received some great comments on this post in our LinkedIn Group The discussion includes how they do strata insurance in India! (Thanks for the information Douglas Purcell) Find out here.
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Latest Articles

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NSW: Children and Noise Complaints in Apartments - 'Keep your child quiet or pay $550'

Clare Dominello, For and on behalf of Benjamin & Khoury
How many of us are shocked by ‘Keep your child quiet or pay $550' - the noise complaints in apartments headline that recently caught our attention?

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Let down by her Community

Dino Biordi, Luna Management
The community and the building's residents have been shocked by the death of an elderly resident; however, were aware of her distress at the commencement of the building’s major defect work.
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NSW: Growth in Mould Claims

David Bannerman &
Ben Robertson,
Bannermans Lawyers

Dealing with complicated issues concerning toxic mould claims in buildings is becoming more and more prevalent in NSW.
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strata insurance

Does my strata insurance cover me for everything?

Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
The short answer is no. It is a common misconception that unit owners only need a strata insurance policy to cover their insurance needs.
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BM enforce bylaws

QLD: Q&A Builder Manager Duties and Privacy

LookUpStrata & Hynes Legal
What is deemed appropriate behaviour by onsite managers. Do Builder Manager duties include the enforcing of by-laws? How about resident's privacy? 
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"Secret" Strata Insurance Commissions?

It is accepted by all right-thinking owners that the payment of insurance commissions to professional managers does not cost unit owners more. Agree?
See what Greg Honeyman, MCBM and Margaret Shaw, a community representative advising the Federal Government’s Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce have to say.
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Repair common property

NSW: Owners Corporation's Negligence to Repair Common Property

NSW Lot Owner
This is a heaven to hell account of the persecution and suffering experienced by my wife and I as strata unit owners, brought on by the dishonesty and negligence of a executive committee and strata manager neglecting to repair common property.
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Important Announcement

Buildings with a fire panel or lift telephone need to register with the NBN

David Leary, Leary and Partners
In case you have not already heard, it is important that you register your buildings that have a fire panel or a lift telephone with the NBN. This will ensure that they remain operational after the NBN arrives. Read more here.

Strata managers need to register their buildings in order for them to remain fully active and compliant with the relevant regulatory requirements. A web site that will assist strata managers in determining when their buildings are likely to be connected is the Network Rollout Map site. You can enter the address of your building and find out the latest information regarding the connection timetable.

News of the Week

Toddler fine

Sydney mum threatened with $550 fine for noisy toddler in strata apartment

Frank Chung,
A SYDNEY mum is furious after receiving a letter from her apartment building strata company threatening her with legal action unless she can stop her toddler from creating “excessive noise”.
Editors note: If you wish to comment, please visit the post on our Facebook page, or send comments directly to me to be published anonymously
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National Property Clock, March 2016: Apartments

Herron Todd White


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WA Strata Reforms

WA Strata reform recommendations, as approved by Cabinet, are now online.
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South Perth apartments 'entombed' by high-rise next door, residents say

Emma Young, WA Today
A South Perth woman says she has been "entombed" by an apartment block that is being built centimetres from her balcony - in the latest example of a series of planning fights taking place in the area.
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Mar 14:
City Of Sydney: Strata 101 From Meeting to Minutes: Why good governance matters

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SCA (WA): Lot Owners Forum (Victoria Park)

Mar 21:
City Of Sydney: Strata 101 High-rise Harmony: Communication strategies to create a sense of community in your apartment building

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SCA (WA): Strata Reform Overview – Landgate (Crawley)

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SCA National ConveNTion 2016
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Most read article from our last newsletter

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NSW: Pets, Parking and Smoking

Adrian Mueller,
J. S. Mueller & Co Lawyers

New strata by-laws allowing pets in units, managing illegal parking and curbing smoking on apartment balconies are part of the biggest overhaul of strata laws in more than 50 years.

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WA: South Perth residents win legal bid to have $60 million high-rise approval quashed WA Today

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