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Editors picks not be missed this week:

Article: Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
 compares NSW 2 lot schemes / 3 to 100 lot schemes / 101+ lot schemes in a fabulous table detailing differences in relation the current Act.

Stand by next week to find out which article is the 500th article posted to our Blog!

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NSW Request for information:
One of our NSW LookUpStrata members is after information about window locks. In order to comply with amendments
regarding the installation of screen lock or window safety devices in NSW we would like to know which window locks you have been using, what has been successful/cost effective and which you would recommend. Please email me your recommendations. I will collate the responses into an upcoming blog post. We thank you in advance for your input and remind all NSW body corporates that the deadline for complying with the requirements is 13th March, 2018
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Latest Articles

common areas update

From Bland to Fab – How to improve your Common Areas

Catherine Lezer, Director SCA (NSW) & Strata Chairperson
Looking to carry out common areas improvement work in your building? Follow this step-by-step guide to success.

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nsw strata schemes

NSW Strata Schemes: Size Does Matter (Sometimes) – 1996 Act

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
MUST READ: Are you aware of the different legislation requirements for different sized schemes? From 2 lots to 100's of lots, check this table to compare. Stand by for Part 2 next week, dealing with the new Act.
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Back flow prevention devices

Backflow Devices Save Lives

Dino Biordi, Luna Management 
When it comes to safety, knowledge is everything and fortunately there is a wealth of information about RPZD's (Reduced Pressure Zone Device), AKA backflow prevention devices, available at our fingertips.

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sunset clauses

NSW: Statute eclipses sunset clauses: Conveyancing Amendment (Sunset Clauses) Act 2015

David Bannerman and Samantha Saw, Bannermans Lawyers
On 24 November 2015, the Conveyancing Amendment (Sunset Clauses) Act 2015 was assented to by the NSW Parliament and came into force. The preamble states that it is an Act "to prevent a developer from unreasonably rescinding an off the plan contract for a residential lot under a sunset clause."

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exclusive use common property

QLD: How to make an offer a body corporate cannot refuse

Hynes Legal
How did we help secure exclusive use common area loft space for a Queensland Lot owner? By making an offer the body corporate couldn't refuse.

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Outstanding levies

NSW: Q&A Leaky Floors and Outstanding Body Corporate Levies

LookUpStrata + Andrew Jakes, Ace Body Corporate Management + Hayley Eighteen, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
What are some of the key circumstances which can enliven your right as a buyer to terminate an off-the-plan contract?

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Anti-bullying jurisdiction extends beyond workers

Deborah Sullivan, QIA Group
In a case highlighting the broad reach of the Fair Work Act's anti-bullying provisions, a commissioner has found that a ‘worker’ (the caretaker) is entitled to apply for stop- bullying orders against a resort's residents and members of its bodies corporate.

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NSW car parking

NSW: Councils in Greater Sydney Region Urged to “Come to the Party” and End Strata Parking Misery

Andrew Jakes, NSW Area Development Manager,
Ace Body Corporate Management

If you didn’t already know, Sydney has a parking problem, but it’s the shifting of this battle from inner city streets to strata properties that has created new hope for thousands. Drivers who illegally park in visitor bays of strata communities could soon be slapped with $550 fines by the City of Sydney Rangers, if plans to crack down on their “parking misery” take hold.

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News of the Week

WA Strata Reforms

Is High Rise Living Presenting Fire Dangers?

Andrew Heaton, Sourceable
Australia is blessed with a strong building code and excellent fire protection services, but recent events demonstrate a number of areas of challenge when it comes to fire safety which result from the growing densification of our cities and the greater number of residents living in multi-storey accommodation.


rental market

NSW: Storm-damaged apartment block

Esther Han, SMH
About 200 residents were forced out of the unit complex, with 40 given emergency housing and the remaining calling on friends and family for help. They may not be able to return for two months.

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Review of property law in Queensland

The Commercial and Property Law Research Centre of the QUT is undertaking a review of Queensland’s property laws for the Queensland Government. The review includes an examination of a number of important matters arising under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and other community titles legislation, including body corporate governance issues.

You can make a written submission about some or all of the matters raised in QUT’s Issues Paper. Your submission will be considered as part of QUT’s examination of options for improving body corporate governance arrangements for Queensland community titles schemes.

Find out more about making a submission here.

REMINDER: Consultation closes on 22 February 2016.

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SCA (TAS): 2016 Symposium

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Mood Boarding 101 (Sydney)

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Governance Institute of Australia: Strata Law Update (Sydney)

Feb 26:
Green Gurus: Sustainability in WA Housing: 101

Feb 29:
City Of Sydney: Strata 101 Yours, Mine & Ours: Renovation basics for strata living

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Most read article from our last newsletter


Bodies Corporate Potentially Liable for Bullying of Contractors

Laura Gercken, ClarkeKann Lawyers
A recent Fair Work Commission decision demonstrates how far the Fair Work Act 2009 bullying jurisdiction extends, which will have serious ramifications for Bodies Corporate, committee members and individual lot owners.

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WA: Safety concerns over gas network in Perth apartments highlighted in Energy Safety report ABC News

Thousands of apartments are being built alongside Perth shopping centres in a push to convince people to embrace retail living The West Australian

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