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For the very first time ever we have received a three way tie for most read article in last fortnight's newsletter - congratulations to Peter Greenham of Independent Inspections, Jason Carlisle of Thynne + Macartney & Inger Brettle of Premium Strata for three excellent articles.

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When the claim is denied is it time to play the IDR card?

John Cox, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
Receiving a letter of denial from an insurance company is never a welcomed outcome for anyone. Is the next step an internal dispute resolution (IDR)?
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QLD: Strata scheme fined 4400 for not undertaking fire rectification works

Peter Greenham,
Independent Inspections

Miscommunication and lack of cooperation result in a 4400 fine for a Queensland strata scheme in a recent fire audit strata.
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NSW: Breathing Room for NSW Property Owners with Swimming Pools and Spas

Georgia-Kate Morgan, Aitken Lawyers
NSW Government published a media release advising that the implementation date for swimming pool compliance certificate nsw, due to take force from 29 April 2015, has now been pushed back to 29 April 2016.
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NSW: A Game of Thrones OR A Game of Knowns? Self Managed Strata Schemes V Strata Managing Agents

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
In self managed strata schemes, often the lot owners start with good intentions but can dissolve into a microcosm of the politicking in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
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Is outdated technology holding you back?

Aylie Brutman, Rockend
We all receive pop-ups or emails reminding us to upgrade software. People tend to ignore these messages but little do they know, ignoring these notifications will drastically hinder your software’s performance.
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Aromatherapy or The Power of Smell

Bettina Deda, Downsize with Style
We take a closer look at aromatherapy and how it can help you relax and reduce your stress levels during downsizing, one of the major causes for anxiety and depression amongst Australians.
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Why Strata Owners Should Hire Qualified, Registered Building Inspectors

Chris Walsh, Houspect WA
Reputable registered building inspectors are neutral parties with extensive training, and as such are capable of spotting even less than obvious signs of damage or depreciation.
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QLD: How do you separate your lot from your management rights?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Every management rights business is different. There are no hard and fast rules, but in general terms, these are the legal issues.
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Developers Secret Sauce: The recipe to creating thriving residential communities

Michael Darby, Quantum United Management
Building active, engaged communities is the key to delivering long-term success and dramatic brand enhancement to large-scale residential communities.
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Most read article from our last newsletter?

This time, a three way tie!

QLD: What Does it Mean to Act ‘Reasonably’?
Jason Carlson, Thynne + Macartney

NSW: Why is it important to have a Licensed Strata Manager?
Inger Brettle, Premium Strata

ISO 9001:2015 – History and Changes to the Standard

Peter Greenham, Independent Inspections

Breaking News

Five Pollution Reducing Facades
When looking for pollution-reducing solutions, nature offers some of the best. 

NSWStrata apartments and the water trap
Water use through the eyes of a new alliance designed to tackle waste and fairer metering, as City of Sydney announces new grants for water saving in strata property.

QLDSky high apartment demand sparks supersized scramble for development sites in the CBD

VIC: Melbourne To House Half Of Australia’s Newly Constructed Apartments
According to industry experts nearly half of all new apartments built in Australia over the next 5 years will be constructed in Melbourne, with Sydney and Brisbane lagging behind.

WA: Perth's apartment projects are getting taller but apartments are getting smaller as developers refine configurations to meet buyer preferences and density targets.
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FactSheet: Strata Noisy Neighbours

The FactSheet is not printable, but rather full of the latest information in the form of dynamic links and/or presentations all about neighbours and apartment living.
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Strata Events Calendar

MAR 17
SCA (WA): Lot owners Forum

MAR 19
(NSW) LEGAL UPDATE – Drafting Strata By-Laws

MAR 24
WA: Green Gurus - Sustainable Buildings in the City of Vincent

SCA (WA): 101 Strata Plans

MAR 25 - 26
NSW Total Facilities Expo

MAR 27
(WA) Green Gurus - Sustainability in WA Housing Workshop

APR 21
(NSW) Downsizing 101: New Workshop for Empty Nesters

QLD BCCM: Body Corporate Information Seminars (Maroochydore)

APR Sustainable Residential Tower set to Commence after Two Week Sell-Out - See more at:
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