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The results of our latest poll question are in: Does Community play a big part in everyday Strata living? Read the post below.

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Last week we posted a news story about a proposed user-pays system of strata fees - only paying for the facilities you use? Read the News story and also a subscriber's comment below. Get back to me with your thoughts. Can you see some more pros and cons to the idea? Do you agree with Luther - or not?

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Poll Community in strata

Poll: Does Community play a big part in everyday Apartment living?

The last newsletters contained a poll questioning how important community is to successful apartment living. What do YOU, our readers, think about the importance of community to strata life?

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Partial assignment

QLD: Partial assignments of management rights and the transfer fee

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Allisee QBCCMCmr 323 (10 July 2015) raises a novel question about the assignments of management rights, where they are being transferred by parties who acquired their interest in those rights over 7 years.

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FAQ Fire doors

NSW: Smoking and strata schemes: What is the effect of the recent amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000?

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
When it comes to smoking in strata schemes NSW, the NSW Government’s amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 (NSW) mean that smoking is now banned in mixed use strata schemes.

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asbestos VIC

NSW: Media's Fears on Proposed Strata Renewal Process Not Founded

Georgia-Kate Morgan and Julian Peters, Atkins Lawyers
Media coverage of the Proposed Strata Renewal Process NSW suggests developers can force you out of your apartment if they have support of 75% of the strata scheme.
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NSW wheel clamp

Do tenants have the same rights as an owner?

Paula Byrnes, Metropolitan Strata Reports
What is the outcome when it comes to owners vs renters rights apartments? What course of action can the tenant take and who do they turn to for information?
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James Hardie

NSW: Former Hardie factory to become apartments

Peter Berney, Solutions In Engineering
The former site of the James Hardie asbestos factory in Western Sydney may be redeveloped into high-rise apartments. Before building can begin there would need to be a huge clean-up.
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Dulux Colour Forecast

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016

Bettina Deda, Downsize With Style
According to the 2016 dulux colour forecast, people look for the unique, the bespoke, and the individual to add a sense of luxury and distinction to their lives.
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Insurance & renovations

Renovating a strata property – golden rules to ensure your insurance is not compromised

Ann Farrugia, Whitbread Insurance Brokers
Renovating a strata property? Though about insurance? Renovating an apartment may turn out to be more complex than renovating your average free standing dwelling.
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Building Defects Risks

NSW: How to minimise building defect risks

David Bannerman, Bannermans Lawyers
For property investors, building defects risks can be significant - particularly when buying a newly constructed house or apartment as defects may not be immediately apparent.
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NSW: Top 13 questions to ask when renovating your strata apartment

Michael Pobi, Pobi Lawyers
For property investors, building defects risks can be significant - particularly when buying a newly constructed house or apartment as defects may not be immediately apparent.
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News story of the week - again

User pays strata fees

Barangaroo raises prospect of user-pays strata fees

Last weeks News story of the week received the following comment from our subscribers, Luther:

We all live in a community of some sort  (family-village-city-state-federal level) and basically pay our duties on a ‘shared ‘ basis (for health-education etc.) if we use certain services or not. There is no better way. The “Barangaroo project/proposal  is actually a quite dangerous approach. Allow me a provoking thought: What happen when only a very few using the Pool, the Gym, the residents lounge ? The cost/levy would be unreasonably high so that in the end no resident want to use the  facilities ?  I understand that there always residents who feel that they are contributing too much however, only together is it possible to have great facilities like a Gym, a Pool, a residential lounge etc.  If Developers want to change something, then don’t provide these lifestyle facilities  in the first place.

The legislator was very wise in the past and hopefully the new generation leave it as is. It is however a good thing to differentiate between commercial and residential levies but that’s all.

We encourage more discussion around this point. Please send replies to or post a reply to the discussion on our LinkedIn Group page.

The most read article from our last newsletter?

complain letters

Can I get fined for ignoring complaint letters?

Paula Byrnes, Metropolitan Strata Reports
This case is about an owner who felt bullied - via neighbours complaint letters - by the other owners for playing loud music and entertaining & became distressed about what they were going to do next .

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Strata Events

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SCA (NSW): Gold Sponsor Comedy Event

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Downsize With Style (NSW): Part 2: Find Your Style

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Downsize with Style (NSW): Masterclass

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