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Should by-laws in excess of 10 years since inception be automatically repealed after a 10 year period?

No - as long as the by-laws are working, leave them them be no matter how old they are
Good idea - but an unnecessary cost. By-laws should be updated only as needed, not within a set time period

Yes - this is a must as it ensures by-laws stay relevant
Yes - however, the time period should be shorter. 10 years is too long!

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BIG NSW NEWS: Submissions for comments on the NSW draft strata legislation close on the 12th August. If you are interested in submitting comments, visit this page on the NSW Fair Trading site for instructions.

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mobile applications

Mobile Applications in Strata Management

Aylie Britman, Rockend
How can mobile applications and/or web database accessibility within the strata community make the day of a strata manager easier? Find out how.

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put and call options

NSW: It's Your Call To Enter Into An Option Agreement

David Bannerman and Mark Pollinger,
Bannermans Lawyers

The range of issues for developers and property owners entering into option agreements and put and call options should be carefully considered before proceeding.

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safer materials

VIC: Push For Safer Material In High-Rises To Keep The Community Safe

Media Release, Premier of Victoria
Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has led a push for stronger rules around building product certification to improve fire safety in high-rises.
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reno rumble

NSW: Reno Rumble at the Block – What You Don't See on TV

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers

Renovating strata unit NSW: Mesmerised by the hype of block buster TV reno shows which quickly transforming a house or unit? It's not as easy as they make it seem!

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NSW: Can a PROXY (non resident, non owner) be nominated for an Executive Committee member position at AGM?

We received this question from one of our valued subscribers on a recent article written by Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers. Allison was kind enough to supply the following response:

The answer is that in NSW anyone can be nominated for the executive committee provided they (the non-owner) consents to the nomination. Any lot owner (or proxy if they have the power) can nominate an EC member.

So, at the meeting, if the proxy (or any other non-owner) is nominated as a candidate for the EC, if they consent to the nomination and get the votes they are on the EC.


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  Exciting news!
Our LinkedIn group has just reached over 300 members. Have you joined yet? Please drop by and say hello. 
Strata Services Networking Group

Mixed Media

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Decorating a small apartment

West Elm
These 15 ideas for decorating small apartments will help you get the most out of any small room design without breaking a sweat.

The most read article from our last newsletter?


QLD: How to waste a body corporate’s money

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
When it comes to body corporate spending, a committee's mind set should be to treat it like their own. If they were spending it from their own pocket, would they contemplate the action?

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Breaking News

For the most comprehensive stream of strata news in Australia - follow us on Twitter.

Australia's explosion in high-rise apartment approvals, in one stunning chart - Business Insider

The apartment boom is reaching new heights - Business Spectator

NSW: Bennelong penthouse Apartment on Sydney Harbour sells for $22 million - Domain

What to do about 'do-nothing' Strata committees? - Flat Chat

Sydney has 16 of Australia's 17 suburbs where apartments have $1mill median - Domain

Increased sentence for strata manager who stole - Flat Chat

ACT: Koundouris - third Building Defects dispute with apartment owners - Canberra Times

QLD: Sanctuary Cove Body Corporate slammed for kangaroo slaughter plan - Gold Coast Bulletin

Chips are in for integrated resort, casino at Gold Coast - Media Release, Qld Gov

Southport re-emerges as goldcoast growth central - Brisbane Times

VIC:  Strata Office Owners Cash In On Uplift In Values - The Urban Developers

WA: Perth housing and Apartment prices slump -

One in five new Perth homes to be apartments by 2020, research suggests - ABC News Perth


Queensland Waters Down ‘Off the Plan’ Protection Laws - See more at:

We would like to congratulate the following companies for renewing their listings in The Strata Directory this month!

  QUS Pty Ltd

   Lawyers Chambers

   Seymour Consultants

  Chambers Franklyn Strata Managers

   Independent Inspections

   Premium Strata

   Whitbread Insurance Brokers

Congratulations to our newest listing

   Coffs Strata Management
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Strata Events

NSW: Owners Corporation Network General Meeting

SCA (WA): Lot Owners Forum

SCA (WA): Bullying, Stress and Dealing with the Angry Client

SCA (QLD):The Speed Letting Stoush (Cairns)

SCA (QLD): 360 of the Commissioner’s Office (Cairns)

Kelly+Partners (NSW): Strata in Conversation (Sydney)
SCA (QLD): The Speed Letting Stoush (Townsville)

SCA (VIC): Symposium 2015
SCA (QLD): 360 of the Commissioner's Office (Townsville)

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