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HOT OFF THE PRESS! Concerns over non-compliant apartment buildings in Melbourne after investigation into the recent Docklands fire show that a non-compliant facade material was used in the high-rise. For more details follow this link to the news article or read more in our Latest News section below.

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NSW: Security Cameras – Who is Watching and Listening to you?

David Bannerman and Samantha Saw,
Bannermans Lawyers

Strata security cameras are becoming more common. Owners corporations need to consider what cameras can legally record, who retains footage and who has a right to view it.

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NBN installed without authorisation from strata scheme

Peter Greenham, Independent Inspections
The rollout of the national broadband network (NBN), including NBN apartment installations, always seems to be getting attention - for all the wrong reasons!
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Bespoke Lamp shades and More

Bettina Deda, Downsize With Style
Bettina and Arif talk about how to choose the right colours and fabrics for your apartment, plus three tips when considering custom-made lamp shades.
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QLD: The different body corporate committee roles

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
There are a maximum of seven voting committee positions for a committee formed under the BCCM Act. What are each of these body corporate committee roles responsible for?
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Renovations in Strata & Community Title Lots

Allison Benson, Kerin Benson Lawyers
Caution: Procedures still need to be followed when renovating apartments. Dept. Planning & Environment's new website to fast track development approvals is not a one-stop-shop.
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Are your Strata properties in good health?

Chris Walsh, Houspect WA
Property maintenance reports are a necessity! Ensuring your strata properties are well maintained and “healthy” is essential for continued well being of the property owners & tenants in your Strata complexes.
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NSW: How Secure is your Strata Scheme?

David Bannerman and Samantha Saw, Bannermans Lawyers
Strata security can be a tricky issue for owners corporations who need to balance the rights of owners/occupiers with an obligation to minimise the risk of crimes such as break ins, theft or damage.
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QLD: Can I Renovate A Unit?

Lisa Rutland,

Looking to renovate your apartment? There are restrictions on how, when and what you can do. Find out how much you need to involve the body corporate.
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Most read article from our last newsletter!

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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QUIZ: Noise annoys
Everyone expects to have to put up with some noise in apartments. But how much should you be prepared to tolerate? And what can you do about it when you can’t hear yourself think?

NSWStrata Party gives owners a voice!When anyone associated with strata titles, owners corporations or body corporate committees votes in the NSW state elections next weekend, they can select a party set up just for them.

QLD: Brisbane’s inner city ABC-change
Inner-city Brisbane suburbs have undergone an ABC-change, with the pitter-patter of little feet everywhere as more Queensland families embrace apartment living.

VIC: Investigation into Docklands apartment fire finds non-compliant materials were used
Fire authorities fear more city buildings could be taking safety shortcuts after an investigation into a Docklands apartment fire found non-compliant materials were used on the facade of the high rise building.

Extreme gardening on the 92nd floor of the Eureka Tower
Rooftop gardens are the "idea of its time", says urban planning professor Brendan Gleeson, and while education has a big role to play, state and local governments can lead the charge to implement green rooftops on a wider scale.

WA: Perth property owners could face $200k fines for nightly rentals
Councils are cracking down on the practice, which sees short-term rentals advertised on websites like Airbnb, Stayz and Gumtree.
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FactSheet: NBN in Multi-Unit Developments

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

MAR 25 - 26
Total Facilities Expo

MAR 26
NSW: Strata Management Practices Course

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

APR 21

(NSW) Downsizing 101: New Workshop for Empty Nesters

APR 22
SCA (WA): Mega Legal Bonanza

BCCM: Body Corporate Information Seminars (Maroochydore)
MAYSustainable Residential Tower set to Commence after Two Week Sell-Out - See more at:
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