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Attention Owners: Strata Titled properties in WA -  the Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) has contact LookUpStrata about the ‘Smoke-free Strata Housing Incentive Scheme’. It is aimed at strata-titled properties wanting to develop a smoke-free by-law in WA. They are offering a new grant for $500. For all details and to fill in an application form, please head to their website (Note: this is only available to those living in Western Australia).

Not surprising, there seems to be lots of news about reforms from around the country. See below the latest reform information from NSW, WA & Qld. We hope to bring you more, including updates about what is happening in Victoria, in coming editions.
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NSW: What is Strata Reporting? (post the 2016 Reform – Part 1)

Paula Byrnes, Metropolitan Strata Reports
Strata Reporting is about to undergo major changes that are going to benefit not only the people buying strata property, but the changes will mean better communication between the industry stakeholders.

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corporate leadership

Corporate Leadership and the Committee

Michael Darby, Quantum United Management
One of the most important, but often neglected skills in every Owner’s Corporation Committee is leadership. Leadership can make the difference between a committee that functions efficiently, provides direction and creates a community, and one that does not.
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NSW roof repairs

NSW: Q&A Strata Repairs - Who Is Responsible For Neighbours Roof?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question - Strata repairs, who is responsible: Why am I required to fund the repair of my neighbours roof when my roof is fine?
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first steps

QLD: Enforcing By-Laws – Noisy Neighbour ordered to Remove Renovations

Mario Esera, Piper Alderman
There is nothing more annoying than noisy neighbours – particularly within the confines of a community titles scheme. It is understandable, therefore, that most Bodies Corporate include in their by-laws a reference to ‘excessive noise’. But what happens when noise by-laws are not complied with?

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gas hot water system

How Efficient is Your Common Gas Hot Water System?

Catherine Lezer, Director SCA (NSW) and Strata Chairperson
Are you are in a strata with a common gas hot water system? If so, grab your gas bill and have a look at the common hot water meter.

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Q&A visitor parking

NSW: Q&A Strata ByLaws Visitor Parking - drop off zone interfering with peace and quiet

Andrew Jakes, Ace Body Corporate Management
Question: Can our Executive Committee allocate a drop off zone in our common property driveway which interferes with my peace and quiet?

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anchor points

Understanding Roof Access Systems - Part IV

Mike King, Townview Australia
Time to talk about the testing and the strength of the anchor points used for both Rope Access and Fall Arrest. When we install and test anchor points, we carry out load testing to half of the minimum requirement they have been manufactured to.

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Qld audits

QLD: Auditors - Managing Probity plus Price

Wayne Stevens, Unit Owners Association of Queensland
A recent EGM ordered by an Adjudicator highlighted the opportunities available to Bodies Corporate  to better manage both the probity and price of having their financial statements audited each year.
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NSW: The Truth About By-Laws In Your Strata Property (And How To Ensure You’re Not In Breach) PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property
Savina Yang, Lawyers Chambers on Riley, explains how essential by-laws are to living dispute free in a strata property.
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News of the Week


QLD: Strata Termination Laws Must be Changed: Report

Andrew Heaton, Sourceable
Rules which enable individual owners of multi-residential property to single-handedly block moves to terminate community title schemes in Queensland are preventing necessary building upgrades from taking place and should be changed, according to a new report.


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WA: Termination of schemes

Reforms will make terminating a scheme possible with less than unanimous support and when continuing the scheme would be disadvantageous to the majority of owners. Examples of this include where the buildings in a scheme have become run down and the cost of repair exceeds the ability of the lot owners to pay for the maintenance.
NSW Termination

Changes to NSW Strata Laws - Termination

Ross Greenwood, 2GB 873AM
Reforms will make terminating a scheme possible with less than unanimous support and when continuing the scheme would be disadvantageous to the majority of owners. Examples of this include where the buildings in a scheme have become run down and the cost of repair exceeds the ability of the lot owners to pay for the maintenance.

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LookUpStrataReform (Exclusive) - When is the proposed commencement date?

Clare Dominello, Benjamin & Khoury
Benjamin & Khoury Solicitors spoke directly with the NSW State Government and enquired as to the commencement date, as many have contacted us saying they believe it is now 2017 and there seems to be some confusion. We were advised as foll...

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