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We had a very interesting question come in from a QLD lot owner this week, requesting information about access to Master Keys. Read the full details and Frank Higginson's response here: Q&A Master Key System – ALL Committee Members Have One!

City of Sydney buildings, Applications for the Smart Green Apartment Program are open for one month from August 24. For details about what this means for you, check our 'News of the Week' section below.

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NSW: Supreme Court Rules Executive Committee Has Power to Settle Court Case

Adrian Mueller, J. S. Mueller & Co Lawyers
Is an executive committee able to settle litigation involving an owners corporation? If so, can the executive committee decide to settle a court case at an informal meeting?
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Q&A Master Key System – ALL Committee Members Have One!

Hynes Legal
Our chairperson proposed that ALL committee members be issued a master key, despite us a having a full time on site manager. This raises huge security concerns for residents.
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NSW: Q&A My Tenant is Having Apartment Parking Space Problems

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: My tenants are having apartment parking space problems, and may vacate because of this. How can I resolve the issue so they will stay?
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NSW: How Unit Entitlements Are Dealt Within Subdivisions, And How To Deal With Illegal Encroachments - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property
Increased unit entitlement results in higher proportionate share of responsibilities for the building (higher levies) and increased voting entitlements.
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Lifts: A Guideline to Strata Owners’ Responsibilities

Rex Henning, Equity Elevator Management
A recent Equity Elevator Management seminar covered Strata Owners' responsibilities regarding lift maintenance. The attendees found it so helpful, they asked if we could turn it into a post.
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NSW: Building Defect Bond Scheme

Madison Marcus Law Firm
Building Defect Bond Scheme is designed to provide greater protection against defective building works and ensure that any defects are attended to quickly, by Builders and/or Developers.
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QLD: Individual Water Meters for Apartments

Kelly Borell, Tower Body Corporate Administration
We have received an increasing number of enquiries from Gold Coast bodies corporate recently regarding the possibility of installing individual water meters for their strata schemes.
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There is just 98 days until the NSW reforms kick in!
NSW Reforms Info
Thank you David Leary, Leary & Partners for providing this quick snapshot of upcoming changes. Print out a PDF of these infographics in one compact form.

News of the Week

Melb Solar Apt

First solar-powered apartment skyscraper to rise in Melbourne

Simon Johanson, SMH
A landmark high-rise apartment tower in Southbank whose glass exterior is wrapped in solar cells will provide its residents with "off-the-grid" power stored in Tesla-like batteries, its designers say.
Green Apts

City of Sydney cuts apartment levies by up to $60,000 in global warming battle

Jimmy Thomson, Domain
Apartment owners in Sydney are being offered the chance to save as much as $60,000 on their annual levies – and tackle global warming at the same time.
Read more about the Smart Green Apartments Pilot Program here


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'Strata Maintenance Costs' - E6 Strata 101: From Buying off the Plan to Your First Strata Meeting

Michael Teys, Block Lawyers
Developer-set levies are rarely reflective of what people should be paying to properly maintain their common property; a cynic would say it's a sales tactic, while Michael Teys presents a more nuanced view.

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QLD: EXCLUSIVE - WHO KNEW? Some Insights Of The Strata Banking Game: Whose Bank Account Is It?

Wayne Stevens, Unit Owners Association of Queensland (UOAQ)
Body Corporate Banking: Lot owners may not be aware their funds are sitting in someone else’s bank account..and it's a very common strata industry practice.

Check the interesting comments on this post as well!

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Melbourne, Gold Coast, Newcastle apartments at market peak: HTW PropertyObserver

NSW: A maze of strata bylaws face owners who want a pet  Domain

Moved on: aged-care residents in stand-off with Lendlease SMH

Sydney residents left homeless after fire tears through apartment block 9News Sydney

QLD: Just 51 apartments left for sale in southern Gold Coast Gold Coast Bulletin

Gold Coast Council to face legal protest from island residents who do not want towers on Chevron  Gold Coast Bulletin

VIC: The Block 2016: aiming to set a standard in an emerging Port Melbourne pocket Domain

WA: Chinese buyers put Perth high on property hit list PerthNow

ACT: How mixed-used developments could transform ACT strata law The Canberra Times

Strata trial to cut red tape and improve mixed-use development  Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate


Have Your Say

Following comprehensive consultation and analysis, the Victorian Government has released Better Apartments Draft Design Standards and is seeking your feedback to inform final standards that will be introduced later this year. Community and stakeholder feedback is invited on the Better Apartments Draft Design Standards, closing 5pm, 19 September 2016.
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Aug 24

NSW: New Strata Legislation Roadshow – Strata Owners & Tenants (Coffs Harbour)

Aug 25

NSW: New Strata Legislation Roadshow – Strata Owners & Tenants (Port Macquarie)

Aug 26

VIC Young Strata Network: Water Damage & Water Act Claims

Aug 30 - Sep 1
A100: SCA National Introduction to living & working in the strata community (VIC)

Aug 30

NSW: New Strata Legislation Roadshow – Strata Owners & Tenants (Newcastle)

Aug 31
SCA (WA): Navigating the Strata Titles Act

NSW: New Strata Legislation Roadshow – Strata Owners & Tenants (Sydney)

Sep 1

NSW: New Strata Legislation Roadshow – Property / Strata Managers (Wollongong)

Sep 5 - 6
NSW: Certificate of Registration, Strata Management (Wynyard)

Sep 6

NSW Fair Trading: Strata reforms information seminar (Bondi Junction)

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