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Welcome to our latest newsletter full of strata title information from around Australia.

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We would like to provide a warm welcome to our first time blog authors appearing in this edition - Chris Kerin, Kerin Benson Lawyers and Nigel Wraight, Thomas Wraight Pty Ltd. We hope you enjoy their posts. Also, we welcome back Deborah Sullivan from QIA Group Pty Ltd. As always, a big thank you to all of our regular contributors.

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NSW: Noise Abatement Orders

Michael Pobi, Pobi Lawyers
Dissatisfied with the response from your local council or the police to stop offensive noise in your scheme? You can seek a noise abatement order.
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Tendering for Fire Safety

Deborah Sullivan, QIA Group Pty Ltd
One of the issues we are consistently faced with respect to the maintenance of fire safety measures is how to obtain good value for money for the services that need to be provided.
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QLD: “There Is No Body Corporate” and Other Myths About Duplexes

Lisa Rutland,
What are some of the common myths about body corporate Queensland? Lisa Rutland uncovers the truth to help you with strata living.
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NSW: Strata Managing Agents – Tips on Managing Risk

David Bannerman and Mark Pollinger, Bannermans Lawyers
Strata managing agents are dealing with a broader range of issues, making strata management a risky undertaking. Here are some steps to manage that risk.
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How do you treat a strata work order?

Nigel Wraight,
Thomas Wraight Pty Ltd

A strata work order is the number 1 item for “move it over there, follow up tomorrow, it's 4:45pm, it can wait, ... blah blah blah”.
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NSW: Statutory Warranties and Amendments to the Home Building Act 1989

Pierrette Khoury, Turnbull Bowles Lawyers
Home Building Act 1989 provides statutory warranties which are expounded in section18B of the Act & are implied into every building contract to do residential building work.
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NSW: What Contract Should I Use?

Christopher Kerin,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

Commonly owners corporations completing rectification/maintenance work engage builders without giving proper consideration as to the building contract which should be used for that work.
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WA: Strata Titles Act Reform

Paul Keet,
Strata Asset Services (WA) Pty Ltd

As a result of support from the Western Australian state government Landgate has released information on proposed changes to the Strata Titles Act 1985.
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Incoming Phone Call for Maintenance or Repair: to panic or not to panic?

Nigel Wraight,
Thomas Wraight Pty Ltd

We offer just a few ideas to help you establish a system for dealing with strata maintenance issues which come to your attention via the phone.
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NSW: Take Action Now!

On 1 December 2014 the government plans to change the NSW home building legislation, and many owners corporations will lose their rights to make claims for building defects.

Owners Corporation Network have set up a Take Action page allowing you to quickly & easily send an email to your local member in protest of these changes.

For more information, watch this video from Channel 7 News, 15 November 2014 featuring Karen Stiles, Owners Corporation Network & Christopher Kerin, Kerin Benson Lawyers talking about the matter.

On 1 December 2014 the government plans to change the NSW home building legislation, and many owners corporations will lose their rights to make claims for building defects. - See more at:
Take Two Minutes to Write to Your Local Member

Congratulations to these LookUpStrata Community Members and Subscribers from around Australia

Congratulations Smart Blocks for being awarded the Sustainability Award for Contribution to Community at the Melbourne Awards.

Smart Blocks is the culmination and demonstration of the vision and leadership of the Cities of Melbourne and Sydney, Strata Community Australia and Owners Corporation.

Most popular post from our last newsletter

Privacy for Strata Managers – Three lessons from the Australian Information Commissioner

Allison Benson and Nicola Bailey, Kerin Benson Lawyers

Here are three lessons for strata managers in maintaining compliance with the Australian Privacy Principles.

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Strata Events Calendar

Nov 21
SCA (VIC): Repairs & Maintenance (Bulleen)

Nov 22
NSW: Downsizing 101: The New Workshop for Empty Nesters

Nov 25
SCA (WA): The Essentials of Strata Company Council Membership (Fremantle)
City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 workshops - The Handover: From developer to owners

Nov 28
SCA (NSW): CPD (North Sydney)

Dec 5
SCA (VIC): Plans (Bulleen)

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