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Welcome to this edition of Your Strata News. 

Editors picks not be missed this week:

Featured Information Page: Thank you to one of our all time favourite members, Ross, for pointing out the usefulness of this page - not to mention the fact that some of you may not even be aware it is available! Such a handy reference tool for looking up strata legislation from around Australia - and all from the one page!

News: For an overview of what is happening in the apartment market, take a look at this article by Greg McKenna: Here's the best explainer we've heard on how Australia's apartment boom could bust, and soon. Let me know your thoughts. 
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We understand the difficulties in locating and accessing Strata Legislation from around Australia. Did you know we have links to everything you need, all together on the one page? 

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Latest Articles

non compliant buildings

Q&A Insuring Properties that are Not Compliant with Building Codes

Tyrone Shandiman, Strata Insurance Solutions
When a strata property is a non compliant building, whether it be due to asbestos, fire etc – how is your insurance affected?
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Strata Manager agreements

NSW Strata Law Reform: Impacts on Strata Manager Agreements

David Bannerman, Bannermans Lawyers
The complicated new rules create potential for an agent’s appointment to expire, leaving the scheme unrepresented.
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Styling your home

Styling Your Home to Live in - Podcast

Bettina Deda
Bettina shares an interview with Naomi Findlay, CEO of Silk Home and Founder of the International Institute of Home Staging about styling your home to live in.
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Landlord/contents strata insurance

WA: Q&A - Required to have Landlord Insurance for a Strata Property?

LookUpStrata & Melanie Fama, Whitbread Insurance
We received an enquiry from a WA Strata Investor, questioning the need and requirements for contents and landlord insurance for a strata property. 
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Recent Comments

Click on the links to read through the comments, questions and answers from the LookUpStrata community on these articles.

VIC: What’s yours and what‘s common property?
Ace Body Corporate Management

NSW: Owners Corporation's Negligence to Repair Common Property

News of the Week

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Here's the best explainer we've heard on how Australia's apartment boom could bust, and soon

Greg McKenna, Business Insider Australia 
Fears about the recent boom in Australian housing, especially apartment, construction and the surge in Sydney and Melbourne property prices appear to be on the money.


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Gold Coast hits apartment sales high

The latest Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials report has revealed a total of 1,494 new apartments were sold last year compared to 825 in 2014.
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Katie Medlock, inhabitat
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Oversupply cracks starting to appear in Melbourne apartment market

Kirsten Robb and Christina Zhou, Domain
An industry report recently predicted Victoria would be the most oversupplied market in the country by 2017, led by high-density apartment development in the inner and middle ring. The state will have 7592 more dwellings than it needs by the end of the year and 21,881 more homes than it needs by 2017, according to BIS Shrapnel’s forecasts.
The Image above shows current median apartment prices around Australia.

Most read article from our last newsletter


NSW: Supreme Court Finds Certifier Liable for Building Defects

Adrian Mueller,
J. S. Mueller & Co Lawyers

A NSW Supreme Court case - Chan -v- Acres [2015] NSWSC 1885 - offers hope to owners corporations whose buildings are affected by building defects.

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Mar 23:
SCA (WA): Working in Harmony – Strata Managers & Property Managers

Apr 1:
Kelly+Partners: Strata in Conversation – Mixed Use Developments in the ACT

Apr 5: 
SCA (QLD): Standard V Part 5 Agreements (Brisbane)

Apr 6:
Green Gurus: Sustainability in WA Housing: Masterclass

Apr 11:
City Of Sydney: Strata 101 Strata Who? Strata You! Strata basics for International Students

Apr 12:
SCA (QLD): 360 QCAT (Brisbane)

SCA (WA): The Role of the Council (South Perth)

Apr 22: 
SCA (WA): Strata Reform Overview – Landgate (Crawley)

May 25 - 27:
SCA National ConveNTion 2016
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Victoria: Issue Paper 2: Owners Corporations


Consumer Affairs Victoria
The focus of this issues paper is the Owners Corporations Act 2006, which provides for the management, powers and functions of owners corporations (formerly body corporates), and mechanisms to resolve disputes.

The Owners corporations issues paper looks at whether these Acts are achieving their purposes and, in doing so, whether they are also achieving their informal purpose of improving the ‘liveability’ of strata communities.

This issues paper is open for public consultation until 29 April 2016. Feedback on this issues paper will inform the development of an options paper on potential legislative changes, which will be released in mid-2016. 

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