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Running Better Meetings

A good [or great] strata meeting is about much more than just the rules … Knowing and following the rules for running a strata meeting is just table stakes in the meeting and decision game as they’re just the processes and not the objective of a meeting.  Rather, good strata meetings need smart preparation, soft…

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Industry Insurance Report – 47 Critical Functions Confirmed

Industry first complete review of strata insurance – here’s everything you need to know! SCA (QLD) has been consistently promoting how crucial the role of a body corporate manager is to the running of a scheme, and this report has confirmed that. It was revealed that strata managers perform 47 critical functions in the insurance supply…

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Airbnb – Residential Use Defined

A number of body corporate lawyers have recently published articles claiming that bodies corporate could use by-laws to ban holiday lettings, despite the Body Corporate and Community Management Act (BCCMA) prohibiting such by-laws. The basis for the claim was a recent District Court decision which concerned a complex governed by the Building Units and Group…

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Settling Car Park Storage Wars

One of the most contentious issues we see dividing committees and owners relates to car park storage. Requests to install storage structures and enforcement of by-laws when items or structures are put in place without approval, requires careful consideration to maintain harmony. In this article we delve into the common storage request types, terms of…

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Late AGM Declaratory Orders

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) must be held within 3 months of the end of a scheme’s financial year. For various reasons, bodies corporate are not always able to comply with that timeframe. When this happens, many apply for adjudication, seeking an order such as ‘permission to hold the AGM out of time’ or ‘an…

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Land Access Activity Notices – Know Your Rights

We have seen a significant increase in telecommunication providers seeking to access a body corporate scheme through a land access and activity notice (LAAN) for “Telco Rights”.  In some cases the telecommunication providers are using a LAAN to access the body corporate’s scheme to undertake works that go beyond the “Telco Rights”. It is important…

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Companion Pets – Exemptions Explained

My Strata Companion is an Animal –  And, I don’t mean they are just badly behaved… Apart from the topical and ongoing personal, societal and legal debates about controls on pets in strata buildings, there’s a group of animals that are exempt from any strata by-laws or rules.  So, who are they, how do the…

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Pet Dispute – A Weighty Problem

A prospective unit buyer recently contacted us wanting to know whether it was worthwhile challenging a committee decision to refuse approval for their pet dog. The buyer had the unit under contract and the finance condition was due in a week or so. The contract was otherwise unconditional, so that once finance approval was obtained…

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New Ideas For Strata Disputes

It’s inevitable that there’ll be strata disputes [or strata differences as I called them in my article ‘Better Ways to Approach Strata Differences’] and they’re not going away in hurry; even with new mindsets and better education. In almost all strata disputes the stakeholders adopt the mechanisms set out in the applicable strata laws and…

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Considerations for Bodies Corporate when it comes to EV Charging

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and decreasing in cost. What does this mean for Bodies Corporate? This means that they have a choice: to either confront the issue now or to wait and try and resolve the issue when it becomes ripe. Ideally, Bodies Corporate should have a plan. Put simply by Alan Lakein,…

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