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Electric Vehicle Charging FAQ

As electric vehicle (EV) growth in Australia continues to rise, EV charging is quickly becoming a topical issue in the strata environment. The National Construction Code was recently changed to mandate that all new apartment developments be built with access to EV charging in the carpark. I believe it’s important that existing apartment buildings also…

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Recovery Costs and requests for default judgment

A Magistrate sitting in the Brisbane Magistrates Court recently published decisions on two requests for default judgment (Requests) made on behalf of two bodies corporate. As most of you would be aware a Request can be filed where a Defendant (debtor/owner) fails to defend the body corporates claim. Requests are usually decided by the Registrar…

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Short term letting – Decision challenged

How Airbnb (or short term letting generally) operate in bodies corporate has been covered off in various articles. In short: by-laws regulated by the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (BCCMA) cannot regulate the use of a residential lot; local councils can (and sometime do) regulate the use of a residential lot; and…

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Smoke Alarm Testing Tips

Smoke Alarms (also known as Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors) are an essential part of every Australian home today. Not only are they required by state law across the country, but most importantly, they help protect the precious lives who live there. Unfortunately, fire poses a serious risk and can occur when we least expect…

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Education Regimes – Who Needs This?

Strata and Community titles are the largest growing type of development across Australia. All States & Territories are experiencing growth in most sectors of the market (residential, industrial, commercial, retail and mixed use). In addition, most States and Territories are also reviewing legislation to keep up with the ever changing shift into strata. Some time…

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Electricity Market Update

What are the recent events causing price increases? In addition to the high demand from the start of the colder winter months, there has been an unprecedented blend of worldwide and domestic events influencing electricity markets These events include: • The Russian invasion of Ukraine having a long lasting effect on worldwide energy supply and…

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Election Rejection – What Now?

Is it too soon to reflect upon the Federal Election and its connection to strata? Call us sadistic if you will, the fact remains, we find the most fascinating part of Election Night the concession speeches. It is in those moments where the candidates shed the weeks, months and years of carefully prepared talking points…

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The role of “Conflict Junkies” in Body Corporate dispute

Most disputes within Bodies Corporate stem from ignorance and miscommunication. Sometimes, however, disputes are caused or perpetuated by “conflict junkies”. As the name suggests, conflict junkies are people that are addicted to conflict. They love sending long, threatening emails. They routinely demand total adherence to their views and wishes. They rarely ask questions, preferring instead…

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Meetings – Decisions vs Politics

This article is written from the perspective of a strata manager. Read on for insights from their side of the meeting room table. You are sitting in another stupefying meeting. The Committee is way off the agenda, wandering far and wide amidst the weeds. You have tried, to no avail, to bring them back to…

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You’re Making Me Sorry Somehow: Apologies in Strata

Apologies are commonplace in many facets of contemporary life. Governments apologise for things done in the past and are condemned for it, for not doing it sincerely enough or for not apologizing for some other things too. An apology can be the outcome of a legal proceeding, for example, in defamation cases. In other minds,…

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