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Are Buildings Getting Taller?

Australian Strata Buildings are Getting Taller Or, so says the Australian Bureau of Statistics … From low rise walk-up strata apartment blocks in the 60’s and 70’s, we’ve seen bigger and bigger strata complexes each decade. But, they’ve also been getting taller and taller as the ABS’ analysis demonstrates. Introduction I’ve written about the advantages…

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Buying Out the Building Manager

Can a body corporate “buy out” the building manager? Let me start out by making this observation – sometimes it’s tricky to figure out what someone is really asking. Perhaps because of a language barrier… like the time I went to lunch with my friend Scott to a Japanese restaurant (don’t jump to conclusions just…

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Who are the Vaccination Police?

Down the vaccination rabbit hole For those who can remember their childhood, Alice in Wonderland was quite the trip. But that mind-bending exercise in pretzel logic is nothing compared with the rabbit hole we are all about to enter with COVID-19 vaccination in strata communities. The Cheshire cat said to Alice, ‘If you don’t know…

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What is a Gallery Vie Clause?

A plain and simple explanation of a Gallery Vie clause It really doesn’t exist, unless you think a building manager saying “It’s a simple clause the bank wants that will have no impact on the body corporate whatsoever” is all the explanation a committee ever needs.  If you are looking for a more digestible explanation…

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Short Stay Laws Adopted in Noosa – Where Next?

Noosa Council have approved a new law to regulate the ongoing operation of short-stay letting. After a lengthy public consultation process and an extensive legal review, the new law was approved on the 21st October 2021 to come into effect on 1st February 2022. The new law aims to reduce the impacts of short-stay letting…

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Parties and Unruly Behaviour (QLD)

Most strata schemes see residents living in dense environments. When different people are brought closely together, it is not always smooth sailing. A common concern is whether a body corporate can effectively deal with parties and the unruly behaviour that follows. A common misconception is that a resident has a right to the quiet and…

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Community Management Statements Explained

Getting to know your community management statement All community titles schemes located in Queensland are created by registering a community management statement (CMS) with Titles Queensland, formerly the Queensland Land Titles Registry. If you want to know the rules for living in your body corporate (by-laws), who pays what towards the running and maintenance of…

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Community Education Seminars – Series Summary October 2021

Our latest round of Community Education Seminars were held all over Queensland this month, delivering the latest information on a wide range of strata-related topics. These topics ranged from committee code of conduct and reasonable decision-making to the insurance/reinsurance pool update in North Queensland, as well as covering issues such as electric vehicle charging stations,…

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Water Sub-Meters – Who’s Responsible?

The impacts of COVID have many people rethinking how they spend their money, which includes utility costs such as water. Strata Communities have varying methods of how water costs are charged to residents, depending upon how the infrastructure is set up. The charge method will either be based on individual sub-metered use or per unit…

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Balustrade Regulation Changes

Recent changes to the AS1288-2021 glass in building standard have set out revised standards for balustrades or barriers as they are now called. To help understand those changes, we asked the resident experts in glass, Beth Pope, Account Manager at O’Brien and Roland Rode, National Compliance Manager at O’Brien® to summarise the changes and what…

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