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Caretaker disputes

Body corporate disputes involving caretakers can generate considerable confusion and frustration. Our interactions with clients indicate that further clarification of the options available to resolve caretaker disputes and the legal requirements for termination would be helpful. In this article, we will highlight what the relevant legislation says about terminating an engagement and what steps the…

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No extension required for your late community management statement

My daughter was born 7 days late. Since then she has effortlessly maintained a strict regime of unpunctuality. Last term, her tardy approach to scholarly, musical and sporting endeavours was punctuated with a late paroxysm of activity. Then, like an elastic band after having reached its maximum tension threshold, she catapulted back to her natural…

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Caretakers and maintenance responsibilities

Common property maintenance is a regular source of contention in bodies corporate. Understandably, it can be frustrating for residents when they see that the common property is not being maintained in good condition. However, often this frustration is mistakenly directed towards the caretaker for the scheme. When speaking to clients, we caution the assumption that…

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Shady dealings – Do Bodies Corporate have to maintain shade structures?

Shade sails, often located on rooftop courtyards, are often the subject of maintenance disputes. The disputes can be complex including because of crucial facts such as when the structures were built, by whom, what they are made of, what maintenance has already been done to them and who paid for that. An excellent example involving all…

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BY-LAW SERIES – PART 4 – ENFORCEMENT

In part 1 of our by-law series, we discussed what by-laws are legislated to provide for. In parts 2 and 3 we discussed what by-laws cannot provide for. In the final instalment of our by-law series we discuss the requirements and process for enforcing by-laws. Section 94 of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act…

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What’s going on with inflation and interest rates?

It feels like a continuing procession of punches; bushfires, COVID, floods, a war in Europe, and now households and businesses alike face skyrocketing inflation and interest rates, cost blowouts and even mortgage/rent stress for some. And it seems to have hit us all of a sudden…… Inflation is the key, and it helps to recognise…

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By-Laws and Caretakers

The role of the caretaker within a body corporate can sometimes cause confusion. As the caretaker is frequently onsite managing the scheme’s day-to-day issues, it can fuel the assumption that the scope of their responsibilities is wider than it is. By-law enforcement is one of the tasks residents commonly attribute to caretakers. However, contrary to…

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How you know it’s time to repaint your building.

Owning, operating, and managing a building requires maintenance to not only hold its value but also add to it. Additionally, it is important that your building is well-maintained to please tenants and attract new ones. A fresh repaint of your building is one of the most constructive forms of maintenance that has many benefits in…

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Ratifying Committee Decisions

Did you overstep the mark (or do you need to)? Given the complexity of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and associated legislation, it is likely that committees may overstep the mark from time to time by making decisions beyond their authority. Likewise, a committee may sometimes pass a resolution with full knowledge…

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Electric Vehicles, are you prepared?

In October 2021, then Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor released a plan to deliver Australia’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Electric vehicles are tipped be a major part of Australia’s move towards sustainability, with most car manufacturers expected to shift to manufacturing electric vehicles…

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