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Smoke Drift Disputes

Smoking in community titles schemes (CTS) is the subject of many enquiries received by our information and community education unit. This article aims to provide information to owners and occupiers who may be having a dispute with someone else in their scheme about second-hand tobacco smoke drifting from somewhere else in the scheme. There are…

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COVID-19 Emergency Provisions Extended

COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Provisions extended for bodies corporate until 30 April 2022 SCA (Qld) confirms that all of the temporary COVID-19 measures currently in force to assist bodies corporate and unit owners to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency are drafted so that they expire on the COVID-19 legislation expiry day. In relation to the…

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Strata Community Education Seminars: Registrations Filling Fast!

Following on from the success of our recent seminars, Smart Strata is pleased to present a new series of Strata Community Education Seminars commencing in early October, to be presented by foundation partners, Archers the Strata Professionals. We’ll be presenting in regions across Queensland including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast & the Sunshine Coast.  Hear from…

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Growth By Region Revealed

Strata growth in Queensland – which region had the most growth? It’s our favourite time of the year – announcing which strata region has grown the most over the past year. And for the second year in a row the title goes to… The Sunshine Coast which recorded a 2.93% growth in schemes in the…

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Cairns and South East Qld restrictions easing from 4pm Friday 20 August 2021

From Friday 20 August 2021, 4pm South East Queensland LGAs will have some restrictions eased. These restrictions will remain in the regions until 27 August 2021, and if no further developments occur over the next week they will come in line with the current restrictions in the rest of Queensland. The current restrictions in the…

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Commissioner Explains Maintenance Obligations

When planning community education activities, our BCCM information and community education team use data insights and your feedback to identify the issues that clients need to know about.  As our data shows maintenance in community titles schemes continues to be a hot topic, in this month’s edition of Common Ground we are exploring body corporate…

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By-laws Restricting Short Term Letting

In November 2018, the QCAT Appeal Tribunal found that Bodies Corporate in Queensland could not ban or restrict lot owners from “holiday letting” their lots or using services like Airbnb. However, in April 2020, a decision of the District Court flipped the Appeal Tribunal decision on its head, leading several schemes in South East Queensland…

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Living with Smoke Drift

Earlier this year, new legislation changes came into effect for Bodies Corporate in Queensland. This incorporated a number of changes designed to make the operation of a Body Corporate more efficient, through things like electronic notices and meetings. Unfortunately, what it did not do was make any changes to some of the key issues that…

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Stage 3 Cladding Update

Bodies Corporate must give a hard copy Fire Engineer’s statement to all of the building’s occupants within 60 days… and ongoing. The QBCC have confirmed that all owners AND tenants must be given a full copy of the report within 60 days of receiving the report. Bodies corporate with affected buildings under Part 4A of the…

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Commissioner’s Office Annual Fee Increase

Each year the fees for the services provided by the BCCM Office increase in line with the Consumer Price Index. Changes include fee increases for accessing body corporate records, whether by a lot owner or a non-lot owner. The fees for dispute resolution services will also be increasing including applications for conciliation, final orders and…

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