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Commissioners Appointment & Survey

I have recently been permanently appointed to the role of Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management. I am fortunate to have been with the office since 2008 both as a conciliator and in recent years as Manager, Conciliation Services. Given my background in our dispute resolution services I have seen some of the challenges…

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Repair Costs Order Limitations Explained

It is possible for any person who suffers damage to property as a result of a breach of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 or the Community Management Statement to make an adjudication application via the Commissioner’s Office to seek orders requiring the party responsible for the breach to pay the cost of…

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Caretaking Agreement Extensions Explained

Have you ever been asked to vote for an extension of your caretaker’s agreement? Put another way, has your Scheme been asked to ‘top up” your caretaker’s term usually by a further 5 years? It’s common and can actually occur once every financial year of the body corporate. After all, it is the caretaker’s prerogative…

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Community Education Seminars – Mackay next week!

Our Smart Strata seminar has been making its way through North Queensland and next week will make its final stop before heading back to Sunshine Coast. For the first time in a few years, we will be live at the Mantra Mackay on Wednesday 19th October. The past two seminars have heard from Grace Lawyers…

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Pets in Strata – Tenancy law changes 

The conventional wisdom is that the three biggest problems in strata communities are pets, parking and people.  Earlier this month on, 1 October 2022, one of those got even more confusing and divisive. Residential tenancies laws have changed.  Tenants will be able to ask their landlord for permission to keep a pet.  If the landlord…

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Community Education Seminar- Cairns & Townsville next week

Next week we are looking forward to hosting our Smart Strata seminar in Cairns and Townsville.  Our panel will be exploring: By-laws: Are they worth the paper they are written on? In this seminar series our panel of strata experts will explore: What are by-laws? Why are they necessary? How are by-law breaches reported? Who…

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Land Tax – Changes are coming

From 30 June 2023, the Queensland Revenue Office will be calculating landholder liabilities by aggregating the value of properties owned across Australia and not just in Queensland. While some interstate land may be excluded from the total value (because of an exemption, such as for a principal place of residence), landowners will have to apply…

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Community Education Seminars – Sunshine Coast Presenters Announced!

This week we announce the presenters of the Sunshine Coast Seminar, the final stop of our October roadshow. It is our pleasure to introduce Andrew Suttie partner at Nicholsons Solicitors and James Nickless partner at Chambers Russell Lawyers. Andrew and James will be two of the Sunshine Coast seminar presenters that will provide answers to…

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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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Community Education Seminars – North QLD Presenters Announced!

This week we announce our North Queensland Seminar presenters who will provide answers to the question that is recurring for many strata committees, By-laws: Are they worth the paper they are written on? It is our pleasure to introduce Jason Carlson and Jessica Cannon from Grace Lawyers who will take to the stage for our…

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