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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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The History of Body Corporate Series – Part 3

The History of body corporate is ever-changing. Over the last few weeks, we have delved into the past to review the transformation the industry has made. Part one started back in the 1930 to 1960 era when community living first emerged in QLD. It then covered 1960-1970 when multi-story dwellings and cluster housing were given…

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Painting Quote Assessment

A good painting quote is critical to the success of the job. As a legal document, it outlines what both the client and painter can expect. We often get asked what constitutes a “good” painting quote. A good quote is an accumulation of numerous factors. DID YOU GET A QUOTE BACK? The first indication of…

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Bad Neighbours & Sale Contract Disclosure

In a case decided by the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a seller of a strata lot was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to someone who purchased their unit. The seller failed to disclose to the buyer something that would materially affect their use and enjoyment of the property they…

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QFES Alarm Monitoring Schedule of Charges 2022-23

It’s that time of year again. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has released its Annual Alarm Management Charge (AMC) for the 2022-2023 financial year. The Alarm Management Agreement (AMA) is administered by the Contract Management Unit. The AMA is a contract between QFES and the registered premises owner (Body Corporate)  of a protected premises…

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The History of Body Corporate Series- Part 2

The landscape of Body Corporate has transformed massively over the past 90 years.  From the emergence of community living in 1930- 1906 to 1960-1970 when multi-storey dwellings and cluster housing were given direction through two new laws. Both of these eras were covered last week in The History of Body Corporate Series- Part 1. This…

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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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