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Towing Order Explained

One of the most contentious issues in strata properties is the perennial problem of residents using visitor car parking spaces. While the sight of a resident’s car continually occupying a visitor space contrary to the by-laws can cause tensions to rise, there is no quick fix to enforcing those by-laws. Tempting as it may be,…

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Management Rights Reform FAQ’s

Enacting change to long-standing practices in any industry is difficult. Even when there is widespread support for sensible reforms, there will always be pockets of resistance. Often this is based on a misunderstanding of what is being proposed, and then misinformation is repeated and amplified by opponents to try to derail a reform process. That’s…

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Land Tax Reform Scraped

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says it’s a relief that the Queensland land tax regime was officially repealed with an amendment moved in Parliament last month. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella congratulated the state government for making the move to stop the controversial reform before it came into effect saying it was the right…

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Cleaning Vehicles on Common Property

Within a Community Title Scheme (yes, I am referring to your “body corporate”) this is a very common statement that we hear often from people – “But I don’t use it, so why should I have to pay for it?”. Some recent examples of this statement are: I don’t use the swimming pool – why…

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Commissioners Office – Renting with Pets

The keeping of pets in a body corporate can be a divisive topic. Naturally, the risk of not being able to keep a beloved pet can be an emotionally taxing experience for pet owners living in community titles schemes. To keep potential conflict at a minimum, it is critical for all involved to be aware…

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By-Laws Seminar Series – Video Released

For those of you that missed our recent Strata Community Education seminar or would like to re-watch and/or pass it on to friends, colleagues or committee members our online edition of the Sunshine Coast seminar is now available for you to view. In this seminar series our panel of strata experts explored: What are by-laws?…

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Parking Fines – Are They Legal?

Management of car parking is an issue for many Bodies Corporate, particularly when it comes to enforcing by-laws in relation to parking at a scheme. While there is a statutory process for enforcing parking by-laws, this can be long and cumbersome when it comes to issues such as how people are parking at the Scheme…

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Noise By-Law Disputes & Self Resolution Options

Let’s not beat around the bush – sex is happening in strata, everywhere, right now. In bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and on balconies. At all hours of the day and night. What goes on behind closed doors is none of our business – when it’s silent. But when its symphonic… Consider this scenario: A young couple…

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Community Education Seminars – Sunshine Coast next week! 

This week our seminar series officially drew to a close for our North Queensland audience. With our last stop in Mackay a great success we are both delighted with what our speakers and presenters have displayed so far and excited for our final stop on the Sunshine Coast Next week. Seminars past have had a…

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Stop Bullying Emails Order

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has jurisdiction to make orders to stop bullying upon application by a ‘worker’ who reasonably believes that he/ she has been bullied at work. Although bodies corporate rarely have employees in the traditional sense, they can still be involved in bullying claims commenced by contractors and other people who work at the…

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