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Industry Insurance Report – 47 Critical Functions Confirmed

Industry first complete review of strata insurance – here’s everything you need to know! SCA (QLD) has been consistently promoting how crucial the role of a body corporate manager is to the running of a scheme, and this report has confirmed that. It was revealed that strata managers perform 47 critical functions in the insurance supply…

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Calling all Strata Champions

Is strata suffering from a leadership crisis… Why is it so difficult to get strata buildings to make decisions on anything but routine or emergency issues?  Many strata stakeholders are frustrated by it but there are few solutions.  In this article I revisit some older research that considers the idea of finding, cultivating, and encouraging…

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Tax Time – Best Practice and Non-mutual Income

BAS and Tax Agent Requirements Tax time is here so it is important to be mindful of the obligations of the schemes, as well as compliance responsibilities for agents. Bodies corporate obligations Bodies corporate are required to lodge tax returns if they have $1 or more in assessable income which is not considered “mutual income.”…

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Maintenance of prescribed Fire Safety Installations – it’s your obligation!

Fire Safety Installations in buildings must be capable of operating to performance standards in the event of a fire. As a building owner, leaser, agent and/or manager of your premises you must know if your building has prescribed Fire Safety Installations and what your obligations are to maintain them. When it comes to your fire-safety…

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What Causes Strata Conflict?

At the core of most strata conflict is someone refusing something. For example, the committee refusing to approve a pet, or an occupier refusing to comply with a by-law. Or it is even simpler than that, such as an owner refusing to pay levies or vote at a general meeting. The legalistic approach to resolving…

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Safety Tips for Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Barbeques

Once again, the festive season is almost upon us and with it comes the annual routine of dusting off the barbeque (BBQ), filling up the gas bottle (or buying charcoal) and making your BBQ one of the most loved and well-used (outdoor) kitchen appliances. Unfortunately, with one of Australia’s most iconic pleasures also comes a…

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What Is An Embedded Network, and Am I In One?

This article is a joint publication from the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management (OBBCM), and the Energy & Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ). This article aims to address some common questions about embedded networks and the requirements for living in one.   What is an embedded network? An embedded network is…

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Appeal tribunal upholds a by-law banning short term letting

You have been told time and time again that a body corporate cannot make a by-law banning short term letting or Airbnb within its strata community.  But a strata community we have been working with closely for almost two years put in place a by-law prohibiting lettings of less than one month as a means…

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5 Most Common Invalid By-Laws (QLD)

We see thousands of by-laws every year. Our personal favourite is a by-law requiring the body corporate to keep a rope in the pool so that if a koala falls in, the koala can climb back out. We don’t see how that by-law can ever be enforced, especially by the koala it is there to…

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