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Management Rights Top Ups

Can management rights agreements be “topped-up” more than once? It is current industry practice for managers to ‘top-up’ the term of their management rights agreement when it falls below the statutory term limitation prescribed by legislation. It is also common ground and accepted that the total unexpired term of the management rights agreements cannot extend…

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Policing COVID Compliance

Who polices compliance with COVID-19 public health directions in a strata community? I had hoped that my reflections on change and resilience would be the last article I wrote on the topic of COVID-19.  However, it remains at the front of everyone’s minds with NSW coming out of lockdown, Victoria going into lockdown, and Queenslanders…

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Energy Strategy in Strata – Case Study

The Future of Energy in Strata The energy landscape within strata title communities is often overlooked, difficult to navigate, and expensive. The conversation to define your Energy Strategy is more important now, than ever before.   What is Energy Strategy in Strata? Energy Strategy for strata title communities (Strata) is the collaborative process of planning,…

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Strata Rules, By-Laws & Covenants

Strata rules, by-laws, and covenants have had a bad rap recently. But, they still offer the strata experts and DIY strata owners the best tools to customise [or even hot-rod] their strata buildings to make them perform better than standard models. Vroom vroom … Introduction Strata building rules, by-laws, and covenants are a fundamental part…

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Management Rights Transfer FAQs

If you are involved in a strata community with an on-site manager or caretaker, there may come a time when the agreements in place commonly known as management rights, change hands. If this happens, you will no doubt have lots of questions about what the rights and obligations of each party has including time frames.…

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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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Running Better Meetings

A good [or great] strata meeting is about much more than just the rules … Knowing and following the rules for running a strata meeting is just table stakes in the meeting and decision game as they’re just the processes and not the objective of a meeting.  Rather, good strata meetings need smart preparation, soft…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Seaside Strata Building with Preventative Maintenance

When you think of ocean-side properties, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the smell of the sea breeze? The sound of seagulls circling overhead? The ease of walking down to the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes? Or perhaps it’s the non-stop struggle of dealing with salt corrosion,…

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Airbnb – Residential Use Defined

A number of body corporate lawyers have recently published articles claiming that bodies corporate could use by-laws to ban holiday lettings, despite the Body Corporate and Community Management Act (BCCMA) prohibiting such by-laws. The basis for the claim was a recent District Court decision which concerned a complex governed by the Building Units and Group…

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Settling Car Park Storage Wars

One of the most contentious issues we see dividing committees and owners relates to car park storage. Requests to install storage structures and enforcement of by-laws when items or structures are put in place without approval, requires careful consideration to maintain harmony. In this article we delve into the common storage request types, terms of…

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