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Committee Meetings in COVID times

Daily news broadcasts mean that we are continually provided with the latest on COVID cases, new strains and health guidelines.  The news can be overwhelming to say the least, however these are the times that we live in and whether we like it or not, we need to consider the impacts on our day to…

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Communal Living – Christmas Survival Guide

Well, it’s that time of year again – will there be Christmas Cheer or Tears? It is the time of year where we put aside our differences and disputes over dogs barking or the neighbouring apartment smoking. Instead, we take the opportunity to argue about Christmas lights on balconies, parties that run until the early…

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Property Sales FOMO

The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is heightened amongst property owners in South East Queensland at the moment. Growth that we haven’t seen for decades continues to baffle and amaze everyone I talk to. The hot question of course being: “Should I sell now to take advantage of this growth?” Of course, the various responses…

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Are you ready for storm season?

Summertime is historically the peak period for storm season so now is the time to get prepared.  Intense weather events can occur with very little notice (if any at all) and when they hit, it is usually with devastating consequences. Storm and particularly cyclone damage can leave a long-term impact both financially and emotionally for…

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Buying Out the Building Manager

Can a body corporate “buy out” the building manager? Let me start out by making this observation – sometimes it’s tricky to figure out what someone is really asking. Perhaps because of a language barrier… like the time I went to lunch with my friend Scott to a Japanese restaurant (don’t jump to conclusions just…

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Who are the Vaccination Police?

Down the vaccination rabbit hole For those who can remember their childhood, Alice in Wonderland was quite the trip. But that mind-bending exercise in pretzel logic is nothing compared with the rabbit hole we are all about to enter with COVID-19 vaccination in strata communities. The Cheshire cat said to Alice, ‘If you don’t know…

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What is a Gallery Vie Clause?

A plain and simple explanation of a Gallery Vie clause It really doesn’t exist, unless you think a building manager saying “It’s a simple clause the bank wants that will have no impact on the body corporate whatsoever” is all the explanation a committee ever needs.  If you are looking for a more digestible explanation…

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Parties and Unruly Behaviour (QLD)

Most strata schemes see residents living in dense environments. When different people are brought closely together, it is not always smooth sailing. A common concern is whether a body corporate can effectively deal with parties and the unruly behaviour that follows. A common misconception is that a resident has a right to the quiet and…

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Community Management Statements Explained

Getting to know your community management statement All community titles schemes located in Queensland are created by registering a community management statement (CMS) with Titles Queensland, formerly the Queensland Land Titles Registry. If you want to know the rules for living in your body corporate (by-laws), who pays what towards the running and maintenance of…

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Community Education Seminars – Series Summary October 2021

Our latest round of Community Education Seminars were held all over Queensland this month, delivering the latest information on a wide range of strata-related topics. These topics ranged from committee code of conduct and reasonable decision-making to the insurance/reinsurance pool update in North Queensland, as well as covering issues such as electric vehicle charging stations,…

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