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New Ideas For Strata Disputes

It’s inevitable that there’ll be strata disputes [or strata differences as I called them in my article ‘Better Ways to Approach Strata Differences’] and they’re not going away in hurry; even with new mindsets and better education. In almost all strata disputes the stakeholders adopt the mechanisms set out in the applicable strata laws and…

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Valid Committee Decisions

Committee decisions need to be made on a regular basis to administer the body corporate and its common property. The way in which decisions are made should reflect the priority of the matter to be considered. Factors of urgency and cost are the most common areas of determining the most appropriate method to make the…

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Considerations for Bodies Corporate when it comes to EV Charging

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and decreasing in cost. What does this mean for Bodies Corporate? This means that they have a choice: to either confront the issue now or to wait and try and resolve the issue when it becomes ripe. Ideally, Bodies Corporate should have a plan. Put simply by Alan Lakein,…

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Budgeting Tips for the New Financial Year

As we head into a new financial year and Christmas rapidly approaches it is important to set yourself up financially and budget for expenses you don’t often think about – like body corporate fees. If you own an apartment or are looking to invest in one, you are required to pay body corporate fees, commonly…

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FAQ: Accessing Body Corporate Records (QLD)

A body corporate must keep particular records and allow certain people to inspect and copy those records. Section 205 of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 provides for this access, and the regulation modules cover the fees that will apply, a committee’s right to records, and when access to records can be refused. The information and community…

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Not Every Strata Problem is a Nail (NSW)

Or, stopping hammering by-laws and rules as the one size fits all solution… 25 years ago, I popularised by-laws as a great way to customise strata building operations. But the proliferation of strata by-laws and strata rules since then has gone too far; leading to unnecessary, inappropriate, and invalid by-laws and rules with strata stakeholders…

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Common Invalid By-Laws (QLD)

By-laws remain one of the most consistent types of enquiry we get every day and the enquirers are a very broad church. These enquiries include: – Owners wanting to know what to do about their body corporate breaching them – Resident managers about whether they can enforce by-laws (which they shouldn’t) – Bodies corporate wanting…

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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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Suing for Strata Building Defects

Since most strata buildings don’t have home building insurance [as they’re over 3 storeys] and even where insurance exists it is ‘last resort’, they have to sue the builder [and sometimes others to get defects fixed].  So, it’s time we all brushed up on the basics and not so basics of suing for strata building…

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Online Voting Education

Last year we introduced online voting capabilities to provide a compliant option to conform with the COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation, which modified strata meeting processes during restrictions. Effective use of electronic meetings and online voting including the difference between the two was explained in an article provided by online voting platform service providers we utilise,…

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