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STATUTORY REVIEWS – A PROCESS FOR CHANGING YOUR CARETAKING AGREEMENT

When a new community title scheme is established, the developer has an obligation – to both the body corporate and the caretaker – to ensure the caretaking agreement is appropriate for the scheme. It is not uncommon for bodies corporate and caretakers to have issues with the caretaking agreements and remuneration in new schemes, and…

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UNDERSTANDING STRATA DISPUTES: UNRAVELLING THE COMPLEX WEB

Introduction: Living in a strata-titled property has become increasingly common in urban environments, providing a sense of community along with shared responsibilities. However, the utopian vision of harmonious communal living is often disrupted by disputes that can arise among strata residents. These disputes, ranging from seemingly trivial matters to complex legal battles, are rooted in…

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INSURANCE CLAMP DOWN ON LEAKS & MAINTENANCE IN RESIDENTIAL STRATA

If you are like me, you would have noticed the recent clamp down on body corporate insurance claims – especially claims relating to damage caused by defects in the building that allow water to leak into habitable areas.  It seems that body corporate insurers are taking a dim view on bodies corporate that are unable…

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SOLAR IN STRATA – THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Rooftop solar is installed on approximately 2.8 million roofs in Australia. This totals about 18 GWs of solar; similar to the total coal plant generation capacity in the National Electricity Market (NEM). Despite this, the UNSW estimate we have used only 10% of the total potential rooftop solar capacity of 179 GW. The 179 GW…

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PART 2: 6 STEPS ON HOW TO BE EV READY IN YOUR STRATA BUILDING

In the realm of sustainable living, Electric Vehicle (EV) readiness within strata buildings stands as more than just a regulatory necessity. It’s a pivotal stride towards fostering a greener future. Building on our previous exploration of EV readiness, we delve further into practical steps and guidance, empowering strata communities to adopt EV charging seamlessly. Step…

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PART 1: HOW TO BE EV READY IN YOUR STRATA BUILDING

Introduction Strata communities are realising the importance of adapting to support sustainable living, and a significant part of this shift involves Electric Vehicles (EVs). In this two-part series, we’ll guide strata community members through the process of making strata buildings EV-ready. New Regulations for EV Charging in Strata As of October 2023, the National Construction…

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CONTINUING IMPACTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION & POOR VENTILATION IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Much has changed since our previous article that thrust the impacts of construction on apartment ventilation systems into the spotlight. Who would have known a global pandemic was just around the corner. Temperatures around Australia would hit record highs. Queensland’s property market would accelerate at rapid pace with interstate buyers flocking to the sunshine state in droves to ‘make home’ or invest in our…

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DEMYSTIFYING INSURANCE EXCESS

Who pays the excess on an insurance claim is an issue that our adjudicators are often called upon to determine. We will try and clear up the confusion surrounding who is liable for the excess on insurance claims by examining past orders of our adjudicators. It is important to keep in mind that the orders…

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10 STRATA PREDICTIONS FOR 2024

or, what can strata citizens expect this year … A Quick Read I don’t have a crystal ball. But, as a strata thinker and commentator, I think I can make some predictions about the trends that will impact Australian strata title experiences over 2024.  So, here are my 10 predictions, which I’ll revisit at the…

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WAYS THE BODY CORPORATE CAN EFFECTIVELY MAINTAIN THEIR APARTMENT BUILDINGS’ VENTILATION SYSTEM

Clean and well-maintained ventilation systems play a vital role in ensuring a healthy and comfortable living environment for residents and guests. Regular maintenance improves indoor air quality and prevents potential issues such as fire and health risks, poor airflow, unpleasant odours, overheating, and, in some cases mould growth. Let’s explore some ways in which the…

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