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The Top 5 Mistakes Committees Make When Enforcing By-Laws

By-laws. We talk about them a lot – how they get reviewed, registered, enforced, or challenged. They are complicated and complex. Which means mistakes get made. Read on for our top 5 mistakes committees make when enforcing by-laws. Have you even looked at this flowchart for by-law enforcement? It’s great because it gives the idiot’s…

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Reviewing Caretaker Remuneration

We get a lot of questions from resident managers and committees about caretaking remuneration and the ability to change it. Quite often there are misconceptions that the resident manager is a type of employee. That is not the case. The typical management rights arrangement is a contract for service in which the service provider performs…

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BY-LAW SERIES – PART 4 – ENFORCEMENT

In part 1 of our by-law series, we discussed what by-laws are legislated to provide for. In parts 2 and 3 we discussed what by-laws cannot provide for. In the final instalment of our by-law series we discuss the requirements and process for enforcing by-laws. Section 94 of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act…

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What’s going on with inflation and interest rates?

It feels like a continuing procession of punches; bushfires, COVID, floods, a war in Europe, and now households and businesses alike face skyrocketing inflation and interest rates, cost blowouts and even mortgage/rent stress for some. And it seems to have hit us all of a sudden…… Inflation is the key, and it helps to recognise…

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Ratifying Committee Decisions

Did you overstep the mark (or do you need to)? Given the complexity of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and associated legislation, it is likely that committees may overstep the mark from time to time by making decisions beyond their authority. Likewise, a committee may sometimes pass a resolution with full knowledge…

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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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Electric Vehicles, are you prepared?

In October 2021, then Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor released a plan to deliver Australia’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Electric vehicles are tipped be a major part of Australia’s move towards sustainability, with most car manufacturers expected to shift to manufacturing electric vehicles…

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BY-LAW SERIES – PART 3 – BY-LAW LIMITATIONS CONTINUED

In part 1 of our by-law series, we discussed what by-laws are legislated to provide for. In part 2 of our by-law series, we discussed the first 4 limitations of what by-laws cannot provide for. Sections 180 and 181 of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (BCCMA) set out 8 limitations for by-laws.In part 3 we…

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Insurance Claim Delays Explained

QLD and NSW, in particular, have experienced an unprecedented amount of rain and as a result, the volume of Insurance claim lodgements has increased significantly. A number of insurers have set up dedicated Catastrophe claim teams and Loss Adjusters have been brought into affected regions. Whilst from the outside, it seems that there is not…

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Community Educations Seminars – 1st Debate Panellist Announced

Opinions, we all have them. Some are stronger than others but how do we ever really know who is right? In the weeks just past we have announced that Chris Irons, Strata Solve and Juliette Nairn, OMB Solicitors would be the ones to adjudicate the Great Strata Debate taking place Queensland wide in May and…

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