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THANK YOU FOR NOT (RUSHING TO BAN) SMOKING

Everyone loves a simple solution to a problem. That is what has been delivered for smoking in community titles schemes.[1] It’s now deemed to be a nuisance for an occupier to regularly expose someone else to smoke, and a body corporate can now make a by-law banning smoking on all the common property and an…

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5 TIPS FOR BETTER BY-LAWS

The cynics amongst us might complain there’s no utility in creating magnificent by-laws where the enforcement process is so laboursome. But wouldn’t you prefer to emerge victorious from your one-year battle than to wipe the egg from your face as an adjudicator tells you the by-law you were seeking to rely upon to prevent the…

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES

More Queenslanders are deciding to switch to zero-emission vehicles as Australians reduce their carbon emissions footprint. Zero-emission vehicles include: hydrogen vehicles fuel cell vehicles electric vehicles (EV). In 2022 the Queensland Government released: Queensland’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy 2022-2032 and Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan 2022-2024. It is anticipated that by 2030, 50 per cent…

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ENFORCEMENT OF BY-LAWS THROUGH THE MAGISTRATES COURT

Did you know that the Body Corporate and Community Management Commissioner’s Office is not the only avenue to enforce a Body Corporate by-law? In this video, OMB Solicitors Senior Associate, Elisha Quigg, talks about how you can enforce by-laws through the Magistrates Court in a timely and economical way. Article Contributed by OMB Solicitors 

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IS UNLAWFUL SHORT TERM ACCOMMODATION USE OF RESIDENTIAL LOTS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SEQ HOUSING CRISIS?

One of the most vexing issues in Queensland’s strata industry is the compatibility of short-term holiday accommodation with long-term residential living.  A prominent building in South Brisbane that was developed for long-term residential living became the latest battleground for this industry issue. Background The scheme’s management rights operator filed an application in the Planning &…

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THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES FOR VISITOR PARKING ISSUES

One of the most contentious issues in strata properties is the perennial problem of residents using visitor car parking spaces. While the sight of a resident’s car continually occupying a visitor space contrary to the by-laws can cause tensions to rise, there is no quick fix to enforcing those by-laws. Tempting as it may be,…

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES REFORMS TO BY-LAWS AND SCHEME TERMINATION

It has taken almost three years now of consistent advocacy from consecutive Boards and SCA (Qld) staff but the Attorney General in conjunction with the Deputy Premier this morning released media information detailing the most significant changes to body corporate law in the state of Queensland for decades. Scheme Termination SCA (Qld) was pleased to…

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Survey Results In!

You have helped us help you! A big thank you to over 817 people who took the time out of your busy schedule to share your thoughts and concerns. Your feedback will help enable us to create invaluable information for our readers. The results have shown a diverse range of opinions within the Strata communities…

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Caretaking Agreement Extensions Explained

Have you ever been asked to vote for an extension of your caretaker’s agreement? Put another way, has your Scheme been asked to ‘top up” your caretaker’s term usually by a further 5 years? It’s common and can actually occur once every financial year of the body corporate. After all, it is the caretaker’s prerogative…

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Pets in Strata – Tenancy law changes 

The conventional wisdom is that the three biggest problems in strata communities are pets, parking and people.  Earlier this month on, 1 October 2022, one of those got even more confusing and divisive. Residential tenancies laws have changed.  Tenants will be able to ask their landlord for permission to keep a pet.  If the landlord…

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