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NEW LAWS OPEN THE CATFLAP TO PETS

On Tuesday 14 November 2023, the Queensland Government passed new body corporate laws. The new laws will commence on a date yet to be announced, which is likely to be in early 2024.  Three things to know about new strata laws regarding pets: The new legislation is extremely pet-friendly Existing ‘no-pets’ by-laws are confirmed as invalid,…

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ENERGY REGULATOR ANNOUNCES NEW REVIEW ON EXEMPTIONS FRAMEWORK FOR EMBEDDED NETWORKS

Energy Regulator Announces New Review on Exemptions Framework For Embedded Networks The AER have announced another review of the exemption’s framework of the legislation for embedded networks. The reviewing was initiated on the 30th of November 2023 and is expected to be finished early 2025. We are seeing the strata industry shift towards the retail…

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TOWING OF CARS IN STRATA

Under the new laws, a body corporate wanting to tow a car will no longer require an order from the Commissioner’s Office before they tow. But the devil is in the detail. Find out what’s new regarding parking and towing in strata schemes, and how to ensure you don’t get caught out doing the wrong…

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BODIES CORPORATE, UNIT OWNERS AND LAND BUYERS BETTER SUPPORTED UNDER NEW REFORMS

Scheme termination, pets, smoking and more… Limits on developers invoking sunset clauses will better protect Queensland buyers New laws will also crackdown on smokers while making it easier for residents to keep pets New body corporate laws and protections for ‘off the plan’ buyers have passed in Queensland Parliament. Previously, if a contract included a…

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TERMITES AND PEST CONTROL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The warmer weather at the start of spring can trigger increased termite activity in properties run by bodies corporate. Therefore, bodies corporate need to keep on top of inspections and treatments, as preventing infestations can save thousands of dollars. Who is responsible for maintenance at my body corporate property? Pest management in a complex can…

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COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE – CLARIFYING CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The term ‘conflict of interest’ is used widely in a variety of non-body corporate situations. Sometimes confusion surrounding its use in the body corporate context is, therefore, to be expected. This article will canvas and clarify conflicts of interest under body corporate legislation. While this article is primarily targeted at community titles schemes regulated by…

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LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL INQUIRY – REPORT RELEASED

The Legal Affairs and Safety Committee has released its report following the inquiry into the Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023. The key issues raised during the committee’s examination of the Bill included: termination of a community titles scheme for economic reasons approval of alternative insurance arrangements for bodies corporate…

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SOLAR PANELS IN STRATA: THINGS TO KNOW FOR BODIES CORPORATE AND LOT OWNERS

Now more than ever before, Bodies Corporate and Lot Owners are considering solar panels. This is largely due to rising electricity prices and cost-of-living pressures. Deciding whether to purchase and install solar panels can be difficult for standalone homeowners. For Bodies Corporate and their Lot Owners, the decision is even more complicated due to the…

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LAW REFORM – SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TOMORROW!

On 24 August 2023 the Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence introduced the Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee for detailed consideration. The…

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REFORM BILL INTRODUCED TO PARLIAMENT

Reform Measures in Parliament Yesterday the Attorney-General introduced a Bill to make significant changes to the Body Corporate and Community Management Act. Whilst we are waiting on more detail, we are pleased to provide you with a high level summary below. Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 Attorney-General and Minister…

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