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Caretakers and maintenance responsibilities

Common property maintenance is a regular source of contention in bodies corporate. Understandably, it can be frustrating for residents when they see that the common property is not being maintained in good condition. However, often this frustration is mistakenly directed towards the caretaker for the scheme. When speaking to clients, we caution the assumption that…

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Shady dealings – Do Bodies Corporate have to maintain shade structures?

Shade sails, often located on rooftop courtyards, are often the subject of maintenance disputes. The disputes can be complex including because of crucial facts such as when the structures were built, by whom, what they are made of, what maintenance has already been done to them and who paid for that. An excellent example involving all…

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Community Education Seminars – NQ Recap

Last week the debate roadshow travelled to North Queensland with great success and resounding feedback that the format was both engaging and informative. Jason Carlson (Grace Lawyers), Trevor Rawnsley (ARAMA) and Mario Esera (HWL Ebsworth) delivered their respective viewpoints and strategies for achieving harmony within strata schemes while debate facilitator Chris Irons (Strata Solve) looked…

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Body corporate communications

The transition from life in a detached dwelling, where one is accustomed to a degree of autonomy, to life in a body corporate is a challenge for many residents. How well the realities of community living are managed hinges upon communication. It is not an overstatement to say that good communication is the cornerstone of…

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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 – NEXT SPEAKER ANNOUNCED

The Great Strata debate is essentially the gift that keeps on giving. Over the past 3 weeks, we have announced some highly regarded, well-known specialists within the Strata community who will be taking the stage as adjudicators and panelists for the upcoming Strata Community Education Seminars. This has included Chris Irons – Strata Solve, Juliette…

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Save the Date – Community Education Seminars Announced

If you are an owner, investor or committee member within a strata scheme or bodies corporate this message is for you! Twice a year Smart Strata proudly delivers a seminar series to Queensland connecting the strata community to strata professionals. Our next seminar series will be no different, as you will see, as we unveil…

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Flood damage – impacts service

As you may already be aware South East Queensland was hit hard with the heavy rainfall two weeks ago which has resulted in damaging floods to Brisbane and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, our building at 154 Melbourne Street South Brisbane did not escape damage.We were originally advised by our building manager that we should be able to access the…

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Removing Committee Members – Commissioners Advice

Committees are made up of lot owners or their representatives and are elected each year, usually at the annual general meeting, to represent lot owners and make decisions on behalf of the body corporate. From time to time, a body corporate may for various reasons decide to remove a committee member or members from office.…

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Who are the Vaccination Police?

Down the vaccination rabbit hole For those who can remember their childhood, Alice in Wonderland was quite the trip. But that mind-bending exercise in pretzel logic is nothing compared with the rabbit hole we are all about to enter with COVID-19 vaccination in strata communities. The Cheshire cat said to Alice, ‘If you don’t know…

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