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Commissioners Corner – Hard Flooring Noise Transference – Practical Tips!

The issue of noise transference from hard flooring in apartments (like timber and tiles) is a common source of dispute. Even when an occupier is using their lot for normal daily activities, inadequate soundproofing under their hard floors can have a significant and frustrating impact on adjacent lots. Most bodies corporate have a by-law restricting…

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Asset Withholding Tax Changes

Foreign resident capital gains withholding first applied to vendors disposing of certain taxable Australian property under contracts entered into from 1 July 2016. A 10% non-final withholding was applied to these transactions at settlement. New rules for foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) apply to vendors disposing of certain taxable property under contracts entered into from 1 July…

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QLD Audit Taskforce in the wake of Grenfell tragedy

Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, property owners around the world have no doubt gone back to their books to investigate the flammability of materials used in their buildings to ensure another disaster isn’t repeated. The fire sparked apartment building safety audits in numerous countries, including Australia. Just hours after the Grenfell Tower fire, experts…

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Strata Law Reform – 64 Final Recommendations

Following on from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) recommendations released in February 2017, a further 64 “final” recommendations have been released in a recent announcement made by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills, The Honourable Yvette D’Ath. The report focuses on procedural issues under the Body Corporate and Community…

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