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Policing COVID Compliance

Who polices compliance with COVID-19 public health directions in a strata community? I had hoped that my reflections on change and resilience would be the last article I wrote on the topic of COVID-19.  However, it remains at the front of everyone’s minds with NSW coming out of lockdown, Victoria going into lockdown, and Queenslanders…

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BCM Licensing – Have your say!

We are seeking your feedback on a proposed regulatory framework for licensing of body corporate managers in Queensland. This has been a goal of SCA (Qld) since our inception in 1983. A well designed licensing regime would represent a watershed moment for our industry and create a new era of professionalism in the sector. The…

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Management Rights Transfer FAQs

If you are involved in a strata community with an on-site manager or caretaker, there may come a time when the agreements in place commonly known as management rights, change hands. If this happens, you will no doubt have lots of questions about what the rights and obligations of each party has including time frames.…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Seaside Strata Building with Preventative Maintenance

When you think of ocean-side properties, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the smell of the sea breeze? The sound of seagulls circling overhead? The ease of walking down to the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes? Or perhaps it’s the non-stop struggle of dealing with salt corrosion,…

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Strata Community Education Seminars: Registrations Filling Fast!

Following on from the success of our recent seminars, Smart Strata is pleased to present a new series of Strata Community Education Seminars commencing in early October, to be presented by foundation partners, Archers the Strata Professionals. We’ll be presenting in regions across Queensland including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast & the Sunshine Coast.  Hear from…

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Growth By Region Revealed

Strata growth in Queensland – which region had the most growth? It’s our favourite time of the year – announcing which strata region has grown the most over the past year. And for the second year in a row the title goes to… The Sunshine Coast which recorded a 2.93% growth in schemes in the…

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Cairns and South East Qld restrictions easing from 4pm Friday 20 August 2021

From Friday 20 August 2021, 4pm South East Queensland LGAs will have some restrictions eased. These restrictions will remain in the regions until 27 August 2021, and if no further developments occur over the next week they will come in line with the current restrictions in the rest of Queensland. The current restrictions in the…

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Commissioner Explains Maintenance Obligations

When planning community education activities, our BCCM information and community education team use data insights and your feedback to identify the issues that clients need to know about.  As our data shows maintenance in community titles schemes continues to be a hot topic, in this month’s edition of Common Ground we are exploring body corporate…

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By-laws Restricting Short Term Letting

In November 2018, the QCAT Appeal Tribunal found that Bodies Corporate in Queensland could not ban or restrict lot owners from “holiday letting” their lots or using services like Airbnb. However, in April 2020, a decision of the District Court flipped the Appeal Tribunal decision on its head, leading several schemes in South East Queensland…

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Living with Smoke Drift

Earlier this year, new legislation changes came into effect for Bodies Corporate in Queensland. This incorporated a number of changes designed to make the operation of a Body Corporate more efficient, through things like electronic notices and meetings. Unfortunately, what it did not do was make any changes to some of the key issues that…

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